The same could be said of each of the act's releases, particularly the first, self-titled EP, which documented an early stage of the band, when the musicians didn't necessarily know who they were or where they were going. As is often the case with a band that's just starting out, the recording was intended to help secure gigs more than anything else.

With the next EP, however — Heavy Hollow, issued last May — the band labored over the six-song disc and ended up having to re-record some parts at least three times due to hard-drive failure. Immediately following that release, the members of Instant Empire started writing songs that would end up on Keep Up! "Honestly, we really liked them," Saunders says, "and we just didn't want to keep them in our pocket. We wanted to get something new out in the world before we went and did a full-length."

Instant Empire hatching plans for world domination — at knifepoint.
Instant Empire hatching plans for world domination — at knifepoint.

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Hi-dive

7 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80209

Category: Music Venues

Region: South Denver

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Instant Empire, EP-release show, with Hindershot and Gun Street Ghost, 10 p.m. Friday, January 18, hi-dive, 7 South Broadway, $6, 303-733-0230.

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Once Keep Up! is on the streets, the goal is to start writing as many songs as possible for the band's inaugural long-player. "I don't think people know how long it takes to put together a song and make it sound like you want it to," Saunders muses. "And I think we're all sort of perfectionists."

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