On Saturday, January 17 at Larimer Lounge, Instant Empire will be performing some of the unreleased material from its forthcoming debut full-length, Lamplight Lost, due for release this Spring. Sharing the stage with the Royal and Montoneros, the "aggressive indie rock" outfit will end the night on unique interpretation of a song. "There might be some David Byrne involved," says bassist Aaron Stone. Is it some Talking Heads, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, Byrne solo or St. Vincent or something even more obscure? You'll have to go and find out, but in Instant Empire's able hands it'll certainly be worth checking out.
This past year the group has been recording most of the new album with Jon Low and John Vanderslice. Low the Empire chose because of his impressive body of work especially his work with The National. Vanderslice recorded Spoon, a band that is an influence the members of the band share. Instant Empire didn't expect a response from either producer but ended up working with both.
"With John Low it was through two inch tapes into ProTools," reveals Stone. "It was more the modern experience where we would listen to everything and give it a go and we knew what we had when we left."
"When we were out in San Francisco it was completely analog," adds Stone. "There wasn't even a computer in the studio. We'd play our parts and John would say, 'Do it again' until he heard something that he really liked. By the time we came back into the control room he already had something cued up so you didn't actually get to hear what you played so it was kind of a terrifying but exciting experience. A lot of this record was humbling. Working with people you never thought you'd meet much less collaborating with on your craft."
Just now getting the masters back, the band is evidently pleased with the initial results. And you can catch these new songs live because you're in Denver before the record is released and hits radio.
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