The Boston boys are back and their energy is contagious! Four-piece rock band Empire Street has been rocking from Boston to New York City, playing sold out shows for over a year now. Jim “Sippo” Cipollini, Mike “Fitz” Fitzmaurice, Dennis Walsh, and Mike Delaney have put on amazing live shows all over the United States. Their energy is infectious and translates through the crowd, easily turning any wallflower into a dancing machine!
After releasing their self titled EP Empire Street in 2012, the band had several of their hit tracks such as “Freak Out” and “Get Up” gain national attention. They licensed their songs for use on Lifetime's House of Versace as well as ESPN for their show, Mint Condition. Empire Street began working on a new EP in the summer of 2013 working in pre-production for their highly anticipated full length record in Nashville, TN. There, they worked with esteemed producer/singer/songwriter, Marti Frederiksen, who has also worked with eminent artists the likes of Aerosmith, Carrie Underwood and Gavin Rossdale.
After much anticipation, Empire Street recently released the first fruit of their labour — their new single, “When My Heart Bleeds”. The song does not disappoint: it is another energetic hit with amazing vocals and a dance-able beat.
To find out more about Empire Street and the inspiration behind the new single, I interviewed the band's lead guitarist and background vocalist, Mike “Fitz” Fitzmaurice.
How would you describe the sound of your band?
Unique! We get this question a lot and it's always a tough one! We all have such different tastes in music and style; I think that's what makes Empire Street sound like Empire Street!
Do you guys have any pre-show rituals?
Hmm... I think we all just make sure we don't drink too much! [Laughs] Performing live is very important to us and we do our best to be on top of our game in that department!
How was the songwriting process for "When My Heart Bleeds" like? Any inspiration behind the song?
Funny you ask... I was working on a hip-hop style beat just for fun when Sippo came over to work on vocals for a song we started writing in Nashville. He immediately dug what I was doing and the rest is history!
Empire Street is known for your electric, energetic live shows, what is something you'd like for fans who haven't yet seen you guys perform live know about your performances?
Just that we give it our all every night and live to play shows. Our music can be very fun to dance to and I think we do a decent job of pulling that off live.
What can we expect next from Empire Street?
World domination! No, we are hard at work to keep writing new songs and want to get tons and tons of new material out to the world for people to enjoy! We would love to tour the world though. I think playing a different city night after night is every bands dream.
What would you say is the band’s biggest accomplishment so far?
I'd have to say signing a publishing deal with Round Hill Music. They have opened so many doors for us; from getting a phone call from Steven Tyler [Aerosmith] to writing songs in Nashville with Marti Frederiksen... We are forever grateful to be a part of Round Hill Music!
Where do you do the majority of your recording?
Man... we have recorded at so many different studios over the years! I have recently been building my own home studio here in Boston so we can do almost everything here now! Our new single "When My Heart Bleeds" was done here!
Catch the contagious energy for yourself if you're in NYC — Empire Street will be playing at The Bitter End in New York City on November 9!
Photo credits: Jessica Moilanen, Empire Street / Facebook