Toronto’s Young Empires are showing no signs of slowing down as 2015 starts to wrap up. The band released their debut full-length album, The Gates, in September, played festival stages through the summer, and now they’re getting ready to head back out on the road this fall with Dragonette. The group will travel from Quebec to BC through the end of November and beginning of December (full details below). Before hitting the road, Young Empires will perform at Toronto’s Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 22nd for the 2015 CASBY Awards, where the album’s title track has been nominated for Favourite New Song.
The album’s singles have been all over the radiowaves, with “Uncover Your Eyes” being met with positive reception. The track is the follow up to the band’s highest charting song to date, The Gates, which was a Top 10 hit.
The Gates is the follow-up to Young Empires’ electro-house infused debut EP, Wake All My Youth, which was met with positive reception worldwide when it was released in 2012. Its success kept the band touring non-stop and left little time to write and record. The genre-blending songs were birthed out of an intensely communal songwriting process.
Writing began in late winter of 2013 at Vlahovich’s home studio in Toronto and turned into an epic two-year journey that continued in Los Angeles before landing back on the band’s home turf. The group wasn’t sure about where they wanted to take their sound until they wrote the title track The Gates, an upbeat anthem that soars and swirls, exploring the palette that would educate the rest of the album. Once in the studio, Young Empires were aided by a trio of top-tier producers – Stephen “Koz” Kozmeniuk (Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, Madonna), Jimmy Messer (AWOLNATION) and Kevin Seaton (Snoop Lion, Active Child) – the threesome meshed together their disparate influences into a stunningly singular sound.
UPCOMING CANADIAN TOUR DATES:
Oct 22 – Toronto, ON – The 2015 Casby Awards (Performer and Nominee) – performing @ 11pm
Nov 27 – Montreal, QC – Corona *
Nov 28 – Waterloo, ON – Maxwell’s *
Nov 29 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall *
Dec 5 – Winnipeg, MB – Pyramid *
Dec 6 – Saskatoon, SK – O’Brian’s Centre *
Dec 8 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room *
Dec 9 – Calgary, AB – Marquee *
Dec 11 – Vancouver, BC – The Vogue *
Dec 12 – Victoria, BC – Sugar *