Empire of the Sun

If anything definitive could ever be said about Empire of the Sun, and their musical prowess, it is that they know how to put on an extraordinary show. While the Australian duo have, up until the past three months, been on a recording hiatus they have managed to keep many devoted fans content with their sporadic touring (whether it be within the festival circuit or more exclusively through select headlining dates around the world). One of those dates fell this past weekend in Denver at the Fillmore Auditorium, and it was billed as a triple threat–with Holy Ghost! and St. Lucia paving the way.

To describe Empire of the Sun’s music as electronic synthpop would be a total underestimation of their raw sound; if anything, it transcends the genre, creating an altogether indescribably enchanting experience. Their sophomore album, Ice on the Dune (2013, Capitol Records), received ubiquitous praise from critics and fans alike and the duo continue their career highlighting their debut album Walking on a Dream (2008, Capitol Records) which brought them their international success. Aside from bringing tunes from both albums to their show, Empire of the Sun showcases what few other bands are capable of doing–a stunning visual display. The display seamlessly incorporates costumes, lights, and props, in ways that engage and enthrall the audience (so much so, that Empire of the Sun has gained a cult-like following of fans who come adorned in make-up and/or costume in support of the spectacle). There is little to be left to the imagination as the duo cast their spell, lead singer Luke Steele leading the enchantment. It is nearly impossible to leave an Empire of the Sun show disappointed, and those that were not fans before surely leave as converts. Simply put, it is one live act not to be missed.

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