Bands to Watch #55: Empire of the Sun

By on Wednesday, 17th December 2008 at 10:48 am

Empire of the Sun - We Are the PeopleThis week, I’d like to introduce Empire of the Sun. The Australian duo consist of Luke Steele, frontman of The Sleepy Jackson and Nick Littlemore of Pnau. Littlemore also used to be a member of Teenager alongside fellow-Aussie, Ladyhawke (who we told you about a few weeks back).

Enough about their past antics, however, as I am here to tell you about the guys’ current project which has gained them a BBC Sound of 2009 nomination. Empire of the Sun’s mystical electronica sounds are simply sublime. Their colourful synths are set to take you on a wondrous journey through time and space. Empire of the Sun are both nostalgic yet incredibly futuristic and alien all at once. Their exotic nature is captured perfectly in the fantastical Walking On A Dream video, which you can check out here.


Walking On A Dream, which was released as a single earlier this year, was a particular success in the band’s home country, reaching the top 20. Empire of the Sun’s hugely anticipated album of the same name, is set to be released in the U.K early in 2009.

It’s unsurprising that comparisons have been drawn between the duo and Brooklyn-band MGMT. If you were a fan of Oracular Spectacular, then I definitely recommend you check out these guys. Other influences I hear pulsating from Empire of the Sun’s sci-fi beats include Prince and Scissor Sisters. Certainly a colourful mixture and certainly an exciting band. Empire of the Sun are ones to look out for next year.

Empire of the Sun’s debut album We Are The People is released in the UK on February 9th 2009. Pre-order it from Amazon here.

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3 Responses

[…] we first introduced you to Empire of the Sun in December we tipped them for big things. They’ve started getting absolutely massive recently, popping […]

6:39 pm
19th February 2009

ive accidently discovered empire of the sun recently an they have just blown me away i mean WOW! fantastic i bought their album and my fav track is we are the people i just cant get enough ov them ive spread the word about them to every1..and the feedback is all the same fantastic WE WANT MORE !

4:03 pm
9th June 2009

I have just brought the album “WALKING ON A DREAM” & I have to say its one of the best albums I have heard in eons ………. fabulous ,love the vid to cant wait to hear more of this band in the future BRILLIANT.

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