“FOR EXAMPLE”, the new promotional video from EMPiRE, give us a good look at the six-person lineup. To recap, YUiNA is out, MAHO & MiKiNA are in. Maybe it’s the experience, but the group certainly looks more cohesive on this latest piece of film. Dressed in colorful red and blue accented leopard skins, EMPiRE dance in sync and frolic recklessly. Given the number of solo shots and focus, I feel like I have a better grasp on the once monotoned group of girls. Singing in front of a drummer’s paradise, EMPiRE look as though they give the performance of a lifetime: confetti pours over in waves, pyrotechnics light up the stage, and the girls give hair flips galore. The music doesn’t fit those drum kits: electronic grooves pound a four beat rhythm more suitable for a dance track than the double-kick drum. The spacious arrangement doesn’t particularly feel new, but EMPiRE seems revitalized by the sound and the additions, which seems odd considering the newness of the group. EMPiRE’s “THE EMPiRE STRiKES START!!” got an official release on April 11, 2018.
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