Review:: How Good Does It Feel | empires

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For Fans of: The National, The Strokes, The Airborne Toxic Event

Empires’ new EP How Good Does It Feel may only have four tracks, but really that’s all these guys need. Each track is as catchy as the one before, leaving the listener singing the tunes hours after hearing it (I know I was), but not only are these songs catchy as hell, there are some serious emotions brought out throughout the whole thing – love, longing, guilt. With How Good Does It Feel, it’s clear that empires have honed their sound and perfected their own style.

“Hostage” starts the EP of perfectly: in your face drums that the listener can’t help but at least to tap their foot. “How Good Does It Feel” and “Please Don’t Tell My Lover” are both pleasantly reminiscent of The Strokes’ First Impressions of Earth. “Lifers” ends the EPon a slower, more emotional note, leaving the listener in a state of the best kind of contemplation. How Good Does It Feel is a perfect blend of all the right sounds and feelings; it’s impossible not to fall in love with Empires.

Release Date: June 17, 2014
Run Time: 13:48
Rating: 4/5

Track Listing:
1.“Hostage”
2. “How Good Does It Feel”
3. “Please Don’t Tell My Lover”
4. “Lifers”

empires is:
Tom Conrad
Mike Robinson
Max Steger
Sean Van Vleet


Written by Joe Calvi