Song of the Week: Alive

Gabriel Joseph, Writer

Featured Song: Alive

Artist: Empire of the Sun

Members:  Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore

Similar Artists: Miike Snow, Passion Pit, MGMT

Upcoming Local Shows: None

Bio: Hailing from Sydney, Australia, the band Empire of the Sun debuted with their first album, Walking on a Dream, in 2008. The band is composed of two members; the duo of Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore who met in 2000, but only officially joined together to form the band in 2007. Both of the members are native Australians and bring a unique style and sound to their music which is exclusive to their group. The lead singer, Luke Steele, has a very unique nasally voice which is both smooth and melodic, and infused with his own native Australian accent. His voice is truly a unique sound to behold.

The band’s genre would most likely be electronic alternative as their music heavily relies on both guitar riffs and synthesizers working in harmony to create exceptional sounds. The song “Alive”, which is the subject of this week’s spotlight, is a great example and archetype of their work and style.

One of the wildest things this band is known for is their eccentric and imaginative music videos, which have millions of views on YouTube. The costumes and makeup of Luke Steele are really the centerpiece of each video and captivate the viewer. Filled with crazy visuals, great music, and artistic settings, every one of their music videos are truly masterpieces in their own right.   

Sadly this band went fairly unnoticed in America, only really topping charts in Australia and the United Kingdom throughout the beginning years of their formation. But funny enough, this band’s popularity skyrocketed in America when the Honda company featured two of their songs in their Civic commercials. American consumers flocked to the band and their songs spread across the nation boosting their notoriety. “Walking on a Dream”, was 8 years old by the time it was used but still hit the hearts and ears of Americans strong. The song finally led to U.S. chart breakthrough for the band, peaking at Number 3 on Billboard’s Alternative music charts, topping the dance music charts, and peaking at #40 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart.

The band is still making music to this day and put out their newest album this year, called Two Vines, and their newest singles being, High and Low and To Her Door.

If you are a fan of electronic or alternative music, or even both, I thouroughly encourage you to check out this amazing band. Hopefully their music will be playing for years to come.