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15. I Am Empire – San Jose

 LIVE 105S TOP 20 BAY AREA BANDS OF 2011South Bay bred 5-piece I AM EMPIRE had quite a memorable 2011 campaign indeed. Not only did the boys headline the local band stage at BFD 2011 over the summer, cultivate a rabid fanbase and receive regular airplay on the Radio Soundcheck show, but they also landed a record deal with the very reputable independent label TOOTH AND NAIL RECORDS, which released their debut album KINGS.

  • Barb Rocks

    Good list though bummed Pounders didn’t make it.

  • Stephen

    No love for Pounders or The Relay Company huh… damn. Seems odd, when TRC won alot of those “best of the south bay, best of the bay, polls” that you guys had going a few months ago… Good list though. Limousines are definitely killin’ it right now.

  • Sam Smith

    The Parade of Santa Clara, California! They Should be on this list! :]

  • Jean

    Agree! Its a good list, all this bands and some of them are really interesting new bands. Personally I think New Diplomat is the one that is a step ahead because they are mixing a power trio rock formation with synthesizers/computers and samplers. That makes them different in my opinion. There are not too many bands at this moment that can offer that kind of sound live. Good job guys. Its always a pleasure to find a band with a non conventional sound.
    I saw you guys at the Rickshaw stop and you guys Freaking kill it!!!

  • Ry

    My request would be for Live 105 to use it’s HD 2 signal to play local and other indie bands that don’t get played much on the primary side. Using it for Classic Live 105 is pointless. Everyone has the Cure’s (et al) records already. Let’s hear the new stuff!!!

  • Ray

    The hypnotic sound of Seeking Empire. KEEP ROCKING NIKI, WE GOT YOUR BACK ON GUAM!!!!!!

  • Gabriel

    My mom made one of these for my daughter for her 3rd biartdhy. So cute and clever! She loves it so much more than her actual memory game.

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