Sweetwater Brewery & OPNR Present: New Faces Night
New Faces Night is HI-FI’s monthly local music showcase featuring 3-4 up and coming bands, many of which are performing at HI-FI for their first time. Admission is $5 advance or $7 at the door.
Graham The Empire
Graham The Empire (GtE) is a three-piece alternative rock band from Indianapolis, delivering an electrifying sound with a modern edge.
The band’s roots began with frontman Graham Zebrasky, who immersed himself in pop music, rock, new age, and new wave at a young age. In 2017, Graham self-produced an EP, forming the Graham The Empire moniker. Legendary Producer Mark Needham (The Killers, Imagine Dragons, Fleetwood Mac) took an interest in their debut tracks and mixed Graham The Empire’s debut EP, to critical acclaim.
“With a legendary musical support system behind them and a knack for writing and crafting multi-dimensional songs, Graham the Empire are on their way to all good things.” –AXS
“Brace yourself. With just five songs to prove their worth, Graham The Empire waste no time vying for your heart’s attention and before you know it, you’re a minute into their debut EP, Rise, and falling in love.” – Shockwave Magazine
“[Rise] is sure to be a strong introduction by the alt/rock trio.” – Rock Cellar Magazine
“[Graham The Empire] remind you of the great pop rock bands of the ’70s and ’80s (Cheap Trick, The Babys), but there is so much more going on with these guys.” -Audio Fuzz
“The support for this local act was something incredible. Indy- pay attention to these guys!” -Kill The Music (Live Show Review)
Piercing dance rhythms are at the core of GtE. In 2017, Richard Crowe joined the band to add a distinctive style to the band’s rhythm section. Then, in 2018, multi-instrumentalist and EDM powerhouse Michael Reed (Frozen Turtle) joined the band to finally form the Graham The Empire trio.
Graham The Empire is a fantastical road trip, rife with invigorating riffs evoking a furious sound, twisting classic rock rhythms and infusing them with a modern electro-edge, dabbed with pop and EDM. Their music is a light of hope held out against long-forgotten woes, an exploration of body and mind, layering upbeat danceable vibes to a piercing, raw intensity.
Graham The Empire have released three singles “Nasty, “The Best Of Me”, and “Save Me” in support of their debut EP “Rise” released September 2017. They have recently performed at historic venues such as Cincinnati’s Woodward Theater, Indianapolis’ renowned “Radio Radio”, and Detroit’s “Tangent Art Gallery”.
The Band is currently on tour in 2018 and is in the process of recording a single for mid-2018 release and also are planning a music video release for “Nasty” in June, 2018.
There’s an authenticity of Indianapolis based Jake Schlegel’s vocals and the sharp observations that binds each of us his song beautifully. This is quite possibly the best evidence that he has been on this planet before. As somewhat of a veteran in the songwriting and performance area, Schlegel’s infectious, yet thought provoking songwriting is delighting audiences show after show. Schlegel’s debut album, East City Lights, has rapidly begun to cement him in the hearts and minds of Midwest music fans. The album contains an overarching theme that this life is series of journey’s. These songs are a breath of fresh air from a delightful unique, determined, and devoted songwriter.
I started taking guitar lessons at 8. Hated every minute of it other than the times I learned songs that I heard on the radio. I remember my first experiences singing in church with my grandparents. It was a conservative congregation that only allowed acapella hymns. The sound of vocal harmony was absolutely chilling.
I took a stab at writing when I was 12-13. I participated in talent shows, choir performances, musicals and plays. I started writing with a group in 2006. We wrote and recorded 2 albums. My experiences during that time really helped add fuel the fire I had for music.
I continued writing throughout college. I eventually found myself in a folk pop trio in 2011. This experience inspired me to continue writing and it became clear that I found refuge in it. This was around the time the song Parachute came about.
I moved to Indianapolis shortly college after to pursue other career endeavors and to focus on my music. I spent a lot of time writing about my experiences with adjusting to new phases in life and the pursuit of wholeness. In February 2013 I released my first solo EP called Parachute.
You must be 21+ years old to attend this show.