Local music fans who like their Indie Pop noisy and creative need to check out Pop Empire, a new duo featuring Cameron Cochran (of The Sheds and Lions Rampant fame) and Henry Wilson. And, like Cochran's Sheds (which gave away all of its music free online), Pop Empire is recession-friendly.
Head to popempire.com and download the band's debut EP, Rainy Child, for free. If you like what you hear, support the artists who created it — and its artwork — by attending the Rainy Child CD release party at the Southgate House’s Parlour Saturday at 9 p.m. with guests The Lions Rampant and The Seedy Seeds. The release show coincides with an art exhibit in the Southgate’s third floor gallery featuring local visual artists’ interpretation of the music (the artwork is included in the limited edition CD version as well).
The duo crafts a unique sound, with slanted but memorable songwriting at the core, and a slathering of kinetic drums machine beats and buzzing, scraping electronic noises, topped with slashing, swaggering guitar and slithering melodies. The punch-drunk Art Rock-Pop-Electro approach will appeal to fans of TV on the Radio and former Cincy-based duo Coltrane Motion, but it stands in a realm all its own.
Get show and club details here.