Back in May when we launched the monthly Roundup feature, one of the first bands I wanted share with you was Empress. I’d saw the video for ‘Deeper In Disguise’ on TV and knew it could be the start of something special. Not to be confused with two other bands of the same name (Spotify and Last.FM are minefields of misinformation), these boys are heavy and loud and well worth your time.
We caught up with singer Ollie for a quick Q&A.
Who are you and where do you hail from?
We’re Empress from near Reading, South England.
Please introduce the band members.
I’m Ollie, I sing and play guitar. Alex plays bass, Tom plays guitar and Edd plays Drums.
Your SoundCloud page describes your music genre as Heavy Prog. Is that an accurate description?
Yeah I’d say it’s an accurate description. We’ve got a lot of progressive bits in our music and some heavy bits too; it just fits well. So far the progressive side maybe hasn’t come out so much because of the songs that have been released as singles, but once people hear the album, they’re going to see what we’re really about.
Who are your biggest influences?
As a band we’ve got a lot of different influences. My influences change weekly, but my old school favourite bands are usually like Metallica, Thrice, Deftones, Poison The Well. There’s so much stuff we listen to though, at the moment I’m listening to a lot of Jeff Buckley. I’ve got into Siamese Dream by Smashing Pumpkins recently too. I’ve never really given them a chance before so I’m loving that album at the moment as well. Generally we don’t really listen to a lot of heavy heavy stuff, more bands with riffs that are a bit different rather than any straight up Metal.
People will like your music because…
Well we like it because it’s the music we want to write, that’s the most important thing to us as a band. There’s too many bands writing music to appease other people, or wanting to appeal to a certain audience because they think it’s what people want to hear. If people like the stuff we’re writing then that’s awesome, but the main thing is that we do.
Best gig you’ve played so far?
Download Festival by far. It’s the biggest crowd we’ve played to and to play a big stage at a big festival is something that I’ve wanted to do since I was like 13.
What’s the bands greatest achievement to date?
Writing and recording our album. We’re really proud of what we’ve created and we think it’s a big statement for us as a band. A lot of people will be surprised.
Where can we get your music from?
At the moment we have a few singles out available on iTunes etc, and our album is planned for release early next year.
How important do you find social networking and the Internet as a source for promoting and communicating with your fans?
It’s obviously very important to us to communicate with our fans whether that’s speaking to them at shows or online, so social networking helps us to keep fans up-to-date really easily.
Where can people keep in touch and follow your movements?