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Indie Spotlight: THE FEDERAL EMPIRE

Posted in News on February 5, 2017

Although they’ve only just released their debut EP (The American Dream came out last October), it’s easy to see why Affinity Magazine labeled folk-pop trio The Federal Empire a “supergroup.” Lead singer Chad Wolf also fronts the multi-platinum–selling band Carolina Liar, McKay Stevens has been nominated for a GRAMMY (for Kascade’s 2013 dance hit “Atmosphere”) and guitarist Keith Varon plays with Angel’s Landing. (Another fun fact about Varon: He wrote “Can’t Breathe,” which was featured heavily on Laguna Beach.) The Federal Empire was founded, so to speak, after the three were hired to co-write songs for other bands, and realized their undeniable creative chemistry. Their first two singles have gotten plenty of love, appearing on Spotify playlists like New Music Friday. BuzzBands LA also wrote, “If ‘The American Dream’ isn’t the kind of outsized song that has big crowds waving their arms, maybe it’ll give people food for thought.” Wolf told Affinity that the group uses gang vocals not simply for style reasons, but also to send a deeper message of unity: “‘Cause we can all come together, with these songs, and look at these things, and point out, like, this is the American Dream, and we see it in different ways, but we can come together, we’re in this together.”

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