EMPRESS AD RELEASE NEW VIDEO
DEBUT ALBUM ‘STILL LIFE MOVING FAST’ OUT SEPTEMBER 2ND VIA ROADRUNNER / THE END RECORDS
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY (July 22, 2014) – British prog-metal act Empress AD are proud to release their official video for new single “Invisible Conductor” today on Loudwire. The single stems from their upcoming debut album ‘Still Life Moving Fast’, available on September 2nd via a unique partnership between Roadrunner Records and The End Records.
‘Invisible Conductor is a song about external control on our lives and what happens when control gets out of control. We searched for ages for an idea for a video that encapsulated everything and this works perfectly. We couldn’t be more happy with the video’. – Ollie Loring (vocals/guitar)
Empress AD is a new, British progressive rock quartet newly signed to a unique partnership between The End Records and Roadrunner Records. The band has cited influences like Pink Floyd and King Crimson, as well as label mates such as Opeth and Mastodon.
Formed by brothers Oliver (guitars and vocals) and Alex Loring (bass) and Edd Unwin (drums), the telepathic nature of EMPRESS AD’s songwriting emerged after they decided that instead of pandering to trends, they would write music that they truly loved. They decided to follow their instincts. When the band grew to include Tom Meadon (guitars) the puzzle was complete. Their music was ready to grow.
Having taken time to quietly and carefully hone their style, EMPRESS AD wrote an arsenal of songs that veer from an expansive, progressive sound to an aggressive, controlled roar. Next, they spent two years touring extensively with the likes of Baroness, Kvelertak, Bring Me The Horizon, Arcane Roots and Cancer Bats. Now, however, the Berkshire natives are ready to take on more. Much more.
With a history of studio experience, Alex Loring in particular was determined to create the best album he possibly could. The whole band agreed that if they were to fight the good fight for proper musicianship then there could be no compromise. Their decision to pool their money and spend their life savings on the recording of their debut album resulted in much interest but they decided to sign with the label that is home to many of their heroes.
Recorded in the UK with experienced New York-based producer, Andrew Schneider (Cave In, Pelican, Old Man Gloom), the words that keep cropping up are “atmosphere” and “feeling.” Their method of recording the music live, quickly, and as organically as possible has led to noticeable nuances within the record – details for the listener to pick up on after repeated plays – but, more importantly, it has led to the kind of natural feel to the music that cannot be replicated with a couple of extra weeks tweaking behind the scenes.
After the looping intro piece, ‘Still Life Moving Fast’, comes first single ‘Invisible Conductor’ and it’s as heavy as hell itself. One of the first songs written for the album, it’s one of the more straightforward songs on EMPRESS AD, but they promise “there is much proggier stuff to come.” There’s nothing straightforward about that song. Getting even weirder, however, is ‘On My Return’, which sees those previously-mentioned little nuances in abundance. Littered amongst menacing drums that give way to soaring, soothing vocals and the kind of timeless melodies, you’ll have to take time to find them, but when you do, you’ll have full faith in the future of British rock music.
The result is a debut album for the ages. With lyrics that focus upon suggestive metaphors for the intangible minutiae of everyday life rather than relationships and lost love, this is a band of musicians as focused upon grooving together as one as they are on their songwriting and being able to relate to fans on an emotional level. Soothing and utterly crushing in turn, EMPRESS AD’s music juxtaposes gentle harmonies with frantic ferocity; relaxed strumming followed by thrashy beats, time signature changes and other meanderings that you’ll just have to find out about for yourself.
Alex Loring – bass
Oliver Loring – vocals, guitars
Tom Meadon – guitars
Edd Unwin – drums
The album’s artwork (below) was created by San Francisco artist Seth Curcio.
‘Still Life Moving Fast’ Tracklist
01 Still Life Moving Fast
02 Invisible Conductor
03 Delve Into The Retrospect
04 Deeper In Disguise
05 From Where I Cannot Reach
06 On My Return
07 Blurred Perception
08 Haunted By Time
09 Did We See
You might already be familiar with EMPRESS AD from their unswerving stints on the road over the last couple of years with Baroness, Cancer Bats, and Bring Me The Horizon, as well as Arcane Roots and Kvelertak, most recently. Catch the band next at this summer’s Hevy Fest at Port Lympne mid-August.
“Few bands can match Empress AD’s seamless balance of hooks and heaviness, atmosphere and aggression. Definitely a Band to Watch.” – REVOLVER
“A sonically perfect mixture of titanic riffs and lush, gorgeous atmosphere.” – New Noise Magazine
“Likely to headline Download” – Guardian
“Simply stunning” – Kerrang!
“Like the four guys from Mastodon riding a whale, wearing an Elbow t-shirt. You’ll be amazed” – Music Week
“Impressively ambitious.” – Metal Hammer
“They’ve hit upon one hell of a winning formula” – Rock Sound
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