by / April 11th, 2011 /

Fred new album stream and launch party competition

Having brought you the excellent Heart Waves record from Sleep Thieves last week, we’re delighted to stream yet another fine Irish album in the shape of Leaving My Empire – the fourth long player from Fred. Recorded with Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire) at Montreal’s ‘Hotel2Tango studio and mixed by Ben Hillier (Elbow, Blur, Editors), the album sees the Cork band take their alternative pop template and twist it into a much darker, challenging sound. We think it suits them immensely.

Leaving My Empire is released on Friday and to celebrate the band are hosting a special launch party at Dublin’s Workman’s Club on Thursday night. We have five pairs of tickets to pass on to State readers, which you can lay your hands on by emailing us at While you do that, here’s the album…

Leaving My Empire by fredtheband