This record is Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate)’s newest 7″. As far as the record, it is pretty much what one would expect from this band. While they have had various people work in this band in the past, it is only the core of Keith and Cathy Latinen here. Per the insert, “Cathy played her guitar parts, and Keith did the rest.” They did it well, as this records sounds great.
What we have here is an emo record in the vein of Mineral or Christie Front Drive. Slow, sad sounding jams are to be had. As such, you can expect clean, twinkly guitars and great lyrics. For a release by this band, the songs are rather short. Between two and three minutes each, which compared to the four or five plus minute songs this band is known for, is quite a dose of brevity. In keeping with brevity, it is a four song 7″ and I do not want to do another overly long review. Long story short, it is a great example of what emo can still be. Basically, this band is all about the quality. I highly recommend it.
*Buy It (Stiff Slack Records [Japan])
*Stream It (BandCamp)