One last rodeo!

Empire! Empire! Farwell Tour 2k16

Today we announce our intentions to formally lay Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) to rest. We count ourselves lucky and privileged to have been able to do this for an entire decade.

We want to thank every band that toured with/ filled in for us, our friends, family, and puppy for support. Thanks to all the labels we conned into releasing our material, Mat Halliday of Minx Recording Studio for recording like 80% of our catalog, and anyone else that helped along the way. Thanks to all the people who let us play at their house, school/venue/ art space and let us sleep on their floor. Thanks for writing to American Airlines on our behalf when they destroyed Keith’s guitar or for donating to us to help get another van when a drunk driver plowed into it and our house. But most of all, thank you for listening, coming to shows, and being a part of our lives.

We weren’t the best record keepers, so we’re unsure of how many shows we played, but it was a pretty high number (easily over 500) including 30 tours, and playing in 18 countries, as well as the contiguous US (sorry Alaska/Hawaii). We released 66 songs, spanning 23 releases (2 LPs, 6 EPs, 12 splits, 2 discographies, a compilation, as well as a graphic novel).

In total, we had 6 bassists, 4 drummers, and even a third guitarist for a minute. In 2011, we (mostly) stopped looking for members, and just borrowed our friends to fill in the missing parts- usually the band we were on tour with. We borrowed members from at least 15 different bands. Every time you saw us, you got to guess who was going to be on stage!

We’re going on one last tour in April with some of our BFFs Warren Franklin & the Founding Fathers, and we’d love for you to come out and see us off. These are it, there will not be anymore. If you miss these, forever hold your peace. We’re sorry we can’t play everywhere.

4/15 Cleveland, OH@ Mahalls: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1094961
4/16 Pittsburgh, PA- Broken World Fest: https://www.facebook.com/events/203916639957336/
4/17 Philadelphia, PA @ the Fire: http://tktwb.tw/1Wov9IJ
4/18 Boston, MA @ Great Scott: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0100504CD2068A49…
4/19 New Haven, CT @ Lyric Hall: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1093207
4/20 New York, NY @ Shea Stadium: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1088777…
4/21 Montclair, NJ @ Old Mogule Theater: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/empire-empire-i-was-a-lonely-e…
4/22 Washington, D.C. @ Song Bryd: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1094965…
4/23 Athens, OH- Lobster Fest: https://www.facebook.com/events/210759249275229/
4/24 Chicago, IL @ the Beat Kitchen: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1096711

Our last show will be at our favorite venue ever, in Flint, Michigan at the Flint Local 432 on May 7th with a bunch of friends.

5/7 Flint, MI @ Flint Local 432: https://squareup.com/store/flint-local-432-store

Thanks again for everything. Really hope to see you one last time at one of these shows!

xoxo

Keith, Cathy, Gooey
2006-2016

P.S. All of stuff will be free/pay-what-you-want at our Bandcamp for probably forever:
https://empireempire.bandcamp.com

Weekender with The Saddest Landscape

TSL

It’s been a while since we have played a show or been on tour. So we are excited to announce we are doing a weekender with our friends in The Saddest Landscape November 6th-8th.

Here are the dates:

11/6 Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar
11/7 Chicago, IL @ The Beat Kitchen
11/8 Lakewood, OH @ Mahalls

See you soon!

Pre-Order “What It Takes to Move Forward” at Count Your Lucky Stars

Pre-Orders for “What It Takes to Move Forward” are now up at Count Your Lucky Stars Records! Get the record in three different color combinations: Gold, Half in half: Easter yellow/electric blue with double mint splatter, a/b: Sea blue/bone A side B side c/d: Blood red/bone A side B side. Gold is the rare one, if you are wondering.

You can also pick up the CD version, which is only $3 because there was a printing error and one of the bonus tracks got left off.

The split with Joie De Vivre just got added too!

http://countyourluckystars.bigcartel.com/artist/empire-empire-i-was-a-lonely-estate

Tour with Dikembe

We are hitting the road next month with Dikembe! If you have seen their poster, it looks like we are playing more dates than we actually are. We are playing a few dates without Dikembe and they are a playing a bunch without us.

Here are the dates we are playing:

June 25 TBA*
June 26 Nashville, TN @ Exponent Manor*
June 27 Atlanta, GA @ Purgatory
June 28 Charlotte NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
June 30 Richmond VA @ Strange Matter
July 1 Washington, DC @ Commet Ping Pong
July 2 Philadelphia, PA @ Philamoca
July 3 Howel, NJ @ GameChanger World
July 5 Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium
July 6 Oakville, CT @ Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes
July 7 Providence, RI @ Black Box
July 8 Allston, MA @ Cophouse
July 9 Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB
July 10 Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dees
July 11 St. Catharines, ON @ Detour Music Hall
July 12 Rochester, NY @ The Bugjar
July 14 Detroit, MI @ TBA
July 15 Chicago, IL @ The Beat Kitchen

* Without Dikembe

Help us get a new van, please!

Our van got totaled by a drunk driver and we  need your help getting back on the road.  So we are trying to raise some monies with your help!  Here are the ways you can help us get back on the road:

Directly via Paypal (best way)

http://www.empireempireband.com/donate-here-to-help-us-get-a-new-van/

GoFundMe :

http://www.gofundme.com/nagoeg

We have made our entire discography pay-what-you-want, and you can enter in any amount you wish when you download something:

https://empireempire.bandcamp.com/

You can also buy things from our store online:

http://empireempire.bigcartel.com

The top 5 donations will net you a test press of “What It Takes to Move Forward” or “You Will Eventually Be Forgotten”. This is for any medium, not just the Go Fund Me one.

Thank you so much for your help, we really appreciate it. We can’t wait to get a new van so we can get back on the road and see you all again heart emoticon