Indie rock from Denver, CO.

Instant Empire's sophomore LP, Last of the Lovers, arrives August, 2017.  

Last of the Lovers feels like a natural progression for the band. Sonically, it's the warmest, most intimate set of songs the band has recorded to date. Thematically, the album is a relatively dark affair. But it's punctuated, briefly, by moments of light and clarity.

Last of the Lovers is an album which deals with the relentless march of time, but is consumed with finding grace and beauty in life's tiny moments. It's at once desolate and dense. It's an album about friends and lovers drifting away; the distance that grows every day between you and your sun-bleached childhood memories; the emptiness and aftermath of our addictions; the sadness of watching the ones you love die; and the constant struggle against apathy. 

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

The band's discography to-date includes:

  • Last of the Lovers (LP; August, 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)
  • Tristan Kelley (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