Iowa City’s Own Emperors Club Plays a Church? First United Methodist 4.27.13


IOWA CITY, Iowa (4.27.13) — The gospel according to rock?!?  What a weird venue . . . my thoughts when I heard about the show SCOPE productions put together with Iowa City natives Emperors Club opening for Best Coast last Saturday night at First United Methodist Church.  But there was no preaching or religious weirdness, just solid rock and roll and a feast for the eyes and ears.  Ben Franklin, drummer and former co-worker (small world shit), assured me when I arrived that this was going to be a treat.  He told me, and then later made it FB official, it was “. . . perhaps the best sounding stage I’ve ever played on!”  I couldn’t agree more.  Check out the images below, but first . . .

Here is What Other Smart Folks Say About the Band:

“…[Emperors Club] is trading in nimble, exuberant indie rock with a smattering of ’90s influences and enough hooks that the music could have come from any decade.” – Kevin Bronson, Buzzbands.LA

“…Their tunes are immediately infectious and danceable, but there’s still enough going on underneath the surface to warrant repeat listens. Exuberant harmonies, spiky guitars, and fantastic lovelorn lyrics make these guys a group I will definitely be keeping an eye on.” – The Milk Carton

“Check out the latest single from Iowa City’s Emperors Club – it’s a good one!” – The Indie Machine

On the surface, “Our Time” seems to be channeling a more American set of 90s influences…However…you realize that this is in fact the grittier, indier twin of McAlmont & Butler’s classic “Yes” – The Metaphorical Boat

“I cannot describe what makes me like this song that much; perhaps it is the mixture of the good moods emanating from it, punctuated by the raucous music itself.” – Deafening Silenc

“…a nice shot of unexpected Iowa power pop that sounds more Merseybeat than Midwest.” – Glam-Racket

“…Each instrument, beat, strum, pluck, serves the overarching piece without feeling too rudimentary or hackneyed. Like hitting a Mariano Rivera cutter, writing a tight pop ballad is a feat, my friends…” – Corn-Fed Critic


Here is What The Emperors Club Sounds Like


Here is What The Emperors Club Looks Like In Church

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