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Young Empires (formed in 2009) is a Worldbeat-infused Canadian rock band who are best known for their engrossing live shows and singles “White Doves” and “We Don’t Sleep Tonight”, hailing from Toronto, Canada.
Originally comprised of vocalist and keyboard player Matthew Vlahovich, bassist Jacob Palahnuk, and guitarist Robert Aaron Ellington, the lineup remained constant until the arrival of drummer Taylor Hill in late 2011. With a sound that has been compared to the electro of late The Killers releases, the dance of Cut Copy and Worldbeat percussion of Friendly Fires, Young Empires performed their first show in October 2009 with only a handful of songs to their name. The band soon gained momentum however by landing high-profile support slots, touring regularly, and consistently writing and recorded new material.
In early 2011 the band performed at the New-Catacoa Festival in Bogoto, Colombia, garnering the group an international audience, after which Young Empires played at The Juno Awards in March. Further shows at New York’s CMJ music week, Texas’ South by Southwest, as well as performances in Paris, Los Angeles, Stockholm, and London further cemented the group’s success and led them to sign with the independent label Pirates Blend Records later that year. Young Empires released their official debut single “Enter Through the Sun” in late 2011, followed by their debut EP “Wake All My Youth” in January 2012. The seven-track release, featuring production from Al-P of MSTRKRFT and Burke Reid, significantly increased the band’s reputation and was supported by extensive worldwide touring. The record’s subsequent singles included the iTunes Canada Rock Chart No. 2 “White Doves”, which earned regular rotation on Canadian radio, and the single “Why Don’t Sleep Tonight”, which rose to No. 30 on the Canadian Alt Chart.