Denver’s Instant Empire recently released its sophomore EP, Heavy Hollow. On the new EP, the band went for a huge, wide-open sound—and succeeded. The new release is filled with big, arena-ready tracks, so it makes sense that the group has drawn favorable comparisons to Death Cab For Cutie.
The first track on the EP, “Counting Backwards,” weaves a tale about a woman who doesn’t have the life she envisioned when she was younger. The slow-building song is infectiously catchy and anthemic, with shouts of “Hooray! Hooray!” acting as a glorious climax. We recently talked with singer/guitarist Scotty Saunders about the EP. See what he has to say about the recording process, as well as the lyrical themes on “Counting Backwards.”