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Empath goes far beyond the sound of birds faintly chirping. They're a band that
writes songs like com-muning with nature, bringing all their fuzzed and tripped
out idiosyncrasies into harmony. Empath began in 2016 when Garrett Koloski,
Emily "Jem" Shanahan, and Catherine Elicson moved into a house in West
Philadelphia together, with Randall Coon joining shortly after. Even with the
simple vision to shred, there's a natural sensitivity in the way Empath
communicates. Between the contrast of Elicson's lush, almost delicate vocals,
Koloski's boisterous drumming, and the half-harmonious wash of guitar and
Shanahan and Coon's synths, Empath equips us with a healthy dose of emotional
The noise punk band broke onto the national scene with the release of Liberating
Guilt and Fear EP with renowned DIV Philly punk label Get Better Records in
2018 which drew praise from Pitchfork, NPR, FADER, Rolling Stone and more,
being compared to acts such as Broken Social Scene, Sonic Youth, Times New
Viking, New Age and Priests. The lead single "The Eye" was deemed "Best New
Track" by Pitchfork and Empath was tagged as a rising artist in the US indie
music scene.
Over the course of 2019 Empath cemented themselves as one of the buzziest
emerging bands in indie music, being heralded as "America's most inventive
young psychedelic band" by Rolling Stone Maga-zine. They also garnered more
support from Pitchfork, FADER, Stereogum, NPR and more around "Soft Shape"
and "Hanging Out of Cars," the two standout singles from Active Listening: Night
on Earth LP. Their last single "Roses That Cry" received the "Best New Track"
title from Pitchfork. Upon releas-ing the debut LP it received rave reviews from
the top music publications in the world; being called "a noise pop gern" and
given a 3.5/5 stars by Rolling Stone Magazine and receiving an 8.0 from
After cultivating great success at the grass roots level Empath is ready to take
the next step into their meteoritic rise with indie taste-maker Fat Possum
Records. With the new global support of Fat Possum Records, Empath will be
reissuing both Active Listening: Night on Earth LP and Liberating Guilt and Fear
EP as a special edition duel-release with Get Better Records and taking to the
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