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Gathered from across Dublin City, from Finglas to The Liberties to Tallaght, Red Empire have been together since the start of 2009. However, the real story of the band started much earlier than this. It was in 2008 that Richie, Dessie, Deco and other early members enlisted the help of their friend and mentor, Joe Jewell (Aslan) to begin recording the early stages of their debut album.
These recording sessions, although full of real promise and quality, were complicated by a number of personnel issues within the group. Parallel to this process Craig and Gar, who coincidentally also knew Joe, were busy pursuing their own well established musical partnership under a number of different guises. Although this partnership also promised much and showed real quality, by late 2009 Craig and Gar thought it was time to look for like-minded musicians with whom they could collaborate.
At the start of 2009, Craig, Richie, Gar, Dessie and Deco were brought together by their mutual friend Joe and agreed, through a meeting of minds and personalities, that they would begin to work together as Red Empire. Things began to happen quickly for the band as the natural chemistry within the band started to take effect. Together, the band began to write songs with a singular and distinctive verve. The relationships within the band also began to blossom both personally and professionally. The recording sessions as a five-piece became more enjoyable and the band, as one unit, began to show a togetherness and confidence while performing on stage.
Combining earthy musical backgrounds and a shared love for honest well - crafted songs, the lads began to combine their song-writing strengths and relax into their roles as members of Red Empire. Understanding the way five very different individuals and musicians can complement each other so well, the band, with Joe having taken on the role of producer, have just completed their debut E.P, containing the tracks, 'Hotel', 'Denial' and 'Strange Philosophy'. Red Empire released their debut E.P. on the 18th February following a launch gig in The Village, Wexford Street, Dublin.