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Instant Empire hails from Denver, CO
Major: indie rock
Minor: well whiskey

Instant Empire has been creating lush, lyrical and emotionally resonant indie rock for the past 8+ years. 2018 finds the band writing, recording and releasing a new single each month - a project the band calls their 12x12 series.

Recent releases, including 2017's Last of the Lovers, have included the warmest and most personal songs they've ever written. 2018 will be a year of constant creation for a band that's found its sound and is riding a wave of creativity. 

Previous releases from the band garnered comparisons to a number of indie heavyweights, including: The National, Bright Eyes, The Hold Steady, Death Cab and Manchester Orchestra.

The band's discography to-date includes:

  • 12x12 Series (new single every month, 2018)
  • 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)
Quite wisely, Instant Empire avoids the navel-gazing lo-fi stylistics that are still en vogue in the indie world, and instead does well in emphasizing the *rock* in ‘indie rock’.
— Pop Matters
Sonically, [“Keep Up!”] is the band’s most aggressive to date and finds the band in league with contemporaries like The Hold Steady, The National, The Mountain Goats, Death Cab For Cutie and Desaparecidos.
— Ghetto Blaster Magazine
The song (Mind the Gap) is melancholic and touching without being melodramatic. It is quite the triumph in songwriting.
— Surviving the Golden Age
From a great deal of musicianship, energy and some catchy songs Instant Empire have the whole package. We’re looking forward to listening to their latest album and watching as their success and fanbase grows.
— Song Revelation
Instant Empire sets the modern American struggle to sound.
— Denver Westword
Keep Up! is the head on collision between Manchester Orchestra and the jagged guitar work of Desaparecidos. It’s as much of a rock record as can possibly be crammed into ten minutes. Raw enough to come from a garage, but with enough foresight to set itself apart from the standard EP.
On the new EP, the band went for a huge, wide-open sound - and succeeded. The new release is filled with big, arena-ready tracks, so it makes sense that the group has drawn favorable comparisons to Death Cab For Cutie.
— Jonah Ollman, CMJ
Dripping with ambition and driven by personal history, the five local storytellers craft big ideas into big arrangements while never taking the focus off the stories themselves. Dotted by nuanced rhythm and expertly paced melody, the six songs on this sophomore release narrate brief moments of punch-drunk love, summer ennui, habitual betrayal and the search for personal identity.
— Denver Westword