Empires is a band from Chicago, consisting of Tom Conrad (guitar)(formerly of The Academy Is), Max Steger (guitar) and Sean van Vleet (vocals). They were formed in 2007 and have since released two full length albums- Howl, (2008) and Garage Hymns (2012) and one EP, Bang (2010).They are very DIY, in that all their records to date have been mixed, engineered and produced by Max Steger and Tom Conrad is the one designing the album artwork.
- All Drummers Are Animals: Former drummer Ryan Luciani injured himself onstage several times.
- Bi the Way: Most of their romance songs are about women, but "Hell's Heroes" has a male lover as the subject.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Tom and Sean. They used to live together and reportedly came up with the name 'Empires' at the same time on opposite sides of Chicago.
- Stalker with a Crush: "I Want Blood".
- Your Cheating Heart: "My Poor Lover".