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Southern Empire
« on: July 11, 2018, 02:32:07 AM »
Anyone else here heard of these guys? Australian band formed by ex-Unitopia keysman Sean Timms. First self-titled album was (and remains) absolutely stunning! And their second album Civilisation is due out on July 20th.

Hold, from the first album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExWUyBSntno
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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2018, 03:25:01 AM »
I have their debut and thought it was good.  But then I am an Aussie  :)
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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2018, 05:07:20 AM »
Love it / them. The Brige That Binds is so dean good!  Such a good album.

And I'm NOT Aussie.  :lol
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Re: Southern Empire
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2018, 07:30:18 AM »
Love it / them. The Brige That Binds is so dean good!  Such a good album.

And I'm NOT Aussie.  :lol

OH YES! It's AMAZING! And there's a slightly longer epic on the upcoming new album. I'm quite looking forward to hearing that.
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Re: Southern Empire
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2018, 09:15:48 PM »
The amount of Aussie bands Im hearing lately that I never knew exsited is alarming.

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Re: Southern Empire
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2018, 02:56:13 AM »
Pre-ordered the new album. (Hopefully) only 6 days to wait now. Although after the debacle around the Spock's Beard release, I'm a bit more wary now that the release could be pushed back at any moment.
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« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2018, 01:00:06 PM »
The physical release won't be with me until Tuesday, but I've got the digital version on my player now and...holy cow! What an album! I love the jazzy elements (solos for saxophones and violin, and bongos and whatnot). Also, it's none more prog. Guitarist Cam Blokland can play, man! Stunning solo at the end of the 19-minute Cries for the Lonely, and another one in the middle of the 29-minute The Crossroads. Danny LoPresto has a really soulful voice, with plenty of rock grittiness to it. Another fantastic album from a band that needs to be better-known. If you like your prog melodic with a bit of an edge, this band is for you.
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« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2018, 08:11:52 PM »
Just heard of this band and the samples of the new album sound really nice. I may pull the trigger on this one.

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« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2018, 06:55:31 AM »
This is a nice little find. I bought Civilisation and am really enjoying it after three listens.  I'll check have to check out the first record.  This should be right up the alley of anyone who likes prog rock.

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« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2018, 07:19:09 AM »
This is a nice little find. I bought Civilisation and am really enjoying it after three listens.  I'll check have to check out the first record.  This should be right up the alley of anyone who likes prog rock.

I saw a review that described them as "the epic structure of Transatlantic, the lithe complexity of Yes, the grandiosity of Rush, and the catchy modern sheen of Haken".  I likened their first album to Flower Kings/SB when I first heard it.  Not surprised at all that you're digging them.  Definitely pick up their s/t.  It is completely appropriate to describe the 28-minute The Bridge That Binds as "epic"
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Re: Southern Empire
« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2018, 08:11:16 AM »
Listened to them on Progstreaming and it was an auto buy.
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« Reply #11 on: August 04, 2018, 08:40:07 AM »
This is a nice little find. I bought Civilisation and am really enjoying it after three listens.  I'll check have to check out the first record.  This should be right up the alley of anyone who likes prog rock.

I saw a review that described them as "the epic structure of Transatlantic, the lithe complexity of Yes, the grandiosity of Rush, and the catchy modern sheen of Haken".  I likened their first album to Flower Kings/SB when I first heard it.  Not surprised at all that you're digging them.  Definitely pick up their s/t.  It is completely appropriate to describe the 28-minute The Bridge That Binds as "epic"

Sounds good!  It is definitely one I plan on picking up soon. 

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« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2018, 06:09:37 AM »
The Crossroads is  :hefdaddy :hefdaddy.

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Re: Southern Empire
« Reply #13 on: August 06, 2018, 12:24:59 AM »
Cries for the Lonely is stunning! Probably my favourite track of the year so far.
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« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2018, 06:34:31 PM »
Cries for the Lonely is definitely pretty outstanding as well.  And I love the little piano breakdown near the end of Innocence & Fortune.

Going go to work on the debut album here soon...

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« Reply #15 on: August 07, 2018, 06:36:14 PM »
Kev, you pulled a me! :lol

This album is killer.
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« Reply #17 on: August 07, 2018, 06:59:03 PM »
Going go to work.....
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« Reply #18 on: August 07, 2018, 07:00:43 PM »
Damn it. I didn't even catch that. :lol :facepalm:

I think it's clear that this band is a fan of IQ.  Some of their vocal melodies are very IQ-ish.

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« Reply #19 on: August 07, 2018, 07:12:07 PM »
But they are so diverse in their music.  Btw, I'm seeing IQ for the 1st time in October.
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« Reply #20 on: August 07, 2018, 07:15:12 PM »
I didn't even know they were still around.  I remember liking a few songs from Subterranea, but then I was bored by Dark Matter, which most seemed to rave about, and that is where I stopped.

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« Reply #21 on: August 07, 2018, 07:18:54 PM »
Their last 2 albums are stellar.  Check them out.  I'm meeting up with,

Nick
Jingle Boy
Lonestar
DTVT
Spent
Axeman


Epic meet up in NJ.
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« Reply #22 on: August 07, 2018, 07:44:35 PM »
Nice. Although epic and NJ going together seems...odd. :P

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« Reply #23 on: August 07, 2018, 07:47:11 PM »
 :lol

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