Empire! Empire! (I was a Lonely Estate)
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Empire! Empire! (I was a Lonely Estate)

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"What It Takes to Move Forward- Alt Press"

Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) make music of another time. Their earnest (and at times, overwrought) sound recalls what the kids and critics once termed "Midwestern emo" (think the Promise Ring, Braid and American Football). Sunny Day Real Estate spawned it, and Empire! Empire! carry the torch.

The band hit paydirt on the propulsive "Keep What You Have Built Up Here," where vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Keith Latinen strains for almost unreachable highs. Elsewhere, they use a lethargic tempo and meandering, twinkling guitars to mine the sediments of existential despair. The band's Achilles heel is their song lengths (something to be expected, considering the word counts of their moniker and song titles). They definitely could have shed some time off the Mineral-esque "It Happened Because You Left," which is rather unwieldy at eight minutes.

Still, Empire! Empire! show serious potential in crafting crowd-pleasing sing-alongs ("Rally The Troops!"). They would be wise to nurture that talent and fuse it with the energy of the livelier sections of their finer material (the writhing "It's A Plague And You're Invited"). The use of banjo, cello and trumpet on "With Your Greatest Fears Realized, You Will Never Be Comforted" demonstrates that these kids have a few tricks up their sleeves. Hopefully they'll employ more unexpected moments on future recordings, since that is what it takes to move a superior band forward. (COUNT YOUR LUCKY STARS) Casey Boland - Alternative Press Review

"What It Takes to Move Forward"

Taking two years to make and lots of roadblocks to overcome (line up changes, recording delays, etc.), this young Michigan outift with a long name and almost as long song titles finally releases their much anticipated debut full length after two successful EPs. Though this began as a solo outlet for frontman Keith Latinen, Empire! Empire! soon became the quartet they are today, gaining a lot of momentum and worldwide praise.

Playing the sort to melodic, emotive post-hardcore that was so common in the mid to late 90's, Empire! Empire! deliver delicately textured songs with ambient, meandering instrumentation that occasionally picks up the pace with excellent jangly guitars. The vocals often remind me Copeland or early Saves The Day- high pitched and heartfelt- and it sometimes drops down to a whisper or even talking. The songs twist and turn with carefully calculated musicianship, often lasting 5+ minutes, though the instrumenation is intriguing enough so as not to make you aware you just listened to an 8 minute track.

Sincere and passionate, the bulk of this is atmostpheric, cascading, delicate guitar work that really brings to mind Mineral's 'End Serenading'. Sounding more like a bands 5th than 1st album, this is a very mature, accomplished body of work that reminds of us of all the greats from a decade ago, but retains a modern day feel as well. Definitely 99% better than what everyone calls 'emo' these days...

For fans of: Sunny Day Real Estate, Mineral, American Football, Christie Front Drive, The Promise Ring (early)
- Go 211!

"Year of the Rabbit Review"

For a 7, I couldnt think of a more perfect package. Empire! Empire! is likely to reel in quite the audience once the masses become more aware of their truly beautifully poignant voice in independent rock. Year of the Rabbit is a must-have for anyone who supports the revival thats underway in the Midwest: a revival that refuses to allow the overlooked magnificence of the regions predecessors die. - Absolutepunk.net

"Year of the Rabbit Review"

The band takes the best parts of indie, pop, and a touch of folk to make their own unique sound. Im pretty sure Empire! Empire! are a name youll be seeing later. - Late Night Wallflower

"Year of the Rabbit Review"

Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) might employ an over the top use of punctuation in their egregiously long band name, but once their beautiful instrumentation hits your ears, it might not matter…a band worth keeping an ear on in the coming times. - Punknews.org


What It Takes to Move Forward (LP)- 2009
1. How to Make Love Stay
2. Keep What You Have Built Up Here
3. What Safe Means (mp3)
4. It Happened Because You Left
5. Rally the Troops! Poke Holes In Their Defenses! Line Our Coffers With Their Coffins!
6. It’s a Plague, and You’re Invited
7. Everything Is Connected and Everything Matters (A Temporary Solution to a Permanent Problem)
8. The Next Step to Regaining Control
9. With Your Greatest Fears Realized, You Will Not Be Comforted
10. I Am a Snail, and You Are a Pace I Cannot Match
11. An Idea Is a Greater Monument Than a Cathedral

Year of the Rabbit (7" vinyl)- 2008
1. Year of the Rabbit
2. IDK, My Bff Jill

When the Sea Became a Giant (cdep)- 2007
1. Our Love Has Made Us Pariahs
2. You Have to Believe Life is More than the Sum of its Parts, Kiddo
3. Lilly, I Have Something Important to Tell You
4. They Will Throw Us to the Wolves
5. K.O. K.O. (the Most of My Worries Are the Least of Your Concerns)



Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) has finally unleashed their much anticipated full-length debut into eager hands. What It Takes To Move Forward, courtesy of the band’s own Count Your Lucky Stars record label, was meticulously recorded and painstakingly put together over the last two years. Through line-up changes, recording delays and all the usual indie band potholes, Empire Empire has emerged stronger and more assured than ever before. What It Takes To Move Forward is the sound of a band refusing to settle.

With two successful releases under their belts, Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) could have easily written an album that played it safe. Instead, the band indulges their ambitions and provides the soundtrack for What It Takes To Move Forward. Granted Empire Empire is still an indie/emo band at heart but something is noticeably different here; there is a sizable progression heard that simply can not be ignored. After all, when is the last time you heard a banjo on an emo record? Empire Empire’s songwriting has matured and their instrumentation has broadened yet this is still the same band that made you remember what real emotion sounded like. Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) is able to strike the perfect balance between progression and familiarity. With that, the band has naturally grown into something even more powerful…it is the sound of What It Takes To Move Forward.

Press Contact: Will Miller / Beartrap PR / will@beartrappr.com / 803-361-4662