On Saturday we had the absolute pleasure to be a part of something truly special as we spent the day with Empyre at not just one but two events that made this Saturday one to remember.
Heading up to Northampton, Empyre’s hometown, we met the band as they were getting the final touches ready for their first ever listening session at Northampton Filmhouse. It was here that the band gave fans a fantastic and entirely unique opportunity to not only hear ‘Relentless’ in stunning surround sound in its entirety with the band but also have a Q&A for each song.
Running through the album and discussing each tracks code name, some far more amusing than others, (washing machine’s anyone?!) each track had its own video often created by Henrik, a stand out of which had to be the emotional video for ‘Forget Me’ which saw more than a few phones out grabbing snaps! Making the most of the time fans were able to ask all sorts of burning questions and found a hell of a lot more about the new record (though you’ll have to pick up the album booklet to find out more on that!). After a brilliant reception, Empyre then took the time to chat a little more in depth as fans queued up to get merch signed.
After that it was a quick pit stop (and for some fans a gathering at the local pub to watch the rugby!) before we moved into the second part of the day for Empyre’s sold out, headline performance at The Black Prince. We were backstage for most of it catching up and filming with the incredibly talented Antoine for something special (eyes peeled) with the band until it was time for the band to warm up.
As much of a treat as it was to hear the album in surround sound, nothing compares to seeing the band in their element, live! Moving through a well thought out setlist that combined previous release ‘Self Aware’ and all of ‘Relentless’ fans’ jaws were on the floor the entire time.
Guitar solos in ‘Forget Me’, glistening cleans on ‘Hit and Run’ and huge singalongs to ‘Titanium’ (an exclusive track you can get if you preorder the record) were massive highlights but if there’s anything that we could take away from it though was just how much Empyre really love and appreciate their fans. Their self deprecating humour being launched right back at them, almost every time with a huge grin (and cheer or two)
Finishing on fan favourite ‘New Republic’ fans were once more sharing their stories at the merch table and taking selfies and it was clear to see that the band’s self imposed rules of ‘no looking like you’re having a good time’ were impossible to follow.
Having just announced that the band have signed to ITB, there’ll be plenty more shows on the way so make sure that you get to one near you but until then you’ll have to enjoy the fruits of ‘Relentless’.
Only 17 days to go!