Empire Circus are a four piece Alt-rock band from Dublin, Ireland. Their influences range from Wilco, Beck, The National, The War on Drugs to R.E.M. and some early Peter Gabriel.
The band was formed in 2012 by the remaining members of the rock group Stand following their break up in 2010. After 11 years; several of which were spent in New York when the band relocated in 2000, 5 studio albums and thousands of shows between Europe & the US, it was time to call it quits
Before long they jumped back into recording and found themselves in the company of Bryce Goggin (Spacehog, Pavement, Joan As Policewoman, Evan Dando, Sean Lennon and more….)
In 2013 they released their self titled debut LP & followed it up with shows from Dublin to New York. Along with promoting the LP the band also released a handful of singles, videos and E.P’s.
The band released their second studio album, “Tí” on February 1, 2019. Recorded & mixed between New York & Dublin with producers Bryce Goggin & Gavin Glass (Lisa Hannigan, Young Folk, Villagers and more….), this is Empire Circus most mature and sonically rich album to date. Musically moving & lyrically fresh.
“Tí sparkles with verve & panache. Terrific stuff.” – 8.5 out of 10 – HotPress
“Whoever came up with the expression ‘never say die’ probably had Empire Circus in mind – through the years the Dublin band have never stopped delivering expertly crafted pop / rock that itself continues to surprise.” – Tony Clayton Lea – The Irish Times.
Supports: Nightfires/ Jimmy B & The Death Rattles/ Hunting Holly/ Calming River