On the following page I want to introduce
new interesting bands, one band each month. Those of you who know a new
band and want it to be featured on this page - just email
me. This time we feature Empire State Human.
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Empire State Human - I always thought this was
the classical song of Human League. Well, I was wrong. Empire State Human
is Synthiepop from Dublin (Irland) and, by the way, its bloody good!!!!!
Aidan Casserly, Brian O'Malley, and Laurence Kiernan, are the band that
I just have to introduce to you! Its obvious that I asked them about
the connection to the song of the cult band Human League. Thats
what the band said about their name: We originally wanted to call
the band 'WASP' after the old analogue synthesizer, but there is already
a band called WASP. We love the early Human League, and the song 'EMPIRE
STATE HUMAN' seemed to fit the mould we wanted to create with the music
'music that is larger than life, with limitless possibilities'.
Those of you, who now think that they sound like Human League are mistaken.
They are in no way one of the uncountable copies of the original.
In 1999 they started to make music together. Influenced by Raymond Scott,
Kraftwerk and the Sparks, the first songs were written. They soon found
their typical sound and the song Nightflight was at once released
on the A Different Drum compilation Shadowdancing II.
The band had their first gigs which were not only impressing by the extravagant
light show. The breakthrough in the USA was done. By international contacts
and friendship with other bands they try to become successful in other
countries, too. And they were successful. Empire State Human have signed
a contract with Ninthwave Records and the debut CD Martian Anthems
Pop Robot, the second CD, will soon be released. Their music
might be called Synthiepop, but its not the usual one. On the one
hand the uncommon vocals are striking, on the other hand the music always
sounds fresh and - in comparison to other bands - not the slightest bit
By their willingness to experiment with the music, Empire State Human
are able to give their songs this unique sound that makes it recognizable.
But listen yourself, the mp3 songs are speaking for themselves!!!!!!!!!!!!
At the moment the work at the third CD Urbanism is in progress.
They already have a good reputation in the USA, now they take the plunge
on the European market. Surely they will break through here, too, by remix
work for Wave In Head and other bands and by a good and interesting web
page (that will follow soon, we hope).
Empire State Human - that means great music and is the proof that synthiepop
and synthiepop are not alike!!
Im already looking forward to a live gig of the band and I hope
I dont have to wait too long for it!!!!!
The CDs might be ordered at Ninthwave Records (look at the Wave
In Head link list)and probably at Indietective mailorder, Germany!!!!
If you want to listen to their music
- Stardust´s got two mp3s for you:
STATE HUMAN - at Peoplesound.com
last "Bandportrait" was about Leon Glock