Instant Empire hails from Denver, CO
Major: indie rock
Minor: well whiskey
Instant Empire writes music that explores what it means to be human in the modern world. Many of the songs IE writes paint pictures and tell stories, while others scan more like fractured, impressionistic poetry. In June 2019, the band is releasing Cathedrals, their third LP that expands upon the sound and tone the band has meticulously refined over the last decade.
The majority of the LP was written in 2018 as part of IE’s 12x12 project where the band wrote, recorded and released a new song every month for the entire year. Some very common themes emerged through that writing process, and the songs on this record are rich with characters facing various levels of personal crisis and existential dread. Cathedrals defies easy categorization, sometimes oscillating dramatically from melodic indie pop to aggressive indie punk (often within the same song).
So, why is this new album named Cathedrals? Great question!
Cathedrals are places we go in search of something, often as a last resort. Sometimes we search for sanctuary. Sometimes we search for hope. This album feels like that. These songs are a refuge of solace for the lost and lonely. A place where listeners can go to connect to something – anything – that is bigger than the world they’ve created.
Previous releases from the band garnered comparisons to a number of indie favorites, including: The National, Bright Eyes, The Hold Steady, Car Seat Headrest and Manchester Orchestra.
The band's discography to-date includes:
Cathedrals (LP, 2019)
Last of the Lovers (LP, 2017)
Lamplight Lost (LP; 2015)
Keep Up! (EP; 2013)
Heavy Hollow (EP; 2012)
Instant Empire (EP; 2011)
Members of the band:
Scotty Saunders (vocals, lyrics)
Sean Connaughty (guitar, keys)
Lou Kucera (guitar, keys)
Jacob Porter (bass)
Matt Grizzell (drums)