After a temporary pause, Philadelphia-based noise-punk band Empath’s debut LP ‘Active Listening: Night on Earth’ will be out on May 3rd exclusively via Get Better Records! Over the past year, Empath has become one of the buzziest emerging bands in indie music, being heralded as “America’s most inventive young psychedelic band” by Rolling Stone Magazine in their latest print issue. They’ve also garnered support from Pitchfork, FADER, Stereogum, NPR and more around Soft Shape and Hanging Out of Cars, the two standout singles they’ve released from this upcoming record.
The band have shared their latest single Roses That Cry. Take a listen via Bandcamp below.
Empath goes far beyond the sound of birds faintly chirping. They’re a band that writes songs like communing with nature, bringing all their fuzzed and tripped out idiosyncrasies into harmony. Empath began in 2016 when Garrett Koloski, Em Shanahan, and Catherine Elicson moved into a house in West Philadelphia together, with Randall Coon joining shortly after. Even with the simple vision to shred, there’s a natural sensitivity in the way Empath communicates. Between the contrast of Elicson’s lush, almost delicate vocals, Koloski’s boisterous drumming, and the half-harmonious wash of guitar and Shanahan and Coon’s synths, Empath equips us with a healthy dose of emotional repose.