I Am Empire is back with an EP of never-before-heard songs from the Anchors sessions, plus a few acoustic versions of tunes from the Kings era.
Introduced with some classic harmonizing riffs, “Airwaves” is a welcome trip right back to the peak of guitar-driven rock. The zealous vocals of Austin Lyons are beautifully complemented by the guitar leads, all held together by the driving backdrop of drums and bass. “Airwaves” is a timeless anthem of persistence:
“Airwaves, fly me away You know who you are, don't ignore it Airwaves, fly me away I am who I am and I know what I want Don't say We have no way Don't say This is no way to survive”
“Clever Nightmare” is a straight-up pop-punk jam, complete with a signature Andrew Stanton guitar solo. Clever leads dance behind the celestial chorus while letting vocals take the stage during the verses. The lyrics are a battle cry of standing together against the darkness of dissension:
“Danger, Danger Makes an awful sound Danger, Danger Stick together now I think we owe this to ourselves What grace could save us from this hell?”
In a step away from I Am Empire’s usual guitar-heavy hard rock, “On A Rainy Sunday” is a pensive love song. The first verse is backed by an organ before the rest of the band joins in to add depth reminiscent of a worship tune.
Another Man’s Treasure finishes with refreshing acoustic takes of old favorites. “Foxhole” and “You’re a Fake” are stripped down to lead vocals and a rich acoustic guitar, showcasing emotion and talent that can only be conveyed in a minimalist setting.
I Am Empire has been missed throughout their several years of silence. This may not be a full-fledged comeback, but it’s equally exciting. Although recorded nearly a decade ago, Another Man’s Treasure reverberates perseverance, unity, and peace that inspires the strength to keep moving forward despite the somber atmosphere of 2020.