Gig review: Empyre – The Borderline, London – 6th April 2018

I’ve been raving about Empyre for a few years now and am so happy that they are finally getting the kind of exposure they deserve. I knew they had something special when I first heard them back in 2015 and since then they have continued to produce some of the best new rock music. Their gig at the Borderline last night put them in front of a crowd of rock music lovers, who were mainly there to see the headliners Massive Wagons. It was a sold out show and there were a fair few people in the crowd already when Empyre took to the stage. By the end of their performance there was a good sized crowd and whenever I looked around the venue I could see that the band had everyone hooked.

I used to be one of those people who go to gigs to see the headliner, but these days it’s the other way round and I’m usually there to see the support bands! 🙂 There are so many awesome undiscovered bands out there.

Since posting my photos of the gig on Twitter last night, I’ve seen some people commenting on how Empyre blew them away with their set, so I’m sure they’ve gained many more fans from the performance.

The band started the gig with their heavy rock track “Drive”, which was a good song to warm up the crowd. I captured a bit of the performance to post here; it’ll give you an idea of the intensity of this band’s shows and the precision that goes into the performance of their music.


 

Fans of the band were then treated to a new song. I’d been looking forward to hearing some new stuff as well as the older favourites. This song I think was called “Too Little, Too Late”. It sounded great, very much in line with what I’d expect from this band. It fitted well after “Drive” as it was another up tempo number.

They went on to play “Just A Ride” from their first EP, “EP1”.

That one is also a brilliant rock track with a high energy sound. Often you might see people in the audience talking all the way through the support band’s set, or not paying much attention, but this was not the case with Empyre’s gig last night. All eyes were on the stage.

One of the highlights of the gig for me was the impassioned performance of “Only Way Out”, one of their longer songs. It’s a favourite of mine. Here’s a short clip:


 

Empyre then played another one of my faves, “Something Remains” from their EP of the same name.

The great thing about this band is that their music sounds just as great live as it does in the recordings. It’s the type of music that makes you want to sing along and dance.

They finished their set with “New Republic”, which is one of their new songs that I’d never heard before. The drums on this one have an almost tribal beat sound; it’s a high energy rock track and it sounded awesome. Here’s a teaser clip:


 

I’m sure that anyone who likes rock music would have loved last night’s Empyre gig. If you’re a fan of rock music you should try to catch them live.

Here’s a list of their upcoming gigs:

Follow Empyre:

Website: https://www.empyre.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EMPYRE/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmpyreRock

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/empyrerock/

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