Based out of Toronto, the Young Empires are a three-piece rock band comprised of members Matthew Vlahovich, Jacob Palahnuk, and Taylor Hill. Following the success of their debut full-length release, The Gates, Young Empires was nominated for Breakthrough Group of the Year at the 2016 JUNO Awards and more recently, just wrapped up an extensive tour promoting their latest record in Ontario and Quebec.
Set to embark on a tour of Western Canada this week, we had a chance to catch up with Jake Palahnuk, rhythm specialist, and founding member of Young Empires.
YSL (of course), County of Milan, and Fear of God. Mostly in black til it gets too hot… then white basics are a must.
The Gates is a much more mature record than Wake All My Youth. There’s a new level of depth on this album – both sonically and lyrically. It’s also a more diverse collection of songs; the first EP was very “4-on-the-floor-128” dance rock and we felt that style had [recently] been beaten over the head until it was almost lifeless. As such, we started experimenting with different tempos and rhythms [on the new album].
We have a lot of friends in the electronic music community (Humans are our best buds!).
We are working on an interactive web experience that will incorporate a few Young Empires songs and new music videos. Look for that in the next couple months.
Where: Commonwealth Bar & Stage – 731 10th Avenue SW
When: Saturday, May 21
Time: 6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. show
Cost: $18 in advance