They've released a myriad of singles and a few EPs over the years, but the project made up of Chad Wolfe and McKay Stevens, The Federal Empire, just dropped their debut LP, Road Through Hell. There's a lot of music that's been heard over the past couple of years, but there's also just a lot of awesome music to listen to here and it's immediately worth checking out.
The coolest thing about The Federal Empire is that they have a sonic identity. You hear a lot of bands that sound like other bands. That's not the case with The Federal Empire. They have a very distinct sound. That's partly due to the Wolfe's vocal but it's also because of the absolutely filthy blues guitar featured throughout the record. Their identity sonically sets the stage for everything else they do perfectly. The other big element with this sonic identity is the production. It's so specifically styled in a way to lend itself to syncs and other business models in 2020, but if you think about it, that's a bit of an achievement too. I don't think there's another group of people that could pull off that kind of specific project direction that's done here.
The sound is one thing, but this record wouldn't be what it is without the songwriting prowess of Wolfe and Stevens. These songs are crafted excruciatingly well on every level from people who really know> about writing music. The melodies are all outstanding and the flow of everything border perfection. From a lyric standpoint are they as good? Probably not. If you're looking for something with a lot of layers to think about your self-worth at 2AM you're probably not finding it here. Just because these are fun songs doesn't mean they're bad. They're just fun. There's something cool about bigass melodies in group choruses that really can't be reflective. When you listen to The Federal Empire you're probably not after that brand of music anyway.
There are twelve awesome songs here and this is easy to put a ranking on this to put it in our essential category. This group is one of our new favorites and they're worth checking out. This album is a great listen to throw on and get lost in some awesome hooks. Go and check it out now.