Knowing a good thing when  they hear it, Tooth & Nail Records has  recently signed the San Jose, California based  band, I Am Empire. Already establishing their  fan-base by opening for bands like Flyleaf,  Sublime, Silversun Pickups and touring with The  Wedding, I Am Empire self-released their debut  album as well as their charted singles “You’re A  Fake” and “The Elevator.”  

“Tooth  & Nail Records is a strong iconic label  that gives us the vehicle and freedom to be the  kind of band we aspire to be,” shares I Am  Empire about signing to the label.

I Am  Empire formed in the summer of 2008 with members  Austin Lyons (vocals), Andrew Stanton (lead  guitar), Dan Otis (Guitar), Joshua Case  (bass/vocals) and Eric Martin (drums). The band  has recently finished tracking their Tooth &  Nail debut in Nashville, TN with producer Rob  Hawkins (Disciple, Fireflight).  The debut  release will be titled “Kings,” and includes 12  tracks as well as a co-write with Anberlin. More  information on this release as well as a street  date will be coming soon. I Am Empire’s sound is  described by frontman Austin Lyons as a “mix of  rock, alternative, and the DIY attitude.”  

Media have also been atrracted to I Am  Empire as they were named by Alternative  Press as one of the best-unsigned bands in  America.  They have also been featured on  AOL’s Spinner, Substream Magazine as  well as named “New Band To Watch” by LIVE105  radio station in San Fransisco.

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