Short Empire
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Short Empire

London, England, United Kingdom

London, England, United Kingdom
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"Funny Face live review"

The headline act tonight are Funny Face, with more of an indie sound than the other two bands, and with "we are f f f f f Funny Face" we are off to a light start, both in terms of atmosphere and sound, with Hedgemony fast paced to start before changing to a more stacatto beat, it's clever and challenging and contains false layers and then a more melodic, uptempo feel, and more changes creating a brilliant tension. Next up is Fine with its in your face intro, a straight forward attack, breaking into a softer part from Stuart Gray’s electric guitar, but still with a bite, the drums taking us off again into a blazing guitar solo which leaves us breathless into the end of the track. Time Will Waste You Away has an upbeat indie sound with definite throwbacks to the 60s, great drum and bass rhythm, forceful vocals from Lyndon Ives and a real edge to the guitar sound. Something's Died bounces along with some more melodic vocals, another rocking number in your face, great drumming from Tommy Stubbington and a fade into its close.

Choo Choo Train has a much harder intro, immediately rocking, great riffs, an even better solo, it's a catchy little number, with very 'metal' vocals at times and an explosive ending. Be Careful You Might Get What You Want does give us what we want - melodic vocal intro, showing real quality in the voice, backed only by some sublime electric guitar sounds, crafting an emotional atmosphere, substance from the arrival of Allan Thompson’s bass and the drums simply adding to a memorable ballad. Simple belies its name - it is a more upbeat track, light and breezy, but it has a real edge to it and is a very well constructed pop/rock song. Fools gives us a Franz Ferdinand feel, a funky beat to the intro, keeping you on your toes as the beat changes, the drumming so well controlled, still that edge from the guitar sound, it's sharp as it leads us into a softer ending and the track fades out. "This is our last song and we've been Funny Face and we love you, obviously, and thank you for having us", and we are into You've Wasted Your Life On Gadgets (yet another remarkable song title from them), another vocal dominated intro, it's restrained, building a tension that they work off, guitar breaks threatening to get beyond the hold of the drums, pushing, building, before finally the drums can hold it in no longer and the track races away and soars. It's an excellent ending to a very promising set.


Still working on that hot first release.



Short Empire sound like an October day out on a beach in Northern England. Warm and sunny to begin with, turning chilly quickly, before getting dark early. Short Empire is three part English, one Welsh, one American.