Crown the Empire is an American Post-Hardcore band formed in 2010 in Dallas, Texas. They have released one EP and two full-length albums, and have toured with acts such as We Came as Romans, Pierce the Veil, Attack Attack!, Issues, Like Moths to Flames, The Color Morale, Capture the Crown, Palisades, Asking Alexandria, and The Used.
Formation, Limitless & Signing to Rise Records (2010-2012):
Crown the Empire was formed in July 2010 by Andrew Velasquez, Austin Duncan, Hayden Tree, and Brandon Hoover during their time together at Colleyville Heritage High School. The band was formed when "Brandon and Austin decided to start jamming together." The band's ultimate goal was to "be heavier than most bands in their area," while "bringing huge, poppy choruses to a genre that can become pretty stale." Originally, drummer Alex Massey filled the drumming position in the band, but he was soon replaced by their current drummer, Brent Taddie in May 2011. During 2011, the members of Crown the Empire also held an extensive search for another guitarist to join their band. They soon welcomed Bennett Vogelman (Benn Suede) to the band as the new lead guitarist.
The band started recording their debut EP, Limitless, in 2011. Limitless was released on iTunes on November 29, 2011. It featured Denis Shaforostov of former Make Me Famous renown on the title track of the album and was well received by the metalcore community.
On December 5, 2011 the band released a behind the scenes look at the filming for the band's upcoming music video for their song, "Voices", from their recently released EP "Limitless". During the video the band announced the release date for the music video to be on December 11.
On December 11, 2011 as announced by the band premiered the music video for the song, "Voices", via their YouTube page.
On December 24, 2011 the band released their cover of the classic holiday song, "Let It Snow" and are streaming it on their YouTube page.
On December 31, 2011 the band released a video of the band acoustically performing the song, "Wake Me Up", from their EP, Limitless.
On January 17, 2012 the band announced their first US tour with A Skylit Drive. The tour will last from March 3 through 7th beginning in Arizona and ending in Arkansas.
On March 21, 2012 the band was rumored to have been signed by Rise Records after the label posted this statement on their Facebook page, "We're announcing a new band on Friday. Here's a hint, they are from Texas!". Shortly after Crown the Empire posted a statement of their own, "Big News coming by the end of the week. Any guesses what it might be?!".
On March 23, 2012 the band announced that they had in fact been signed by Rise Records in their "Viva La Rise!" video, along with the video the band released a free cover of the song, "Moves Like Jagger" in appreciation for support from their fans in helping get them signed.
Second Vocalist and The Fallout (2012-2013):
On April 2, 2012 the band released a teaser of new material via Facebook to give fans a taste of what they have been working on since their signing to Rise Records. On April 25 the band released another demo song on their Facebook page. The band would again release another teaser on July 29 this time with vocals present.
On May 18, 2012 the band was announced to support Pierce the Veil on their two week UK tour in September after the unveiling of their third LP, Collide with the Sky.
On August 26, 2012, the band announced that they have recruited an additional vocalist, David Escamilla, to share vocal responsibilities with Andy Leo. Along with the news of Escamilla joining the band, they announced that they will be heading into the studio with Joey Sturgis to begin recording their debut album. The band also announced that they would be releasing a teaser for the music video of the song, "Johnny Ringo" on September 2 and a new album coming out in November. On September 6, the band released the music video being the first release by the band with new vocalist David Escamilla
On August 27, 2012 the band was announced to be a part of Motionless in White's Infamous Tour beginning in early November along with fellow supporting acts Chelsea Grin, Stick to Your Guns and Upon This Dawning.
On September 2, 2012 the band released the teaser they announced which revealed that the music video for "Johnny Ringo" would be released on September 16. On September 5, the band released a behind the scenes look at footage from the video shoot for "Johnny Ringo".
On October 11, 2012 the band released a short studio update from their forthcoming album with an expected November release. On October 25, the band released the first single, "Makeshift Chemistry" from their upcoming album titled, "The Fallout", which is set for a November 20 release through Rise Records.
On November 5, 2012 the band released a statement announcing that they would be dropping off of the Infamous Tour stating in their message that "Unfortunately we will not be on The Infamous Tour this Fall due to scheduling issues. We're sorry to all of those who were coming out to the shows to see us perform and we hope you guys still go out to the shows to see all the other great bands" also stating "We have some HUGE things in the works :)."
On November 8, 2012 the band released the second song from their upcoming album, "Memories of a Broken Heart". On November 14, the band released part one of their two part extended music video beginning with the intro track, "Oh, Catastrophe". The following day the band released the second part of their extended music video with the title track of their upcoming album, "The Fallout". On November 15, 2012 the band streamed their debut album in its entirety five days before the official release of the album.
January 18, 2013 Rise Records announced their Spring Tour beginning in mid April to early May with fellow acts Like Moths to Flames, The Color Morale, Palisades and My Ticket Home.
