Free The Empire, a band from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, offers nothing short of huge stage-dives and big jump-kicks. “Coming from Lancaster, I think we have a different way of doing things than most places,” said Josh Nichols, vocalist for the group. “Anyone who hasn’t lived under a rock for the past few years knows that this is primarily a metal town. However, I think everyone around here isn’t necessarily against pop-punk, change is just weird for people.”
Since their formation in 2009, despite metal’s seemingly overwhelming precedence in Lancaster, Free The Empire has never looked back. Josh’s writing and vocals work together flawlessly and in true pop-punk fashion, advocate making the most of your time here and living the life you want to live. Josh receives support from Alex Haus and Evan Moorehead, each on guitar. The pair offers catchy, intricate and rhythmic work on the guitar. Antonia Adiletta provides a powerful sound on the bass and Luke Mohr rounds out the band on the drums. Free The Empire released a EP in January of 2011 entitled, “Your Forever Is Only A Week”. “We recorded this during the span of 6 months and really had no idea what we were doing,” admits Josh, “and it certainly won’t go down us one of our more successful endeavors, but it was a definite experience to say the least.”
Since their EP, Free The Empire has been busy playing shows, writing, and recording. Most recently, on August 3, 2011, the group played alongside Carousel Kings, another Lancaster, pop-punk native. Josh starts, “Carousel Kings have a lot to do with our successes. They are the biggest name in pop-punk in our area and they’re all some of our greatest friends”. Free The Empire is currently in the studio, writing and recording new material which is sure to leave its’ listeners barreling towards the nearest couch to perform a DIY stage-dive or jump-kick for Merica’.
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