Empires performing in 2014
|Genres||Indie rock, Garage rock, Alternative rock|
|Years active||2008 - Present|
Chop Shop Records
|Members||Sean Van Vleet (vocals)
Tom Conrad (guitar)
Max Steger (guitar)
Mike Robinson (drums)
Empires is an indie rock band from Chicago, IL. The band consists of Tom Conrad, Sean Van Vleet, Max Steger, and Mike Robinson.
In early 2008, Empires was formed when longtime friends guitarist Tom Conrad approached singer Sean Van Vleet about writing music together. Conrad and Van Vleet spent the year writing music together, and the induction of the other band members soon followed, Max Steger, Ryan Luciani and Al Smith. The band's name, "Empires", was thought of by Tom Conrad and Sean Van Vleet at the same time, albeit on opposite sides of Chicago (Tom was on the 'L' Train at the time, while Sean was at their shared apartment).
The band has consistently mentioned having a very DIY ethic when it comes to recording and releasing music with Max Steger as their producer / engineer, mixer and masterer, Tom Conrad as a designer and Sean Van Vleet as a writer. In 2014, the band's third full-length studio album, Orphan, was produced by John Congleton and released on Island Records / Chop Shop Records.
Empires made their national television debut on David Letterman on June 17, 2014.
Empires has performed and toured alongside such artists: Geographer, Alkaline Trio, Kaiser Chiefs, The Whigs, Augustines, Deerhunter, Saint Motel, A Silent Film, Death Cab for Cutie, The Temper Trap, Margot & the Nuclear So and So's, and Black Francis, Chain Gang of l974,
• Austin City Limits Music Festival (2014)
• Bunbury Music Festival (2013)
• Big Guava Music Festival (2015)
• Bonnaroo Music Festival (2014)
• BottleRock Napa Valley (2014)
• Hangout Music Festival (2014)
• Forecastle Festival (2015)
• Lollapalooza (2012)
• LouFest (2014)
• South by Southwest (2014)