On March 11, 2013 the band announced their first headling tour The Generation Tour kicking off on May 7 in Toledo, Ohio and wrapping up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on May 26 with supporting acts Capture the Crown, Palisades, Heartist and Famous Last Words. The band will also be playing South by South West Tour and then will be hitting the road in April with Like Moths to Flames.
On March 23, 2013 the band was announced to be playing Warped Tour 2013 along with fellow acts The Aquabats!, Gin Wigmore, New Beat Fund, Volumes, New Empire, The Cleopatra Complex, Driver Friendly, Bangups, and The Exposed. Later that day the band released a live version of their single, "Makeshift Chemistry". The following day the band released their own Warped Tour announcement.
On June 6, 2013 the band released a live version of the song, "Menace" from their debut album, The Fallout. On June 25, the band was announced to be joining Asking Alexandria on their headlining tour coinciding with the release of their new album, From Death to Destiny with fellow supporting acts Motionless in White and Upon a Burning Body. Also on June 25, the band announced that they would shooting a music video for a song from their 2012 debut album.
On August 2, 2013 the band released the last single from their debut album, "Memories of a Broken Heart."'
Crown The Empire will be performing at the 2014 "Vans Warped Tour"
The Fallout Reissue and The Resistance: Rise of The Runaways (2013-present):
The band plan to release a two disc reissue of The Fallout including a rerecording of their EP, Limitless, with David Escamilla providing vocals, on December 10, 2013.
On November 14, 2013 the band released a statement about the re-recording of their first EP, Limitless. The band stated that they "...re-recorded, we mean EVERYTHING was redone. Guitars, drums, production, vocals, etc. Andy and Dave are BOTH on it...". They also stated that the EP is in a completely different tuning.
On November 28, 2013 the band released the first single from the deluxe rerelease of The Fallout, "Breaking Point". The song is a rerecording of a song from their EP, Limitless, now with Escamilla handling all the non-singing vocals.
On November 28, 2013, it was announced that Crown the Empire would be going back into the studio "very soon" to begin their new album, which would release sometime in 2014. It has been described as not sounding anything like the Limitless EP, nor the re-recorded version of Limitless. However, they did say that it would sound like "The Fallout on crack" with "better melodies, better riffs, better everything!"
On January 15, 2014 it was announced by Vans Warped Tour that Crown The Empire would again be playing Warped this year.
On February 4, 2014 AltPress.com reported Crown The Empire's teasing of a new song from their forthcoming second LP. The site went on to clarify, "Crown The Empire entered the studio with producer Joey Sturgis (The Word Alive, Blessthefall) in January and have been recording their sophomore full-length album." No titles, song or otherwise, have been announced. Later it was confirmed that they entered the studio with Dan Korneff.
The band debuted two new songs at the 2014 Vans Warped Tour: MNSTR and Initiation. On June 19, 2014 Rise Records Released the song "Initiation" via their Youtube channel and in just 12 hours the song reached 53,000 views. The second single from the album "Bloodline" was released via their YouTube channel on June 26, 2014. Then the final single "Rise Of The Runaways" was released via their Youtube channel July 2, 2014.
On July 21, 2014 Crown The Empire won Alternative Press Magazine's award for best breakthrough band and their second album reached #1 on the iTunes Rock Charts. Then on July 22, 2014, the band released their second album "The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways", which debuted in its first week at #7 on the Billboard Top 200.
On July 24, 2014 the band announced their music video for the song "Machines" to be released the following day and in under 48 hours it got over 100,000 views.
On July 26, 2014 Crown The Empire announced their new headlining tour supported with Volumes, Secrets, Ice Nine Kills, and The Family Ruin which takes place on August 30, 2014 in Anaheim, California and ends on September 20, 2014 in Birmingham, Alabama.
Andrew "Andy Leo" Velasquez - lead vocals (2010-present); clean vocals and backing screams (2012-present); keyboards (2013-2014),
David Escamilla - unclean vocals (2012-present), rhythm guitar (2014-present),
Bennett "Benn Suede" Vogelman - lead guitar, backing vocals (2011-present),
Brandon Hoover - rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2010-present),
Hayden Tree - bass guitar (2011-present); lead guitar (2010-2011),
Brent Taddie - drums, percussion (2011-present),
Zac Johnson - unclean vocals (2011),
Brandon Shroyer - bass guitar (2010-2011),
Alex Massey - drums, percussion (2010-2011),
Austin Duncan - keyboards (2010-2012),
Brendan Barone (formerly of pop rock band Disco Curtis): the 7th "member" of Crown The Empire. Creative Director and Songwriter. Barone is the silent member of CTE, but plays a huge part in every facet of the band, from the songwriting and producing to the creative direction and vision. He also appeared on stage with the band in 2011, providing bass guitar and screamed vocals.
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