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released December 22, 2010

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Instant Empire Denver, Colorado

"Instant Empire ... does well emphasizing the "Rock" in indie rock" - PopMatters

"...anthemic tracks that ring with honesty and sincerity" - Reverb

"...like a less frantic sounding Conor Oberst fronting Desaparecidos." -Westword

"...like a Hold Steady album, if it were written and recorded by Death Cab for Cutie" -Marquee Magazine
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Track Name: Without Wires
Lyrics:
Jacqueline, can you hear me?
I've been speaking through the static in broken dots and dashes for days.
Sister, can you help me?
London has gone silent and things have been too quiet, it's strange.

Whoa, hold on! I’ll be back home before too long.

Are you out there? And receiving?
The continent it slumbers while random bursts of numbers betray.
In the darkness, they are waiting.
They target my position and listen for the give-away.

Whoa, hold on! I’ll be back home before too long.
Please, hold on! I don’t know if I am this strong?

And despite my best intentions
I’ve grown weary of this sentence
Cause it haunts me like a cancer
Those black eagles and their panthers
And the bombs are always falling
While the children’s cries are calling
And the axis keeps on spinning
But we are winning
God, forgive me for my sins . . .


Hold on! I’ll be back home before too long.
Please! Please! Hold on! I don’t know if I am this strong?
I’ll be back home before too long.
Jacqueline
Can you hear me?
Track Name: The Light and the Shadow
Lyrics:
A cloud passed under the sun
And I watched the hair on your arms
As the stood straight up
They looked like arrows drawn

We might, die tonight
But we won’t look back
We might, die tonight
But this train’s on track

There ain’t no crystal ball
Foresees our future’s path
It’s best not to get all involved
With things that aren’t meant to last

And it was a grand design
Built for you and I

We might, die tonight
But we won’t look back
We might, die tonight
But this train’s on track

Don’t blame the candle you hold
For lighting up the dark
Noah didn’t really have a choice
He had to build the ark!

So if you want more time
Better build a clock

Here the chimes singing tick, tick, tick, tick, tock
Track Name: Marco Polo
Lyrics:
I went walking around just the other night
Amongst all the houses and their well placed lights
And I promise I was doing nothing wrong
But my eyes wandered in kept me from moving along
And it seems we all have gone to such great lengths
To hide all our blemishes and accentuate our strengths

Kill – the feral
Bleach it till – it’s sterile

I saw silhouettes through the plantation shutters
I watched the wind lift a leaf up and put it in the gutter
And I had to admire all their manicured lawns
Yeah the cycle’s recycled and the people move on
And the wrought iron fences keep intruders at bay
But a fear surrounds us during the cold light of day

Kill – the feral
Bleach it till – it’s sterile


Marco (Polo)
Gonna search through the dark – all through the night
Oh, Marco (Polo)
Yeah our eyes are closed – but we can still feel the light

As I stood among the spoils of a mighty conquest
Beneath all the plunder was an emptiness
And the foot soldiers numbered several thousand strong
Ready to fight whether for right or for wrong
But the walls they are crumbling beneath this finished veneer
And when consequence comes calling may our conscience be clear

Kill – the feral
Bleach it till – it’s sterile

Marco (Polo)
Gonna search through the dark – all through the night
Oh, Marco (Polo)
Yeah our eyes are closed – but we can still feel the light