- 14 Feb 19
They’re one of the most intriguing alt-rock bands in Ireland, but it took Empire Circus six long years to create their new album Tí. Guitarist and songwriter David Walsh talks about finding their sound (without being Spinal Tap-y), and what it took to get the music right.
David Walsh is the first to admit that he never foresaw Empire Circus making another album, and he’s not shy about admitting it.
Following the break-up of Stand – the Dublin-based rock group who always seemed to simmer below the surface of the music world during the ‘00s – David Walsh and three other members of that band formed Empire Circus in 2011. Their debut album came, inauspiciously, two years later.
“We were very sporadic with how we made that album,” David admits. “It was bits and bobs. There was no focus with it – it lacked direction.” In the years that followed that album’s release, David and his fellow band members set up Pure Music, a music school in Baldonnell. Empire Circus would’ve played together every so often, but plans were never laid for album number two.