Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate)
When The Sea Became A Giant


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by You have been banned for the following reason: fuck off USER (31 Reviews)
January 9th, 2014 | 34 replies | 1,745 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: You've got to believe that life is more than a sum of it's parts, kiddo.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Oh, the city burns!

As I listen to this record over and over again, I find nothing change. Everything around me stays the same. The record just plays, and the music engulfs me over and over. The only thing that happens as is I get up to turn the record over from side A to side B. The stagnancy is almost increasing, and yet I am content with it. I feel that's a perfect metaphor for Empire Empire!'s music

Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) are a band that makes sad, sad music. This EP is no exception, although it finds the music that the play at a point of raw emotion almost never revived throughout the rest of their discography. Of course the sadness and lethargy is omnipresent in their music, but This is a record made my a broken man, which is not only obvious in the music, but in the lyrics too.

"oh sure, you can look for reasons
and try to be them, for a while
but you know you can't be her answer
she was never after truth
will your mother still blame you if she knew all the words that she said drove you here?
a half a world away
destroying your body
to get back for every word she said
but it won't change the way she is
and it won't change a thing she did
so calm down
sleep now
forget all the things that she said"

Everything Keith writes for this band is obviously extremely personal, at certain times on this album it almost feels as if you are intruding on his personal life. This record is not rock bottom, this record is falling asleep after a worn out long day of nothing and everything. This record is an escape from the day-to-day processes we go through. This record lets you know that you are not alone.

Stupid metaphors and emotional bull*** aside, the music here is quite top-notch as well, with some of Empire! Empire!'s most memorable riffs and vocal melodies, especially on the song K.O. K.O. (The Most of My Worries Are the Least of Your Concerns). This band is not only good at displaying emotion and beauty, but they are also damn good at writing music.

Nero would be proud.



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YakNips
January 8th 2014



9409 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just a quick write up for an EP that needed a review.

Oh no, I talk about emotions and use sappy metaphors!
oh well

Digging: The Brave Little Abacus - Just Got Back from the Discomfort

StallionMang
January 8th 2014



5409 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yay this needed a review

Digging: Morning Effort - I heard you the first time, it just wasn't funny

YakNips
January 8th 2014



9409 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree

Relinquished
January 8th 2014



24909 Comments


nothing *changes

Hep Kat
January 8th 2014



15311 Comments


band is ass

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
January 8th 2014



50043 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Easily their weakest material

Digging: Tiny Moving Parts - Pleasant Living

YakNips
January 8th 2014



9409 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I still love it

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
January 8th 2014



50043 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
January 9th 2014



1597 Comments


Great job yak! Band is great, should probably start listening to other material besides What it takes to move forward

YakNips
January 9th 2014



9409 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah man definitely check this EP

KILL
January 9th 2014



71372 Comments


yo man check zen arcade

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hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
January 9th 2014



1597 Comments


Do it yak, husker du is an incredible punk band

YakNips
August 17th 2014



9409 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

holy shit

tommygun
August 17th 2014



24380 Comments


thoughts on zen arcade?

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YakNips
August 17th 2014



9409 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

its gud

but i was more holy shitting this

StallionMang
August 17th 2014



5409 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

KO KO is the best thing ever

YakNips
August 17th 2014



9409 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


thats the song i was jamming

StallionMang
August 17th 2014



5409 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hell yeah, that and Pariahs are next-level jams

YakNips
August 17th 2014



9409 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea yea those are my favourites i dont really remember the other ones lol

StallionMang
August 17th 2014



5409 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah I mean the others are good obvs but those two tracks blow em out of the water

I don't care for Lilly as much, still a nice song tho



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