The Empire Lights

The Empire Lights

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"There's nothing wrong with what's underrated"

Biography

Though long-time students of rock, The Empire Lights are just getting started. Now armed with an arsenal of material from their debut album, Disgraceland, they are showing no signs of stopping.

The Empire Lights started life as two friends making noise with sketches of songs in basements of Stratford, Ontario. With no preconceived ideas of what kind of band they were forming, songwriter Tavo Diez de Bonilla and drummer Matt Hartney just started to play and let the songs form the band. Surfacing periodically to play shows, the band also started making sporadic trips to London, Ontario to record at The House of Miracles with Andy Magoffin. The end result was Disgraceland, an 11-song collection of unassuming ditties, melodious pop and straight-up rockers that almost plays like a mix tape but still retains the balance of a coherent album.

Upon the album’s completion, the band solidified it’s line-up with the addition of guitarists Francois Turenne and Andew Johnston and is now gelling into a tight live unit.

The band is currently working on new material for their next album which they plan to start recording in the spring.

Lyrics

Yer Song

Written By: Tavo Diez de Bonilla

Go back to sleep
I won't turn on the light
It's practically morning
but feels more like night
I'll get dressed in the dark
and sneak out the door
but when I come home
I'm nothing but yours

21 years
and I still don't know why
a woman can make
a grown man cry
I don't know what's coming
when I'm 42
I know I'll still be
the man who loves you

What else can I do
to prove my love to you?
I ain't got no money
but neither do you
I don't mind starving
if you love me too

All I want is you
there's nothing I can tell but the truth
I can't count the ways
that I've done you wrong
it's been a long time coming
but this is your song

Deceiver

Written By: Tavo Diez de Bonilla

You can see I want you
Now Baby tell me I gotta do
to make sure that you're only mine
What you got is what I need
now baby don't you make me have to plead
to stop you before you cross the line

Well so much for maintaining control
I'd say this time it's like you're selling your soul
I can see that all your troubles are real
can you turn back now or are you stuck in the deal?

What are you trying to gain
what makes you wanna play the game
that you don't seem to be winning this time
Best of plans that you've laid
can't help you now cos all you're getting is played
it's what you get for trying to cross the line

Well so much for regaining control
I'd say this time it's like you're selling your soul
I can see that all your troubles are real
can you turn back now or are you stuck in the deal?

So you say you want out
well if I knew what you were on about
I'd have this figured out in no time
You need me, I want you
I'd like to tell you what I want to do
but I don't think that I'll be crossing that line.

Well so much for maintaining control
I'd say this time it's like you're selling your soul
I can see that all your troubles are real
can you turn back now or are you stuck in the deal?

Discography

-Park Towers Magazine Compilation (2004)

- Disgraceland (2006 Independent)

Set List

A typical set for The Empire Lights is 45 min in length but may vary depending on what the situation dictates.

Originals

Weapon of Mass Affection
Deceiver
Hey, C'mon
Yer Song
Share The Blame
Wishin'
Uninspired & Lame
Azimuth
Hold The Phone
The Old College Try
If I Knew
My Favourite Bands
Left Too Soon
When You're Asleep
Understudies
More Than I Can Give
Credebility
While We Can
Switch Blade

Some covers we've pulled out include:

Kamera by Wilco
Helter Skelter by The Beatles
Bicycle Race by Queen
Never Had To Fight by Local Rabbits
Powerful Lights by Joel Plaskett