Instant Empire CD Release

Illegal Pete's and Twist & Shout Present

Instant Empire CD Release

Hindershot, Gun Street Ghost

Fri, January 18, 2013

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

$6.00

This event is 21 and over

Instant Empire
Instant Empire
For the past four years, the Denver-based indie rockers of Instant Empire have played regularly in Colorado and toured the Midwest with aspirations as big as their sound. While most IE songs are anthemic and rowdy enough to keep fans fist-pumping, the literate lyrics and the band's complexity beg a second (or third) listen at home on the couch. Their brand of aggressive indie rock has drawn comparisons to The Hold Steady, The National, Manchester Orchestra and Bright Eyes.

Thematically, IE’s songs relate to the zeitgeist: our struggle to overcome isolation, connect to others, and find meaning in chaotic lives. The band’s sound is broad and unafraid to experiment. Songs are highlighted by a tight rhythm section, melodically rich guitar interplay, dark synth underpinnings, and vocals that are at once urgent and passionate.
After releasing three quality EPs—Instant Empire (2011), Heavy Hollow (2012), and Keep Up! (2013)—IE was selected to record with Christopher Tyng’s Grow Music Project in Santa Barbara, CA. The single from this session will appear on the band's first full-length album, planned for Spring 2015. Jonathan Low (The National, The War on Drugs, Modern Baseball, etc) and John Vanderslice (Spoon, Death Cab for Cutie, Mountain Goats, etc.) have signed on to record and produce the new record. In 2014, the band was also invited to sign with the Red Bull Sound Select artist development program.

This is a band that has found its sound and that believes it is on the cusp of creating something special. Instant Empire is lead singer Scotty Saunders with guitarists Sean Connaughty and Lou Kucera, Aaron Stone on bass, Doug Chase pushing buttons and Tristan Kelley on drums.
Hindershot
Hindershot
Hindershot was founded on a simple premise: music, however challenging, should always be a good time. Despite poetic lyrics, unusual chord changes, complex harmonies, and an eclectic list of influences (Beck, T. Rex, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, The Pixies), Hindershot boasts a repertoire of post-whatever jams you can dance to. With lyrical content ranging from the mundane and light-hearted (inhalers, insects, and oscillating fans) to the grandiose and grim (black holes, death, political unrest), songwriter Stuart Confer weaves a complex, mythologized autobiography through details and metaphor. The immediacy, earnestness and breathless energy of punk rock still grin through, missing teeth and all.
Gun Street Ghost
Gun Street Ghost
Gun Street Ghost is a Denver-based Americana band with classic elements of country-based songs about the struggles of life, hard work, and drinking to numb the pain. 70's rock influences add electric guitar-driven songs and aggressive rhythmic aspects. The ambient textures of guitar swells and pedal steel slides intertwined with rhythm guitar and piano create a somber feel, while underpinning powerful vocal melodies that are memorable to the listener. Gun Street Ghost's music will tell you a story musically and lyrically, at times the message is clear, at times it's more like a dream that is open to interpretation.
Venue Information:
Hi-Dive
7 S. Broadway
Denver, CO, 80209
http://www.hi-dive.com/