Empty Lungs

Story

Managing to capture the angst and protest spirit of punk rock and blend it with hooks and melody more akin to the indie rock and powerpop of the 90’s,  Empty Lungs have an energy and determination second to none. Then again when you grow up in Belfast, Northern Ireland at the tail end of a bitter and divisive 35 year conflict, grit and determination to create something positive and unique are instilled in you.

Formed in late 2011 by vocalist/guitarist and songwriter Kev Jones they’ve released a string of EP’s, singles and 7 inches all receiving support and airplay from BBC RADIO 1 and BBC RADIO ULSTER.

When you live on a small Island on the edge of Europe and you want to play a ton of rock shows there’s only one thing to do and that’s get in the van and go. That’s exactly what they’ve done. Hitting the DIY circuits in UK, Europe and US the band have managed to share the stage with a host of acts along the way including:

JAPANDROIDS, ALKALINE TRIO, THE SUBWAYS, DEAD TO ME, AUGUSTINES, LEMURIA, THE FLATLINERS, JEFF ROSENSTOCK, FRANZ NICOLAY.

Things have been far from straight forward for Empty Lungs. As well as the usual struggles of losing members, losing jobs and facing the financial strain of DIY touring there have been some more unusual setbacks. In 2013 Kev Jones found himself climbing out of a 2nd floor window in the midst of a house fire that (after nearly killing him) left him homeless 2 weeks before the band’s first European tour. Cancelling was never an option and during that tour a bond was forged between members Mykie Rowan (Drums/Vocals),  Conor Langan (Bass Vocals) and Kev Jones and the determination to put every drop of energy into doing what they love was bolstered.

In 2014 Empty Lungs were the first ever Irish band to play the THE FEST in Gainesville, Florida and have returned 3 years in a row, touring the east coast several times in the process.

The tail end of 2016 seen the band become the first European artist to sign with Canadian based label Hidden Pony Records. Their ‘Don’t Get It’ EP is planned for release on March 10th, 2017. The record was recorded by long time friend Rocky O’Reilly(And So I Watch You From Afar, Oppenheimer)  in Start Together Studios, Belfast. The first 2 tracks were mixed by Gus Van Go and Werner F (Said The Whale, Wintersleep) and the 3rd by Jesse Gander (Japandroids, White Lung).

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Media

Press

05-03-2017

Great reviews of the new The Flatliners LP and Empty Lungs EP at Jersey Beat!

04-07-2017

Check out the new video from Empty Lungs at DyingScene.com!

04-07-2017

Fantastic review of the new Empty Lungs EP at Louder Than War Magazine!

03-31-2017

The new Empty Lungs video for ‘Losing It. Finding It.’ premiered at PureVolume.com today!

03-17-2017

Get caught with new videos from Billy Moon and Empty Lungs at Live4ever Media!

03-17-2017

Watch the new video from Empty Lungs at PureGrainAudio.com. Album is out today on Hidden Pony Records. Happy release day!

03-17-2017

New Empty Lungs EP is streaming at Northern Transmissions! Out tomorrow everywhere on Hidden Pony Records.

03-17-2017

Check out the new Empty Lungs video at ThePunkSite.com!

03-17-2017

Amazing review of the new Empty Lungs video at SoundChips! New EP out this Friday on Hidden Pony Records!

03-17-2017

New Empty Lungs video for ‘Don’t Get It’ is premiering with Punktastic today!

02-27-2017

Here the first single from Empty Lungs new EP at DyingScene.com!

02-27-2017

Hear the new Empty Lungs single ‘Don’t Get It’ at PureGrainAudio.com!

02-27-2017

Music from Empty Lungs and The Dirty Nil at Write.Click.Cook.Listen Blog

02-27-2017

Empty Lungs new single one of the 13 songs you need to hear at Alternative Press!

02-27-2017

PREMIERE! First track from the new Empty Lungs EP can be heard at New Noise Magazine. Out March 10th on Hidden Pony Records!