Sydney, Australia rock band New Empire may be new to the United States audiences but they've been a band for over six years and have just released their first national project, In A Breath through Tooth & Nail Records. JFH staff writer John "Flip" Choquette recently caught up with the band's lead guitarist Kyle Lane to discuss In A Breath, their newfound national exposure and more...
This interview took place on: 5/11/14.
Thank you for having us!!! It is true that we've been around for a while. New Empire has been a band for about 6 years now with a couple of lineup changes in between. The two original members, Jeremy and Kale, grew up together actually. They played soccer together as young boys and went all through school together playing in bands. Then I came along when I was in early high school as a fan boy and ended up going on the road with the band as their Tech, until a position opened up for me to grab an instrument. Our newest member, Nate, has been friends with us for many years through friend circles. We are all very close friends which makes band life super easy.
Kyle: This was an amazing opportunity for us. At the time it really felt like the start of something big. I think the best thing that came out of it was the opportunity for people to hear a song that is so close to our hearts, and to be able to play it at shows and people sing it back to you. It's quite incredible.
Kyle: From the start, this band has always been a bigger picture group of guys. We always knew that at some point we would start touring the States and beyond. In our heads, we knew that we had something to say that was bigger than just Australia, and if we were to limit ourselves to our country, we would be limiting ourselves in terms of how many people could be reached with this message.
Kyle: The way I remember it is that we had sent the album to them, as we did with many other labels. What we heard back was that Tooth and Nail loved it and wanted to have a chat on Skype. When we met with them, they were so excited about our record and so excited about us as people. It felt like there was a genuine care and enthusiasm to see us succeed in the States, which we didn't see in any other labels. This is what really got us over the edge.
Kyle: I think our biggest challenge is capturing people's attention through our live show. The crowds actually are a bit different in the States. I think they are always looking to be impressed as they are so saturated with incredible music. Our aim is to capture their attention through our lyrics, our energy, our passion, our love for people and what we do.
Kyle: Me personally, I love the NBA and Hot Wings. I think that sums it up pretty well.
Kyle: For us this album is extremely personal. We went through a lot in the process of this album, from losing loved ones to relationship breakdowns. The title track for the record, "In A Breath," speaks of the eternal aspect of loss. That even though someone is no longer a physical part of your life, there is still hope that you will see them again and that time is only in a breath. We hope that people can take this away and realize the hope that can be found through hard situations.
Kyle: Our singer, Jeremy, is our main song writer, but I know by the way he writes and what he sings about that there is always a bigger picture behind what we sing. I know that we are all motivated by relationships and interactions with people. People shape our character, people shape who we are. It's in those times that the greatest realizations about ourselves are found. That's what we sing about.
Kyle: We question almost everything in our lives, as a band as well as personally. I think that's part of being human... but the one thing that we never really question at all is what we believe in and the reason that we are playing music. It is one thing that has always kept us unified and continues to push in the direction we want to be going.
Kyle: The one band that has been absolutely instrumental in us as a band, as well as us as men, is For Today. Every time we get to hang out with those guys, we are pushed to be better at everything we do and everything that we are. Those guys are living lives that are so sold out on a vision, to the point that they would die for it. That inspires us and pushes us to be the same.
Kyle: Come and see us on one of our American dates and keep listening to music that impacts you. Thanks for having us!
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