NPR Streams New Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) Track Off Upcoming LP “You Will Eventually Be Forgotten”, Out 8/19, Pre-Order Up Today‏

July 22, 2014
Derek McNelly

Derek McNelly

Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) Share New Track “A Keepsake”
From Upcoming LP You Will Eventually Be Forgotten
via NPR

Companion Ben Sears Illustrated Graphic Novel Ribbon

LP & Graphic Novel Out 8/19/14
via Topshelf & Count Your Lucky Stars Records
Pre-Order Now Available

oday NPR premiered the track “A Keepsake” off the upcoming Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) sophomore full-length You Will Eventually Be Forgotten.  NPR called the track, which features guest vocals from Braid’s Bob Nanna,”lilting…A straightforward storyteller, Keith Latinen works in details and similes, not abstraction and metaphor. It’s part of what makes Nanna’s verse so charming, as he smiles at a canoe trip’s memory without being smothered by it”.  Pre-order for You Will Eventually Be Forgotten starts today, and the record comes out August 19, 2014 via Topshelf Records and Count Your Lucky Stars Records.

Listen to “A Keepsake”

A companion graphic novel to the new full-length, titled Ribbon, will also be released on August 19th.  Illustrated by artist Ben Sears, known for his work with bands such as La Dispute, Andrew Jackson Jihad, The Wonder Years and countless others, Ribbon tells the stories behind the songs in eleven chapters of gorgeous imagery.  You Will Eventually Be Forgotten may have taken half a decade to complete, but it was absolutely worth the wait.  Every track on You Will Eventually Be Forgotten is a hallmark of the vivid storytelling that makes each Empire! Empire! song feel like a carefully handcrafted gift unique to the listener.

If the “emo revival” had royalty, Keith and Cathy Latinen of Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) might well be the genre’s king and queen.  Hailing from the tiny town of Fenton, Michigan, what began as a solo project in 2006 for Keith has since grown to include Cathy and into a full-time gig. Between Empire! Empire! and their label, Count Your Lucky Stars, which was early to champion bands such as Into It. Over It. and Foxing, the husband/wife duo have been instrumental in bringing the sound back.  Now the duo is poised to take an even bigger role in things with their second full-length and current acoustic summer tour with The Early November (all tour dates below).

Empire! Empire! has crossed the US countless times and spanned the globe with four international tours, playing shows along the way with the likes of Mineral, The Early November, The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, Into It. Over It. and more.  Impressively, they have perhaps one of the most storied discographies in their scene, including 4 EPS, 12 splits, their first full-length What It Takes to Move Forward and the soon to be released full length You Will Eventually Be Forgotten.

01) Ribbon
02) I Was Somewhere Cold, Dark… and Lonely
03) We Are People Here. We Are Not Numbers
04) A Keepsake
05) You Have to Be So Much Better than You Ever Thought
06) Stay Divided
07) Foxfire
08) Things Not Worth Fixing
09) If It’s Bad News, It Can Wait
10) It’s So Much Darker When a LIght Goes Out than When It Would Have Been If it Had Never Shone
11) The Promise That Life Can Go On No Matter How Bad Our Losses

Tour Dates:
7/22 Toronto, ON(Canada) @ Hard Luck Bar
7/23 Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s
7/25 Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar
7/26 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
7/27 St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
7/29 Nashville, TN @ Van’s Warped Tour (Acoustic)
7/30 Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl at Center Stage
7/31 Gainsville, FL @ Loosey’s*
8/1 Orlando, FL @ The Social
8/2 Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
8/3 Charlotte, NC @ Area 15*
8/4 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
8/5 Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live Philadelphia
8/6 Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live Philadelphia
8/7 Amityville, NY @ Revolution Bar and Music Hall

* = Solo shows, no The Early November

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