Watch! Million Empire release video for “Rabbit Punch”

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Birmingham alt-rockers Million Empire have released a video for their song “Rabbit Punch.”

The song is lifted from the band’s recent EP, The Lion Tamer, reviewed here.

The clip was produced by the band’s own vocalist and bassist Andy Crawford. Check it out below:

Find out more about Million Empire and download The Lion Tamer EP via the band’s official website.

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Album Review: Million Empire | The Lion Tamer EP

Million Empire - The Lion Tamer EP CoverOur Verdict: 4/5
Release date: Out now
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Find out more: Million Empire’s website

Swathes of melody, buckets of emotion and some seriously strong arrangements: all can be found in abundance on the new EP from Midlands alt-rock three-piece, Million Empire.

Alternative rock genetics run rife through the four songs and seventeen minutes of The Lion Tamer. Opening track “Rabbit Punch” is all picked harmonic filigree guitar, undercut by rolling drums and bathed in Andy Crawford’s emotive rasp of a voice. The whole thing then sets course for outer space with a full bodied blast of a chorus, and the dial set firmly to epic. The arrangement builds, moves and maneuvers throughout it’s running time, carefully developing it’s structure with some classy alternative guitar breaks and a shrewd and skillful bass workout coming forward in the mix. It’s a thrilling ride that is carefully paired back for the coda that brings it to a close.

“Supertension” feels like more of a straightforward, heads-down, pedal-to-the-metal rock n’ roll track. But those paying closer attention with their discerning ear for music will soon discover that there’s much more going on. Layers of guitar and rhythm section weave intricately together through verse and chorus, wrapped up in a fragile covering of lyrical ennui: “We split in two halves and make jigsaw pieces, We’re riddled with holes, it makes captive viewing.” And listening too by all accounts. If only all heartbreak could ultimately result in the creation of music so captivating. The more reflective sound of the last minute or so of the song feels almost baroque, and it’s a perfectly nuanced fade to black.

“Blessed” picks up a similar pace from the get-go, the narrator dwelling on being “blessed by a broken heart.” The track certainly wouldn’t sound out of place on a Smashing Pumpkins album, with it’s fuzzy guitar lines and melancholic chord progressions, punctuated with dynamic staccato six-string stabs and bursts of energetic drum thump. The structure and arrangement are a particular delight here, with the rhythmic interplay towards the close of the track sending it in an altogether different direction, and at speed. It’s a goosebump kinda’ moment.

Finally, and all too quickly, it’s the turn of final and title track, “The Lion Tamer.” It sprints out of the blocks in full-on mid 00’s indie mode, as much about getting you shaking your ass and dancing as it is rocking out. It’s frantic, blustery middle section adds a healthy dose of aural thrash, before an almost falsetto vocal refrain lightens proceedings and allows you to take your breath for a moment. But it’s only a moment, and it’s soon disturbed by a thunderous, down-tuned chord that segues into a phased fret run and ascending progression that will blow your mind as well as your speakers. The song bows out in the majesty of a series of power chords that wouldn’t sound out of place in the dying throes of a Black Sabbath record, before fading away and leaving just a sinewy bass line to hang on to.

If there’s anything wrong with The Lion Tamer, it’s this: it’s just too damn short. Million Empire are a band worthy of a finely tuned album length release. They have the talent, the work ethic and the chops. God knows they can write a damn fine tune. What they need now is a following, some funding and a heap of highly vocal support.

Go give it to ’em.

Check out Million Empire’s teaser trailer for “The Lion Tamer” below:

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Million Empire release new EP, “The Lion Tamer”

Million Empire Band Shot 2014

Midlands alt-rockers Million Empire have released their new EP, The Lion Tamer.

Produced by Elliot Vaughan, the EP was recorded over a 3 month period at Univibe Studios.

Says singer and bass player Andy Crawford: “For me, this EP encompasses how we have evolved and grown as a band over the last few years. It contains probably the heaviest section of music we’ve ever written, and probably the softest, most gentle section of music we’ve worked on. It’s a piece of work we’re very proud of.”

Million Empire’s previous, self titled release gained mass radio airplay across the globe, including BBC 6’s Introducing show. The band reached the final of a major competition, performing at the full to capacity Wolverhampton Civic Hall. Several festival appearances led them to support slots with the much lauded ‘And so I watch you from afar’ (ASIWYFA) amongst others, and they played Birmingham Artsfest not once, but twice in one day, the latter headlining the Kerrang stage.

You can watch the official teaser for the EP below, and order it from all digital music outlets, including iTunes.

The full tracklisting for The Lion Tamer is:

1. Rabbit Punch (3:48)
2. Supertension (4:21)
3. Blessed (3:30)
4. The Lion Tamer (4:35)

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Find out more at Million Empire’s official website.

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Million Empire announce new EP, ‘The Lion Tamer’

Million Empire Band Shot 2014

Birmingham based UK alt-rockers Million Empire have announced details of their new EP.

The Lion Tamer is scheduled for release on the 22nd of August and will be available via iTunes and other digital music platforms. Check out the official teaser trailer below.

Million Empire formed in 2008 around the talents of Westley Knight, Andy Crawford and Paulie Willis, and cite inspiration from the likes of At the Drive-in, Billy Talent, Rage Against The Machine, Gallows, Mars Volta and Foo Fighters amongst others.

The band struck gold at Birmingham ArtsFest playing two sets in the same day, the latter headlining the Kerrang! stage.

Find out more by visiting Million Empire’s official website.

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