Young Empires can’t be accused of moving too quickly. The band coalesced first with bassist Jacob Palahnuk and guitarist Robert Aaron Ellingson, followed quickly by keyboardist Matthew Vlahovich, officially launching in late 2009. For the next two years, Young Empires played every conceivable opening slot and festival gig they could find. In 2011, drummer Taylor Hill joined Young Empires; the following year, they released their debut EP, Wake All My Youth, featuring the hit “White Doves,” which made the Top 10 of Sirius XM’s annual Top 50 songs. In 2013, Ellingson departed, leaving the band to record the just-released debut album The Gates as a keyboard-fronted trio. Based on the advance video for “So Cruel,” things are about to go faster for Young Empires.
YOU’LL DIG IT IF YOU DIG: Tears for Fears with visions of Muse grandeur. (BB)