EMPIRE: Vol. II-Expansive Sound: CD

Finally! At long last, more songs from the post Generation X outfit on CD. Although this had been available via MP3s for awhile, I was jonesing for a hard product. And the fine folks at PPP deliver. There are five different band lineups to wade through here, but it is well worth it. The mainstays here are Bob “Derwood” Andrews and Mark Laff on guitar and drums, respectively. Twenty-one songs: outtakes, demos and live tracks. Great postpunk guitar work from Andrews makes this a must-have. I can’t wait for the Andrews autobiography. Maybe we can get some Empire reunion shows to celebrate? Only time will tell.

 –koepenick (Poorly Packaged Products)