Gathered from right across Dublin City, from Finglas to The Liberties to Tallaght, Red Empire have existed since the start of 2009, but in truth the real story of the band started much earlier than this. It was in 2007 that Richie, Dessie, Deco and other early members enlisted the help of their friend and mentor Aslan’s Joe Jewell to begin recording what they thought would be the early stages of their debut album. These recording sessions, although full of real promise and quality, were complicated by a number of personnel issues within the group. Parallel to this process Craig and Gar were busy pursuing their own well-established musical partnership under a number of different guises. Although, this too promised much and showed real quality, by late 2008 Craig and Gar had begun to look around for likeminded musicians whom they could begin to collaborate with.
And so it occurred that at the start of 2009 Craig, Richie, Gar, Dessie and Deco were brought around a table by their friend Joe and agreed, through a meeting of minds and personalities, that they would begin to work together as Red Empire. Things began to happen quickly for the band as they gelled together effectively within a short space of time. The band began to write and produce songs with a singular and distinctive verve and the relationships within the band began to blossom both personally and professionally. The recording sessions as a five-piece now seemed easier and more fluent and the band began to show a real swagger and confidence while on stage.
Combining eclectic musical backgrounds and a shared love for honest well-crafted song writing Craig, Richie, Gar, Dessie and Deco began to relax into their roles and appreciate the way in which they, as five very different individuals and musicians, complimented each other so well.