Samstag, 2. April 2016

Southern Empire

Southern Empire is Australia's newest, most exciting progressive rock band.

Formed by keyboardist Sean Timms after the dis-banding of Unitopia, Southern Empire will astound the listener with intricate yet catchy songs, amazing musicianship and a harder, more edgy sound perfectly suited to today's generation.

Their s/t debut album was released February 22nd 2016.

After a 17 year involvement with Unitopia ended in 2013, Sean Timms had an album's worth of songs written, but no band to play and record them. Sean approached vocalist Danny Lopresto about forming a band to play the material and ultimately record an album and tour. The two had known each other for many years and had worked together in the studio, but never as a song writing partnership or in the live arena. Danny was extremely excited at the prospect and the two set about adding his powerfully emotional vocals to the song demos. They then auditioned for a guitarist, bass player and drummer to complete the line-up Enter Cam Blokland, Jez Martin & Brody Green. Soon after, the band started rehearsing the material which due to the creative input of all of the members quickly took on a new lease of life.
In April 2015, the group recorded the bed tracks live at internationally renowned recording studio Chapel Lane. Over the next few months overdubs were recorded at Sean's studio, Timms Tunes and the album mixed by Gabs Agostino at Chapel Lane.
Adding their talents to the line-up are Tim Irrgang, percussionist with Unitopia and UPF, internationally renowned composer and multi-instrumentalist Adam Page on Saxophone and flute and Samurai of Prog frontman Steve Unruh on Violin and flute.
Nearly every part of the recording process was filmed and the video clips will be available as a bonus disk with the album.