FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2015|
Posted by: Aviva Bogart
Within two years Canadian pop/indie/electro rock band Young Empire managed to create an international fan base. The sand hasnt settled ever since. They're doing something right. Actually, they're doing quite a few things right.
As a musical entity, there is always the question of how your sound will be received. Then on top of that, the question of should you even care. Young Empire has asked themselves that question and came up with an answer that falls right in line with the spirit of rock (though their love of synths and pop hooks center their sound). Do you play for the audience or for yourself? Well, Young Empire leaves things open for interpretation. Their sound is more like a collage of sound than anything else, and in that way, unlimited. Its almost like they are giving their audience a puzzle, and saying there is no one way to solve it.
Read our chat with Young Empires about their new track "Sunshine," and be sure to check out the new single as well.
A lot of bands that are making electronic-pop these days are heavily influenced by the 80s. But "Sunshine" seems to avoid most of those 1980s trappings. Were there specific electronic acts/pop acts that influenced you?
There's no doubt that we're all inspired from the synth-wave movement of the 80s. For this record however, we tried to think about our music from a multi-generational approach. We didn't want to lock ourselves into one particular sound or genre, but rather push the boundaries of our own creation. We started writing a lot of the songs on my Wurlitzer 200A electric piano. The tone of this particular instrument, which was really popular in the 60s and 70s, really informed the direction of "Sunshine." In some ways, it's kind of our take on Motown, while being nothing like it whatsoever.
"Sunshine" has the refrain of "can't get you out of my mind." Were you drawing from person stories for the track?
"Sunshine" definitely comes across as more of a personal song, but the object of affection isn't a person, rather, it's about the relationship that we have with our own fixations and addictions. This song simply personifies that obsession we have.
You guys have been making big splashes on Canadian radio but aren't quite as well known here in the States yet. Do you have any message to American listeners who are being introduced to your sound for the first time on "Sunshine?"
We Canucks love BBQ and football too.