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Expansive Sound, Vol.II

by Empire

Part two from the 'obscure' igniters of Emo, 21 delicious soon to be classics, very expansive sounds...
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1. What's Everyone On About
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2. Family Affair
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3. Inside You
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4. Girls Around the World
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5. Tender Child
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6. Love Is Out of Fashion
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7. Revolution
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8. Easy Life (NE)
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9. Closer
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10. Hot Seat 06
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11. Empire (demo)
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12. Electric Guitar (demo)
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13. Mood Control (NE)
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14. Stand (NE)
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15. Enough of the Same (NE)
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16. Only For A Moment
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17. Down On Your Knees
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18. It Took Years
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19. The Boxer
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20. Means of Anything
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21. Love Is Out of Fashion (live)
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Album Notes
Empire volume 11 – Expansive Sound

I gotta kick this off with a correction...Empire never issued
vinyl on any US label my bad (see debut CD for mistake)! Ok that's out
of the way. Who'dve believed after 2003's "Expensive sound" CD - 21 more
Derwood Andrews (and friends) chestnuts were in the vaults? As a way of saying
thanks to some very very enthusiastic emails that poured-in in the aftermath of it's release - we present the "Expansive sound" CD. About the CD
2 more tunes are off the original demo Mark and Derwood (doing double duty on bass & guitar) made prior to the session that constituted the bulk of the "Expensive sound" LP - the same session yielded the version of "Turn
it round" as appears on the "Expensive sound" LP (and then the 2003 CD that
took that LP and added 11 bonus tracks). Many of the tracks here feature only
Derwood from the "Expensive sound" LP days who found himself in a morphing ensemble that ended up working under the name "New Empire" - a band that
gigged out between 1982 & early 1984 it's (who did what where) all explained in the packaging. Several of the New Empire cuts appearing here are
re-arrangements of "Expensive sound" Lp era material. Further fun...both tracks got pulled from the vinyl 12" that New Empire released good luck finding a copy. 2 tracks appear from a gig at Dingwalls in London on January 3 1984 including a live rendition of the A-side off that same 12". J. G.
Marklund hooked us up with those live cuts nice guy. Babel introduces track 20 Means of anything with this ones for Sarah (His girlfriend at the time) - She is now the First Lady of the United Kingdom. Would you expect less from a British Empire. At the same gig Sabiea one of the band's exuberant associates came up to provide the female vocal bits for Love. Eddi Reader sings backing vocals on Girls around the World if you’re wondering about the other lady on this disk.

So back in 2003 part of the Empire tale was told. And I don't want to steal any thunder from Derwood's upcoming autobiog. We'll briefly retread & add to the Empire story. Der quits Generation X Mark Laff gets booted
both team up shortly ending up in a kitchen with Simon hoping to find a proper singer composing some instrumentals including "Empire". Eventually Der realizing he's stuck doing vocal duty more tunes end up with lyrics band does 4 gigs Ian replaces Simon who in turn is replaced by Gregovich then FINALLY a quality singer comes on board from Miles Over Matter & 4 piece does their first gig on 29th July 1982. By February '83 Mark bails so Babel's Miles Over Matter drummer comes in & this line up gigs ‘til 1984 when opening for John Miles (he had one of Jethro Tull's drummers in the band) Derwood pulls the ultimate fuck this shit & goes home.
Take note that a few months prior - New Empire much to their own shock pulled
really big crowds in places like Barcelona Madrid and Valencia - convinced England's hottest new sensation had picked Spain's name out of a hat
of places to sail to - hear "The Boxer" from that jaunt. So band folds. The legend & influence of Empire proceeds to ferment for 20 years in some very unexpected pockets.

As of 2010 "Expensive sound" CD from '03 is still available from us directly OR our great aides in the struggle Dischord for the USA & Japan (amongst other parts unknown) AND Detour/Bin Liner in England. Also CD Baby and the usual digital platforms, I-tunes etc. I'm very sure you'll embrace this follow up with open ears and if this is your introduction seek out the other disk. Kudos to Dan from Monument for doing up an Empire myspace tribute site (friend it already at: myspace.com/expensivesound ).
Maximum acknowledgements to Steve at Happy Room for his contributions soundwise, our friends at Blue House in Silver Spring for final mastering on
both digital Empire offerings & and Paul for work on graphics on both disks. Others are owed thanks people who've helped the members of Empire in
various aspects of their continuing lives & works...you know who you are..
.take a bow. Derwood Laff Gregovich Crispin Bernal & Babel are
all doing various music now & again these days don't be shy poking your
head in on their projects. Peace out.

Sean Randolph



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Harold Grey

Great discovery
As a fan of UK punk pioneers Generation X, I always felt that Derwood Andrews guitar playing, especially on songs such as Wild Youth, Youth, Youth Youth, and Running with the Boss Sound, was the most interesting thing about the short-lived foursome. Andrews may claim at times to have been a Paul Kossoff-wannabe, but like Mick Jones on the first Clash album, I am struck by how he brought the group a unique, sonic, reckless identity. I was in a small record shop on Second Ave. in Manhattan in 1981 or so when I spied a non-descript slice of vinyl, Expensive Sound, from a group called Empire. Slapped on the sleeve was a sticker: "featuring Laff and Andrews of Generation X." I snapped it up and rushed home to play it. I was fascinated. The same creative guitar playing, subdued, unforced vocals, and melodies that I found myself singing for days afterward. The entire album seemed very honest and inspired--no peroxide here--which I think is why the original Empire album became embedded in the minds of a whole segment of post-punk music listeners. Now we have Vol. II and fans of the original album will be pleased. The first 5 or 6 original songs, including a great take on Sly Stone's Family Affair that rivals Magazine's take on Thank You (Fallettinme...), sound like they could have been written around the same time as the first Empire album, and once again, these memorable tunes stay long after your first listen. There are also a few demo versions of songs from the first album that demonstrate the untapped creative wave that Idol/James overlooked. The rest of Vol. II features a mix of new and old songs (including some live versions) recorded by New Empire, which featured Babel Wallace on vocals (and minus Mark Laff on drums). If you are a fan of Andrews or the heady post-punk years that produced a wide range of compelling and great music, then pick this one up. It's also my way of saying "thank you" to Andrews, whose music inspired, comforted, challenged, accompanied and motivated me at many different stages in my life.

The EMPIRE Archivist

EMPIRE return, better than ever!
This compilation covers the NEW EMPIRE phase (1983-1984) of the band, and it is packed with fantastic, outstanding material.
I created a website for the UK band EMPIRE filled with news, infos, images and much more:


Don't miss it, thank you!

Bob R

Just found the origianl LP
I just found the original album at a thrift store last week. Passed it up 4 times before I looked at it because it looked like a bogus 12". But, I looked at the year and knew it should be good. Unfortunately, it has a nasty scratch on the last song on side 1. Otherwise, it's in great shape - all for 99 cents! But, it blew me away and it has become one of my favorite albums that I somehow never knew about. So, when I saw it on CD, I thought I better get it even though I don't pay more than $1 for CDs nowadays. These 2 must be special. I can't wait.