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Empath’s stellar noise pop is a shimmering genre collage, cut with zig-zag scissors and pasted with a super-sized tube of glitter glue. The Philadelphian quartet’s forward thinking tunes continue to sound refreshing as ever on “Active Listening: Night on Earth”, dilating the infectious atmosphere of last year’s Liberating Guilt and Fear. Key cuts like the jolting opener “Soft Shape” and hands-down highlight “Roses that Cry” stitch synth bass and distorted samples, crooning vocals and inescapable melodies. It’s a slapdash scramble to “Rodeo Fever,” the stunning dream pop closer for Empath’s very solid debut release.


Catherine Elicson : vocals and guitar
Emily Shanahan : Keys
Randall Coon : Keys
Garrett Koloski : DrumsReleased May 3rd, 2019 Get Better Records,


The very foundation of Empath is enough to guarantee some buzz. Formed by members of All Dogs and Perfect Pussy, the band of schooled DIY punks quietly released their two-song debut Crystal Reality way back in 2016, but it wasn’t until this year that they were able to commit to the project more seriously. Their breakthrough tape, Liberating Guilt And Fear, channels the pop punk and hardcore that fueled their previous projects, but there’s a candy-colored sheen to these songs that glimmers beneath scuzzy production. It’s a promising start for a band predestined to turn heads.

Empath is Catherine Elicson, Garrett Koloski, Emily Shanahan, and Randall Coon