Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to up and coming bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Timmy Ruzicka from Exit Empire.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
RUZICKA: We are Exit Empire from the Czech Republic, consisting of two brothers and their best friend. This band is completely new, but we’ve known Rafael (the singer) for five years, we’ve been in a previous band together and two years ago we left schools and started to learn audio production. Just to be able to create this band as we wanted it. You probably don’t know many bands from our country, and that’s basically what we want to change.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
RUZICKA: Linkin Park, Bring Me The Horizon, I See Stars. Both for their sound and the emotions we hear in their songs. But the list could go on and on, obviously. There are so many great bands and musicians that touched our heart, no matter the genre. The music we make today has been called post-hardcore, rock, emo, alternative, electro, you name it. Mainly, we focus on singable melodies and heavy riffs, with electro background for epic atmosphere that feels bigger than life. And chants! We love chants.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
RUZICKA: We released our debut self-titled album in October 2017. We incorporated our own personal journeys to those songs, focusing on feelings and emotions the listener gets from them. It’s such a reward after years of studying production to put the record out and hear positive reactions. Now we need as many people as possible to listen to it, so go check it out! Download it for free on our website http://exitempire.com/download
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
RUZICKA: Honest but explosive energy coming from the stage. Live shows are the absolute pinnacle of the artist-fan relationship, and we want to honor it as much as we can. That’s where our hearts lie, and that’s where we want everyone to sing with us. But since we are from the Czech Republic, we need help getting shows abroad! So don’t be afraid to hit us up on any social media.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
RUZICKA: We actually have a specific long-term goal for this time period – we want to play a show in the Wembley Stadium. It’s been a dream of ours for years, a simple visualisation of what we want this band to achieve. Is it too ambitious and a long shot? Maybe. But without the drive to touch the sky, there would be no stars.