Music: Empires

Every show Empires has played in Cincinnati, it has been memorable. The Chicago quintet’s Queen City debut was at 2010’s MidPoint festival.

Every show Empires has played in Cincinnati, it has been memorable. The Chicago quintet’s Queen City debut was at 2010’s MidPoint festival, which guitarist Tom Conrad recalls thusly: “I remember everyone being extremely wasted and playing really late, and walking away thinking, ‘I don’t know what this was but I’d love to come back.’” 

The band’s subsequent MOTR Pub gig to promote its 2012 sophomore full-length, Garage Hymns, found them hanging around until 4 a.m., because a nearby shooting made their tour van an active crime scene.

Hopefully, the only drama during Empires’ return will be on MOTR’s stage as they premiere the material comprising their third album, Orphan, the band’s Chop Shop/Island Records debut tentatively slated for late spring/early summer release. 

Empires plays a free show Sunday, March 2, at Over-the-Rhine's MOTR Pub. Click here for more info.


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