Where have Million Empire been since their highly regarded 2014 release ‘The Lion Tamer EP’? The answer it would appear is making the most emotive and heartfelt EP to cross my desk in 2018. The three lads from Birmingham have been locked away at Univibe studio with Elliot Vaughan and the result will take your breath away.
The band have a long pedigree going back to 2004 of performing at festivals and large Midlands venues. No surprise that BBC West Midlands were quick to give airplay to ‘Not in my Nature’ the first release from the new EP.
There’s no doubt that the nineties alt rock influences of At the Drive-in and Mars Volta still sit front and centre with the dual vocals, frantically fast drumming and eclectic hooks. What sets the EP apart from other releases is the relentless outpouring of emotion through the closeness of the lyrics matched to the taught vocals which grow from the pain in the stories that are being told.
Picking out a favourite from the release isn’t easy. The two ballads ‘Cancer in the Rut’ and ‘Please’ sent a tingle down my spine with their mixture of fragility and colossal cinematic sounds. There is nothing rushed or out of place in either song and it would be a tie between the two for first place.
A release party for the EP is to be held on Friday 27th April at The Flapper, Birmingham and there’s going to be a big rush for tickets so don’t get left behind.
1. Not in my Nature
2. Fear of Thirteen
3.Head vs Heart vs Brick Wall
4.Cancer in the Rut
Million Empire are:
Westley Knight – Vocals/Guitar
Andy Crawford – Vocals/Bass
Paulie Willis – Drums