Souls Extolled with Fair City Fire, Sunrise Police
at Empire Control Room 9/12
☞: 18+ w/ $5 cash minor surcharge at the door
◆ Souls Extolled ◆
Souls Extolled is a blast of groovy hard rock fusing generations of influences from Black Sabbath, to Nirvana, Sublime, and The Strokes. The dirty blend of the self-described “degenerate rock band” is provocative yet familiar. Accents of ska and grunge revolve around an indie-rock core accompanied by gritty and debaucherous lyrics. The three-piece band looks the part of a liquor store robbery, often blacked out with hoods up, buttoned up flannels, or an occasional bandanna. Even so, the band’s songs are dripping with existential angst. With their intense vibe nostalgic of a time when rockers were disheveled and pissed off, they're an explosive exhibition of modern rock music!
In late 2018 singer/songwriter and guitarist Zach Black recruited bassist JP Ortiz and drummer Joe Valadez for several of his acoustic guitar-based gigs in downtown Austin. Across a few months of gigging together the band discovered a mutual love for rock music. When Black spontaneously brought an electric guitar to a February rehearsal and the trio jammed, they immediately agreed to take the project in that direction. Only days later the band made their debut as Souls Extolled, and began burning through Austin's live music scene.
The band dropped their first single "Release" on May 17th at the Townsend in downtown Austin, and their second single "Garden of Eden" on the 4th of July with a music video and celebration show the following Saturday at the Historic Scoot Inn. In August the band will drop their third single "The Restless Kind", and will perform the 17th at Swan Dive and the 31st at a boat party on Lake Travis. Finally, in September they will release their inaugural album "Follow the Ghosts" at Empire Control Room, followed by their first regional tour.
“When they see Souls Extolled, I don’t want them to say we were the tightest or the most talented. I want them to say we would have burned the fucking stage down if we could have.”
- Zach Black
◆ Sunrise Police ◆
Sunrise Police is a up beat electronic hip-hop alternative trio that pushes the boundaries of electronic instrumentation with full live band aspects. The groups simple goal was to take the most popular sounds coming from main stream music festivals such as Bonnaroo, Hangout festival, ACL, etc. and create a new sound that embodies everything that you would hear at a modern day music festival. They do this by successfully fusing elements of Electronica, EDM, Hip Hop, and Alternative music.
◆ Fair City Fire ◆
Formed in 2014, Fair City Fire is a groove-oriented, in-your-face Rock and Roll band out of Austin, TX. Their sound is marked by tasteful guitar work, driving rhythm section, and powerhouse vocals that command attention. The band has a history of successful local performances, including such at Austin staples as Antone's, Stubbs, Mohawk and Empire Control Room.
In March of 2015, FCF released the “Say It Loud” EP. In support of it, they hit the road for an East Coast/Midwest tour, traveling to New York and back. In 2016, they followed up with their first full length album “The Simple Truth”. The supporting tour lead them to an expanded list of cities including Dallas, Nashville, Indianapolis, Chicago, Columbus, Cleveland, Binghamton, NYC, Charlotte, Atlanta and Houston. 2016, also found them the recipient of the Austin Music Foundation’s Artist of the Month for August.
Fair City Fire has seen their sound and fan base grow more than ever in 2017. The expansive “Radio Attack Tour” put the band in cities both familiar and new in support of their single “Attack”. The second annual “Too Damn Hot Affair”, a charity concert event created and hosted by the band, put them in front of an impressive crowd at the legendary Antone's in August 2017. The recent release of their newest single, “No Promises”, caps off what has been a busy summer. FCF also features interviews of some of the best Austin musicians on their very own “Say It Loud Podcast” a few times a month. They released their second full length album, Shake Your Bones, April 13, 2018 with a national tour performing in 17 cities all over the US. Fair City Fire recently wrapped up their 5th National Tour to promote the release of the single "Simple Stupid," which you can find on all major streaming platforms.View Map