Empire of the Sun in NYC
By Miranda Chiechi
Empire of the Sun wrapped up their three night residency this weekend in New York at Webster Hall. This North American tour stretching from New York, to Texas, to California is celebrating the ten year anniversary of their debut album, Walking on a Dream. Australian electronic pop duo was nothing short of otherworldly. The band was equipped to deliver an amazing experience for their fans, with elaborate stage sets, eccentric costumes and the iconic headdress lead singer, Luke Steele, has been adorned in a majority of their album covers and during their live performances.
The show started off with a futuristic video and a dark stage which slowly lit up as band members strolled on to stage. The hall buzzed with anticipation. The moment Steele’s headdress came into view, the fans went wild. Empire of the Sun played all their big hits, like “Walking on a Dream,” and “Alive,” and lesser known gems like, “Swordfish Hotkiss Night,” which kept the crowd grooving and rocking all night long. Their last album came out in 2016, but the band released a re-issue of their first album this year complete with their new song “Chrysalis,” to celebrate the anniversary. In an interview about two years ago, the duo said they were starting work on their fourth album, so we can only hope Empire of the Sun will be releasing even more new music this coming year.
Steele finished their set before coming on stage for an encore by smashing his baby blue guitar on stage, leaving it in shards. Their 80s, rock, electronic, pop infused tunes delivered not just a show for New York, but an experience.