The Empires

The Empires



The Empires: cinematic science-fiction pop rock

The Empires were formed in Toronto in 2002 by Terrence Kramer and James Strachan who grew up together listening to 70s prog-rock and early jazz-fusion.

Several years and various music projects later, John Hall (formerly of By Divine Right) and Graham Walsh (also of Holy Fuck) joined Kramer and Strachan in 2003 to make up the The Empires.

Though the band has often been compared to late 80s/early 90s brit/shoegaze bands such as Catherine Wheel and Swervedriver, The Empires themselves don't see the connection, having been influenced more by the sounds of Pink Floyd, The Flaming Lips, Magma, Miles Davis, Bruce Hack, SFA, Ennio Morricone, Bartok, & AM radio.

The Empires desire is to explore the musical spectrum; from strange, melodic pop/rock songs to more unconventional experiments in sound and music. The songs conjure themes of obsession, nostalgia, futurism, and horror, based on ideas from science fiction novels and films.

In 2004 the band focused on playing live shows in Toronto and other Canadian cities, and made their US debut during a 4-show ‘mini-tour’ in NYC in November. During this time they also released a self-produced EP called “Lesbian Games”.

After spending much of the last year working on new songs for their first full-length album (but having written and recorded enough for two full albums), The Empires are anticipating the release of “Nostaglia for the Future” independently produced in mid-July 2005. Also in the works is an experimental DVD intended as a follow-up to the record, based on the visual projections used in their live shows, and featuring songs from the album (as well as other unreleased goodies).


"Lesbian Games" EP - released February 2004
"Nostalgic for the Future" LP - yet to be released (July 2005)

Set List

Typical Set List:

Lesbian Games
Matou (who's to say?)
Kingdom Hall
Goodbye Lazarus
Identical Girl
Born Suprises
Lazer Prison

approx. set length: 35-40 minutes
typical # of songs: 8