We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Empty Threat’s new song “Heliophobia” (listen below). The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming debut EP Shutdown Nowhere, which is scheduled to be released on October 6th.
The band comments on the song:
“The song tells the tale of a girl pushed to the edge by the torment from those around her. Ridiculed for her imperfections, she learns to hate everyone around her and becomes resentful towards herself for what she has become. However, if either party had simply taken the higher road and stepped above the hate – none of this would have happened. ‘Heliophobia’ refers to how people are afraid to seek the truth and light. They either shelter themselves away to ridicule or degrade others, or corrupt truths to use as a weapon. Sonically, this song is fast, tight, and punky. The music races and pauses only briefly to reflect upon the state the world is left in.”
Fusing punk, post-grunge, and prog rock, Mississauga, ON’s Empty Threat are an alternative band making noise in Ontario and Quebec playing shows routinely in Toronto, London, Montreal and more. Formed in 2011 by bassist Ryan Dobson and guitarist/singer Michael Roane, the duo acquired drummer David Jameson in 2014 and soon after they recruited second guitarist Matthew Roane to solidify their line up in 2015.
Shutdown Nowhere is their first professionally recorded release that they have teamed up with award winning producer/engineer/mixer Glen Robinson who is known for his work with such names as The Ramones, AC/DC, GWAR, Annihilator and Voivod.
Vocalist / guitarist Michael Roane comments:
“We are a young band, developing our style and pushing forward to provide a new sound experience. Most of the songs we have been working on for years – and have been through multiple edits and versions. This will be our first, legitimate attempt to introduce ourselves to the world – so we hope that fans will hear our songs and feel a slight familiarity to the genre, but will appreciate the unique touch we put in our songs – as we combine elements from multiple genres and use our effects to put a different perspective on old ideas. We also want people to know first and foremost our band is about creating passionate music that may resonate with other people. On the surface, we make music that has a carefully crafted intensity – like a chained beast tugging at the leash. For those who want to dig deeper, they see how this sound represents us, as people, and our struggles to reach our potential. We connect with our fans through these shared emotions.”
The forthcoming Shutdown Nowhere EP will feature six new crushing tracks full of introspective verse.
Roane adds “We aim to introduce ourselves by having a “new familiarity” feel to our songs. Veterans of rock and metal should be comfortable listening to our songs, but we aim to blend in elements that will surprise them.”
The band’s first single off the EP will be “Out of Sync”, a track that presents itself as an oddball grunge/punk/metal song that dances on its uneven cadence to capture the feeling of disconnect with oneself as described lyrically. Many other songs on the EP follow up in a similar fashion, capturing all sorts of different perspectives and emotions experienced.
Live, Empty Threat delivers a very high-energy and engaging show where they often improvise extended bridges and endings to songs to hype the crowd more. They like take the negativity and loathing present in their songs and ramp up the energy to full a powerful force that their fans can walk away with a memorable moment.