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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Tampa's Empire Cinema brings new thrill to post-punk aesthetic (Will's Pub)

Posted By on Sat, May 21, 2016 at 2:10 PM

THIS LITTLE UNDERGROUND
click to enlarge Empire Cinema at Will's Pub
  • Empire Cinema at Will's Pub
A recent homegrown lineup (May 19, Will’s Pub) was topped by noted Orlando indie names Pathos, Pathos and Reverist, who rocked my latest guest showcase at last month’s Florida Music Festival. But way down at the bottom of the bill was a nice find in Empire Cinema, who are apparently Tampa as fuck in their New Granada and Microgroove T-shirts. As post-punk revisionists in the bloodline of Interpol, their power comes from tall rock that’s all stiff drive and their mien from throbbing atmosphere. As faithful as they are to that dire aesthetic, they pack a little more thrill than many of their contemporaries. While others are content to haunt the room with gloom and theater, Empire Cinema often flex their capacity for throttle and gust, making them one of the more electrifying acts of their kind.
click to enlarge Empire Cinema at Will's Pub
  • Empire Cinema at Will's Pub
Also playing were the Knick-Knacks from nearby Melbourne, who could quickly be better with some tightening in both idea and playing. They play a lively blend of garage and ‘90s alt-rock even though some of their more nuanced undercurrents like chiming guitars and cooing singing were some of their most remarkable. If all those style goalposts are making you a little dizzy then you’re seeing my point about focus. But they got spirit and some solid blocks on which to build.

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