This morning is our first full-length giveaway – the self-titled debut from Athens, GA’s The Empties:
There’s always been a certain element of wanderlust to North American rock. It starts local – the main drag from your town to the next – and branches out to the Interstates. Somewhere in all the asphalt veins, there are songs waiting to be found. Bands harness them in various ways and means, and The Empties are no different. They don’t write sprawling rock anthems, or jagged punk – but channel something specifically American. It’s an overall confidence in themselves – the thinking that everything is available to them, and they’re looking to take hold of it.
The band creates fuzz and distortion with their post-punk, but has enough pop sensibility to pair it with harmony and sing along lyrics. Think of a scuffed up version of Spoon. Songs crackle with guitars, but stay focused on the ultimate goal. This is an album with which to build a fanbase, and one that shows the ultimate promise of better things to come.
Stream a track, download another, and grab a copy for yourself over at Amie Street.
And as always, we’re giving a copy away to a reader. This week, give us your favorite driving album. When you’ve got a long drive to make, what do you put on? We’ll pick our favorite and send you the goods.
The Empties – Acoustic Melody Maker (STREAM)