Swanky Tiger - 'Empires' (album stream) (Premiere)

by Brice Ezell

5 January 2015

Comprised of sharp, hooky punk, Empires, the newest LP by the New York City punk band Swanky Tiger, balances pop smarts with guitar-diven aggression.

Following an eventful 2014 highlighted by performances at key New York City venues such as The Studio at Webster Hall, Tammany Hall, and Arlene’s Grocery, the young punk outfit Swanky Tiger is starting off the new year with the release of its newest studio offering, Empires. You can stream the album below.

One line in the tune “Glamorous” sounds a little like foreshadowing for this up-and-coming band: “If it’s fame you want / come and take it now”. By the sound of this track, and indeed the LP as a whole, Swanky Tiger is poising itself to do just that.
The band tells PopMatters more about the track “Glamorous”, which hints at many of the creative influences used throughout Empires: “With ‘Glamorous’ the initial idea was to play around with a Lana Del Rey sort of pop atmosphere, though obviously we’ve taken the whole job into heavier, more rollicking territory. The lyrical themes deal quite a bit with failure and the looming fear that one’s aspirations will backfire, which at the time of the song’s composition was a serious concern.”

Empires is out on 6 January.

Editor’s Note: This was initially published as a premiere of the song “Glamorous”, but has since been updated to include the whole album.

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