Artist info

Genre

Roots, Indie


band members

Jason Heerah - Drums/Vocals, Dennis Dowlut - Guitar/Vocals, Aaron Mendoza - Keyboards/Vocals, Simon Olsen - Bass/BV's


Influences

amy winehouse, Aloe Blacc, Stevie Wonder


Unearthed artists we like

Tinpan Orange


Bio

Electric Empire is fast becoming one of Australia’s top music exports. But like many of their contemporaries, the group has taken the global route before hitting the headlines at home. And what an incredible journey it’s been. In 2011, Electric Empire delivered a string of shows at Britain’s famous Glastonbury Festival, they graced the stage of London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall (2012) and played to full houses in Japan and France. The band’s music has even taken them into Kazakhstan. And along the way, Electric Empire has sold tens of thousands of copies of their debut album. For Electric Empire, the incredible ride is just beginning. Electric Empire is comprised of Jason Heerah (drums), Aaron Mendoza (keys), Dennis Dowlut (guitar) and Simon Olsen (bass). They’re an independent-minded collection of talented musicians, songwriters and producers, where some relationships within the gang trace back a near lifetime. Between them, they call Sydney and Melbourne home, but right now they’re better accustomed to life on the road. Those experiences are shaping the music of Electric Empire. The group have cut a new EP, CHANGIN’, available to pre order now on iTunes and available Friday 26 October. The recording is a follow-up to their self-funded and self-titled 2010 debut album, which has sold more than 40,000 copies outside Australia – a remarkable achievement for a fully independent release. On the new EP, the group experiments in new soundscapes, built around strong themes and messages. It’s co-produced by John Castle, the studio mastermind behind recordings from Washington, The Cat Empire, The Bamboos, Lior and The Drones, among many others. The international artist community has proven to be a decisive factor. Support slots for the likes of The Brand New Heavies, U.S. soul sensation Mayer Hawthorne and Antipodean funksters Fat Freddy’s Drop and The Bamboos pushed the group into the spotlight in 2011. More recently, shows with British soul star Beverley Knight and Aloe Blacc have thrust them further ahead. The promotional buzz behind Electric Empire is now well and truly humming towards that goal. British media outlets the BBC, The Sun, Music Week and Q Magazine are all turning their attention to Electric Empire. On the Continent, the likes of Radio Nova (France) and Rolling Stone Magazine have thrown their considerable support behind the group. +++++ 2012 CHANGIN’ TOUR DATES +++++ 12th September - Bigsound - Brisbane Tickets at www.bigsound.org.au 1st November - Heritage Hotel - Wollongong (w/ Lime Cordial) Tickets at www.oztix.com.au 2nd November - Oxford Art Factory - Sydney (w/ Lime Cordial) Tickets at www.moshtix.com.au 3rd November - Gearins Hotel - Katoomba (w/ Lime Cordial) Tickets at www.moshtix.com.au 15th November - AWME - The Hi FI - Melbourne (w/ the Bamboos) Tickets at www.thehifi.com.au 17th November - Golden Days Festival - Sunshine Coast Tickets at www.goldendaysfestival.com 23rd November - Mullum Festival - Byron Bay Tickets at www.mullummusic.com/ 24th & 25th November - Queenscliff Music Festival - Queenscliff Tickets at www.qmf.net.au 1 December - Rocket Bar - Adelaide (w/ Translantics) Tickets at www.rocketbar.com.au (more dates to be announced soon)

Review

Reviewed by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

25 Sep 2012

Triple J
40

Hard to miss the big Donny vibe here but you nestle it into some ripping soul sounds that keep ticking through my head.

Hard to miss the big Donny vibe here but you nestle it into some ripping soul sounds that keep ticking through my head.

Review

Reviewed by Al Newstead Al Newstead

02 Oct 2012

Triple J
50

Good to see this band getting the recognition it deserves - even if roots is pretty inaccurate. Try soul-infused, searing rock that's been electrified by the classics. The voice alone is worth 5 stars.

Good to see this band getting the recognition it deserves - even if roots is pretty inaccurate. Try soul-infused, searing rock that's been electrified by the classics. The voice alone is worth 5 stars.

Review

Reviewed by Maggie Collins Maggie Collins

07 Oct 2012

Triple J
50

This is modern indie soul at its greatest.

This is modern indie soul at its greatest.