Toronto, ON – August 4, 2015 – Toronto’s Young Empires will release their debut album The Gates (via Pirates Blend) on September 4th. The album is a tour de force, featuring choruses weaving together with head-bobbing beatcraft and avant-pop melodies. The band is currently on tour and more dates will be announced soon.
Over the past several months, the band has released album tracks, So Cruel, title track The Gates, which is currently charting Top 10 at Modern Rock radio, and Sunshine, which has surpassed one million streams on Spotify in less than two months.
Writing began in late winter of 2013 at Vlahovich’s home studio in Toronto and turned into an epic two-year journey that continued in Los Angeles before landing back on the band’s home turf. The group wasn’t sure about where they wanted to take their sound until they wrote the title track The Gates, an upbeat anthem that soars and swirls, exploring the palette that would educate the rest of the album. Once in the studio, Young Empires were aided by a trio of top-tier producers – Stephen “Koz” Kozmeniuk (Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, Madonna), Jimmy Messer (AWOLNATION) and Kevin Seaton (Snoop Lion, Active Child) – the threesome meshed together their disparate influences into a stunningly singular sound.
In the end, the trio forged nearly forty tunes. Ten made the final cut, including So Cruel, Sunshine, and the shimmering Uncover Your Eyes, the album’s elegiac finale.
THE GATES TRACK LIST:
2. The Gates
3. So Cruel
6. House Lights
7. Never Die Young
8. The Unknown
10. Uncover Your Eyes
UPCOMING CANADIAN TOUR DATES:
8/15: Hamilton, ON – A Midsummer’s Dream Festival
8/16: Toronto, ON – Harbourfront Centre
8/22: Georgetown, ON – Rock The Hills Music Festival
9/3: Toronto, ON – The Drake Underground Album Release Party
9/4: Sarnia, ON – Festival of Good Things
9/5: Edmonton, AB – Sonic Boom
9/6: Calgary, AB – X-Fest
9/17: Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
9/19: Victoria, BC – Rifflandia Festival