Debut album ’Daydream’ merges soul, doo-wop, funk and indie rock.
Looking for the perfect song for your summer hijinks montage? It may be Empty Houses’ “Better of Me,” a bouncy, catchy song that’s packed with horns, handclaps and piano hooks. With singer Ali Shea’s full-bodied, sassy voice soaring over everything, all you need is a margarita, a pool and endless sunshine to complete the perfect summer day. The rest of the Detroit trio’s debut, Daydream, doesn’t disappoint, either. Alongside Adam Mercer and David Mackinder, Empty Houses captivates on all of its 10 tracks. Just call them the power pop trio.
Mercer talks to Myspace about their sound, how they got together and that time his grandma came to one of their shows.
Hometown and homebase:
How did you all meet? What made you want to form a band together?
We’ve been friends for a while and eventually realized we all love this kind of music and we decided we shouldn’t be not making it together.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
Our influences are constantly changing as we hear new music and discover new artists and sounds, but if I had to narrow it down I’d say Stevie Wonder and The Muppets.
How do you describe your music to someone who’s never heard you before?
If Aretha Franklin had a cousin who was kinda sad but also listened to the Beach Boys and decided to make an album in 2015 it might sound something like ours.Read more