Young Empires Release New Interactive Video, Announce North American Tour

January 14, 2013

American audiences will get another chance to check out the energetic and always entertaining Young Empires when they embark on a string of U.S. dates next month.

The band released the hugely successful Wake All My Youth EP in 2012 in Canada, performing on late night television and winning fans and praise from around the world, with NME hailing the band: “Young Empires have consummately summated this generation’s achievements in rock.” NYLON compared them to “The Rapture’s dance-ready grooves…they’re too good,” while RCRD LBL saw them as “mapping some new sonic territory somewhere between Vampire Weekend and The Killers, they combine syncopation and melodrama to excellent effect.”

The band’s catchy and powerful “White Doves” was used in honor of the London Olympics, with the song providing a fittingly uplifting soundtrack to all the athletic drama, and they later performed the hit song on CTV’s Strombo Live. Not stopping there, the official video comes to life via an amazing Facebook app, tailoring it to one’s own photos and friendships at random, creating an altogether immersive and beautifully shot cinematic experience.

Young Empires are currently working on their highly anticipated debut album with a re-crafted EP to be released in the U.S. in 2013, which includes remastered tracks, two additional remixes and new material.

North American 2013 Tour Dates:

02.01.13 – Shelter – Detroit, MI *
02.02.13 – Mac’s Bar – Lansing, MI *
02.04.13 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN *
02.05.13 – Schubas Tavern – Chicago, IL *
02.06.13 – The Frequency – Madison, WI *
02.08.13 – The Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY *
02.09.13 – Niagara Center For The Arts – Niagara Falls, ON

* with Royal Teeth

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The tale of self-proclaimed Haute rockers Young Empires is quite unconventional. The band formed in Toronto in 2009 with a little help from Craigslist, originally as a trio of Matthew Vlahovich (lead vocals/synth,) Jake Palahnuk on bass and Aaron Ellingson on guitar & synth – a trio who just wanted to play music. As Ellingson explains, “Everything with this band is about synchronicity. We didn’t have any preconceptions. We just wanted to get in a room and make noise.”

Booking their first show within two weeks of forming, the band isolated themselves in a motel room in early 2010 to self-produce and record four demos that hit the charts on Hype Machine and led to two years of international touring. The band hit Bogota, London, Los Angeles, Paris, Stockholm, New York, Miami, SXSW, CMJ and Brighton’s Great Escape, performing alongside Jamiroquai, Foster The People, Chromeo, Tanlines, Japandroids, Vampire Weekend, Bag Raiders, Dragonette and Sleigh Bells.

Between tours, Young Empires gained Taylor Hill on drums and they wrote, recorded and mixed their debut EP, Wake All My Youth. Having no engineering or production background didn’t stop them, as the group did everything but the final mastering, leading to its distinctive, glittering, electro-tinged indie rock sound. Released via Pirates Blend/Sony Canada in February 2012 with two singles from the EP, “White Doves”, and “We Don’t Sleep Tonight,” the band gained international recognition from NYLON, NME, Interview Magazine and more, with multiple syncs on MTV, CTV, ABC and USA networks.

With significant success in Canada, the band is set to re-release a new version of Wake All My Youth this spring on Votiv/Atlantic Records, while currently writing an anticipated full-length debut album.

As bassist Palahnuk says, “At the end of the day we just want to have a positive impact on as many people as we can. We want our music to be the thing that people connect to and feel good about.” It’s clear from this band’s early rising success that they have done just that, connecting more and more people as they go along

WHITE DOVES – YOUNG EMPIRES from Miles Jay on Vimeo.

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