Brutal is one way of putting it. The only way, really, considering the thermometer-cracking highs that faced Generationals during the month-long sessions for their second album, Actor- Caster.
"DC is very unforgiving in the summer. It just radiates heat," explains singer/multi- instrumentalist Ted Joyner. "So even though it was sunny outside, we sat in the basement most of the time."
That explains the melancholic/morose bent of the band's lyrics this time around, like how Grant Widmer-also a singer/multi-instrumentalist-refuses to pick up the phone in "Goose & Gander" or the way Joyner's lovelorn melodies linger well after the last dust-clearing note of "Dirty Mister Dirty." It's as if they're chasing every smile with a sneer, and at least one of them's brandishing a knife behind his back.
As for the duo's songwriting, it's still sunbaked in spots (the persistent piano lines of "Greenleaf," the galloping grooves of "Ten-Twenty-Ten" and "You Say It Too"), but nothing's stuck in the '60s. More like the here and now, combined with the warm, inviting vibe of classic pop cuts.
"It's important for us to record the old way-with analog equipment and tape machines,"explains Widmer, "But we also incorporate lots of electronic elements that wouldn't have been available to someone in the '60s. That combination is our sound."

Young Empires are a new Canadian 3-piece that has garnered international critical acclaim and since their inception in October 2009. NME Magazine compared Young Empires' sound to the likes of The Killers, Arcade Fire, Yeasayer, and Foals. Defined by swirling synthesizer tones, fervent bass rhythms, and soulful guitar licks, Young Empires deliver fresh, yet distinguished dance tracks full of swagger, sexuality, and occasionally a little angst.

A long with music blogs, Young Empires have also been well-received in the fashion world including a feature in Dazed & Confused Magazine. Their song "Glory of the Night" was released on Parisian fashion/music label Kitsune Maison 10. Another track "Against the Wall" has been featured on a viral fashion video for Nylon TV.

Young Empires' still young career highlights include international performances in London, Paris, Stockholm, New York City, Chicago, Miami, Bogota, Toronto, and Montreal. They've supported acts such as Jamiroquai, Chromeo, Dragonette,
Japandroids, Girl Talk, Sleigh Bells, Jamaica, and Tanlines. Young Empires' live performance at the NXNE Festival was named in the top 10 out of over 500 bands.

The trio is also distinguished for their production skills and been commissioned to remix major label singles for Geffen
and Kitsune Records. Their home demo recordings have charted on FM4 Radio (Germany) and two separate home
demos have reached the top 15 on HypeMachine's charts; a feat that earned them a spot on the HypeMachine
showcase at CMJ this year.

With their debut EP, Wake All My Youth, dropping in early 2012 on Pirates Blend Records Young Empires are poised to deliver on many reviewers predictions as one of the top new artists to watch.

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Saturday, June 1 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Three Links

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