In December 2017, Swedish alternative/progressive hard rock trio We Could Build An Empire are back with the follow-up to their 2011 eponymous debut. On the new album, called In This Place the band have worked with reknowned producer Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Katatonia, Witchcraft) as well as producer Zed Smon. Zed most famously worked with the biggest pop rock band inside Sweden, Kent on their major breakthrough albums during the years 1997-2002.
The aim for the new album was to make every track stand out as a great song on it’s own, carefully produced and mixed to match the vibe and the lyrics of each one. This is why it took some extra time to finish the album, the band patiently waiting until very busy producer Jens Bogren had time to mix the final three songs.
Bassist/vocalist Marcus Pehrsson shares his thoughts on the new album: “I guess we have to a great extent stuck with our influences and that’s still a little bit of everything we like really, all the great music we love from Tool, Soundgarden and Radiohead to AC/DC, PJ Harvey and King Crimson. Music to me should be without boundaries. Just let it flow, any path it takes really, that’s what our music is about. We like it diverse, like an old Led Zeppelin or Beatles album in that sense… whatever happened to that idea?”
For the new album, the band signed with their fellow Scandinavians at Denmark’s Mighty Music. The first single from the album, All In This Together – watch the lyric video below- will be out on October 27th, with the new album In This Place set to follow on December 8th 2017.
We Could Build An Empire are:
Marcus Pehrsson: Lead vocals / bass
Pat Wallin: Guitars / backing vocals
Michael Ohlsson: Drums / percussion
Marcus and Pat have a common history in progressive rock/metal act Last Laugh which released Meet Us Where We Are Today on Record Heaven Records in 1997. Marcus was also in space/psychedelic rock band darXtar from 1994, releasing four full-length albums; Sju (Black Widow Records 1995), Tombola (Record Heaven Records, 2001), We Came Too Late (Nasoni Records, 2005) and Aged To Perfection (Transubstans Records, 2011). DarXtar are also known for their collaborations with Hawkwind legend Nik Turner, performing as his live band during Nik’s two solo gigs in Sweden 1995 and 1998. Michael is one of the songwriters and the producer behind swedish electro/synth act Massiv Ångest. In 2010 they released their digital album Det Nya Svarta.