If the "emo revival" (not the #emorevival) had royalty, Keith and Cathy Latinen of Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) might well be the genre's king and queen. Between Empire! Empire! and their label, Count Your Lucky Stars, the husband/wife duo have been long-time friends, peers and confidants that are instrumental in this niche we've all carved out for ourselves. Now the band is poised to take an even bigger role in things with the announcement of their second full-length You Will Eventually Be Forgotten on August 19, 2014 via Topshelf Records and Count Your Lucky Stars Records. A companion graphic novel, titled Ribbon, will also be released on August 19th. Illustrated by artist and friend, Ben Sears, Ribbon tells the stories behind the songs in eleven chapters in his trademark style.
You Will Eventually Be Forgotten may have taken half a decade to complete (actually feels longer, doesn't it?), but it was absolutely worth the wait. Constant touring and the litany of splits and EPs since their last full-length have noticeably tightened the band and the meticulous lyrics, beautiful guitar melodies, and sincere vocals that have become their hallmark. This record's loaded with vivid storytelling that makes each Empire! Empire! song feel like a carefully handcrafted gift unique to the listener.
Get notified when pre-orders become available and view the album's track listing.
The band also has a series of acoustic tour dates this summer with The Early November which the band had this to say about:
The whole tour will be acoustic, so it’s going to be fun to show you some reworked versions of our songs. If you have watched our video for the Space Jam Sessions of “How to Make Love Stay”, you will get an idea of what it will sound like. We will also be playing a few new songs. The dates are below, we can’t wait to see all of you on the road.
- 7/14 Vienna, VA @ Jammin' Java
- 7/15 Vienna, VA @ Jammin' Java
- 7/16 New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
- 7/17 Albany, NY @ Social Justice Center*
- 7/18 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
- 7/19 Hamden, CT @ The Space
- 7/20 Syracuse, NY @ The Lost Horizon
- 7/21 Rochester, NY @ California Brew House*
- 7/22 Toronto, ON(Canada) @ Hard Luck Bar
- 7/23 Lakewood, OH @ Mahall's
- 7/25 Lansing, MI @ Mac's Bar
- 7/26 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
- 7/27 St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
- 7/29 Nashville, TN @ Van's Warped Tour (Acoustic)
- 7/30 Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl at Center Stage
- 7/31 Gainsville, FL @ Loosey's*
- 8/1 Orlando, FL @ The Social
- 8/2 Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
- 8/3 Charlotte, NC @ Area 15*
- 8/4 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
- 8/5 Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live Philadelphia
- 8/6 Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live Philadelphia
- 8/7 Amityville, NY @ Revolution Bar and Music Hall
*Solo shows — No The Early November
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