In the Summer 2019 edition of the Jazz In Europe magazine, we published a feature on UK band Empirical. At the time of the interview, the band was preparing to embark on a US tour that would see them perform at the Rochester Jazz Festival in upstate New York, the Edmonton Jazz Festival in Canada before returning to the U.S. for some club dates at Dizzy’s in New York City. The band then travelled to Washington DC where they closed out the tour at Rhizome.
In May the band released part two of a double EP-set titled ‘Distraction Tactics’. This current EP follows the 2018 release of “Indifference Culture” that formed part one of the set. Both of these releases have a political undertone and is described by the band as a “musical response to the culture wars and political upheaval that have become the ‘new normal’ of the world in 2018.”
The video featured here was recorded live at Dizzy’s Club in New York City on 26th June 2019. The track titled Celestial Being was written by drummer Shaney Forbes and is included in part one of the double EP “Indifference Culture”.
Nathaniel Facey — Alto Saxophone | Lewis Wright — Vibraphone | Tom Farmer – Double Bass | Shaney Forbes – Drums
Video by Steve Brickman @ Brickman studios | Audio Mixed by Lewis Wright
Produced by Empirical
With thanks to Marco Panascia and Joel Chapman.
You can read our feature on Empirical here. More information on the band can be found on their website.
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Last modified: March 9, 2023