Empire! Empire! “Title” Contest

Ok, time for the contest we were talking about! I am a huge fan of referencing works that I love in our song titles. So much so, that a large body of our discography pays homage to other things that have inspired me or things I love, like quotes from RPGs, books, TV shows/movies, etc. So here is the contest. Below is a list of every song we have ever written/officially recorded. Prizes will be awarded to those who can correctly identify the most references as possible.

RULES: Most correct answers win. No points deducted for a wrong guess, but one guess per song. In the case of a tie, the first person who submitted the most correct answers wins. ONE SUBMISSION PER PERSON, so make sure you aren’t rushing too fast. We will have prizes for runner-ups too. I don’t expect anybody to get every song right, but I can’t wait to see all the answers you can dig up. If anybody correctly answers EVERY song right, we will do something very cool for everybody. There are a bunch of original titles too, so put “Original” to the right of the title if you think it is NOT a reference.


1. Our Love Has Made Us Pariahs “ORIGINAL”



Hint: read the liner notes for help.

Prizes are as follows. First place can choose their package, then second, then third.

Package #1: Test pressing of “You Will Eventually Be Forgotten”
Package #2: Test pressing of “What It Takes to Move Forward”
Package #3: Signed copies of “On Time Spent Waiting”, and the Rika, Arrows, and CYLS #1 and #2 split.

Just copy the list and put your answers to the right in and email it to empireempireband@gmail.com with the subject “EE Title Contest”. GOOD LUCK! ♥♥♥♥

Also, listen to almost all of these songs here:https://empireempire.bandcamp.com/


When the Sea Became a Giant (1/16/2007)

1. Our Love Has Made Us Pariahs

2. You Have to Believe That Life is More Than the Sum of its Parts, Kiddo

3. Lilly, I Have Something Important to Tell You

4. They Will Throw Us to the Wolves

5. K.O. K.O. (The Most of My Worries Are the Least of Your Concerns)

Bonus track of vinyl reissue (6/18/2013)

6. Make Me Young, Make Me Young, Make Me Young, Make Me Young


Year of the Rabbit (2/19/2008)

1. Year of the Rabbit

2. Idk, My Bff Jill


Summer Tour EP 2009 (8/11/2009)

1. How to Stay Afloat In A Sea of Change


Title It Yourself Compilation (9/15/2009)

1. Jacob’s Song


What It Takes to Move Forward (9/29/2009)

1. How to Make Love Stay

2. Keep What You Have Built Up Here

3. What Safe Means

4.It Happened Because You Left

5. Rally the Troops! Poke Holes In Their Defenses! Line Our Coffers With Their Coffins!

6. It’s a Plague, and You’re Invited 04:11

7. Everything Is Connected and Everything Matters (A Temporary Solution to a Permanent Problem)

8. The Next Step to Regaining Control

9. With Your Greatest Fears Realized, You Will Not Be Comforted

10. I Am a Snail, and You Are a Pace I Cannot Match

11. An Idea Is a Greater Monument Than a Cathedral

Bonus Tracks [Vinyl/Cassette/Stiff Slack Japanese Import]:

12. It Was Your Heart That Saved You

13. Actually, I’m Just Wearing Your Glasses

14. So How Many Points Do You Have ‘Till You Gain, You Know, the Ultimate Power? 04:08

15. Archival Footage


Early Discography (8/24/2010)

1. I knew this because as I drove, the hole that was me and my life was getting smaller and smaller and was being filled with New Hampshire, or maybe it was the idea of New Hampshire, but who cares, as long as it was filling up the hole


Football, etc. split  (12/15/2009)

1. Documenting Thirty Days


Into It. Over It. split (10/12/2010)

1. If We Had Found You Any Later, You Would Have Drowned


The Clippers/Grown-Ups split [2011 CYLS/Topshelf SXSW Promo] (3/8/2011)

1. What Had Taken Years to Put Together Was Destroyed in One Moment


Middle Discography (7/12/2011)

1. Girls Will Not Frighten the Frost from the Grave


Home After Three Months Away (7/12/2011)

1.The Loneliness Inside Me Is a Place

2. Water

3. Everything Rests on Your Small Shoulders

4. I Swim like a Minnow


On Time Spent Waiting, or Placing the Weight of the World on the Shoulders of Those You Love the Most (10/11/2011)

1. The Only One Who Could Ever Reach You

2. Everything Familiar Has Disappeared! The World Looks Brand-New!

3. When You Are Done Living on Borrowed Time

4. I Would Have Stolen You a Whole Orchestra


Annabel​/​ Joie De Vivre​/​The Reptilian split [CYLS Split #1] (11/15/2011)

1. The Horror of Riovanes


Pachangacha/I Kill Giants/White Savages!/The Greek Favourites split [Bramble Jam II Promo] (7/21/2012)

1. The Wholesome Sea is at Her Gates… Her Gates Both East and West


Mountains for Clouds​/​Two Knights​/​Driving on City Sidewalks split [CYLS Split #2] (7/31/2012)

1. Everything Small is Just a Small Version of Something Big


Rika split (9/4/2012)

1. We Were Not Small or Great but Grown

2. It’s a Fate We Can’t Escape. Someday We Will All Pass Away


Arrows split (9/4/2012)

1. Turbo Stasis

2. We Did Not Need to Open It to Know It Was There


Malegoat split (10/15/2013)

1. When We Did Not Move or Speak, There Was No Proof That We Were There at All

2. You Promised You’d Stay Here With Me


Your Neighbour the Liar/The Smithsonian split [Leave Nothing but Footprints, Take Nothing But Photographs- Chapter III] (10/28/2013)

1. You Weren’t Ready Yet. Your Ears Could Hear, But Not Your Heart


Dikembe/The Hotel Year/Modern Baseball/Old Gray/Pentimento [Fest 12 Split 10″] (11/12/2013)

1. The Hour of Pearl


In Which the Choices We Didn’t Make Were Better Than the Ones That We Did (12/17/2013)

1. I Would Have Stolen You a Whole Orchestra (Stability Version)

2. Rally the Troops! Poke Holes in Their Defenses! Line Our Coffers With Their Coffins! (Original Version)


You Will Eventually Be Forgotten (8/19/2014)

1. Ribbon

2. I Was Somewhere Cold, Dark… and Lonely

3. We Are People Here. We Are Not Numbers

4. A Keepsake

5. You Have to Be So Much Better than You Ever Thought

6. Stay Divided

7. Foxfire

8. Things Not Worth Fixing

9. If It’s Bad News, It Can Wait

10. It’s So Much Darker When a Light Goes Out than It Would Have Been If It Had Never Shone

11. The Promise That Life Can Go on No Matter How Bad Our Losses


Bonus Tracks (Stiff Slack Japanese Import) (TBA)

12. When You Saw I Was in Danger, You Broke Out of the Stone and Saved Me

13. A Crown and a Cane is Needed at the 4th Floor


Joie De Vivre split [Run For Cover 2013 Vinyl Subscription] (TBA)

1. Since You Left Home on Your Journey, Things Have Changed Around Here

2. Some Doors Aren’t Locked.  They Open Without a Key