Bipolar Empire launch their debut album ‘Feel That You Own It’ April 28th in The Workmans Club
For Dublin band Bipolar Empire, the release of their debut album ‘Feel That You Own It’ can’t come quick enough. Not that they are in any rush – patience has always been a part of their make-up, despite the date of birth on their passports. It’s that patience, combined with a never say die work ethic that has seen them grow and develop into a stunning live act – and it all began in a field in Co Kildare.
Amidst the euphoric haze of Oxegen 2007, in a mud-laden field in Punchestown, three young Dublin musicians decided to band together and try their hands at forming a popular musical group that might one day aspire to greatness. All hailing from the Dublin suburb of Tallaght, supersonic warbler Shane O’Reilly was joined by horizontally laid back bassist Joe Leech and drumming dynamo Callum Mc Adam. And so it was to pass, Bipolar Empire was born.
Their stylistic folk infused rock’n’roll, delivered with genuine raw passion and boundless energy, began to draw the attention of young music connoisseurs and as the live shows developed into a tighter, more intense experience, so the Bipolar Empire fanbase began to blossom. In 2009, the band got a lucky break and managed to wrangle a trip to the US to work with legendary music producer, Pat McCarthy (REM, Madonna, U2, Counting Crows…). The lads packed their bags and sunscreen and headed to Los Angeles to record their debut album. Impressed by the bands vast reserve of songs (the band had thirty tracks written and ready to record), McCarthy spent the first few days helping the band to whittle the tracks down. Working tirelessly and making the most of their time in the US, Bipolar Empire played numerous gigs including turns at the iconic Continental Club and the world famous Whiskey A Go-Go before heading to Austin, Texas, to perform at industry showcase South x Southwest.
Fast forward to April 2011, and the release of their second single and title track from the album ‘Feel That You Own It’. The band enlisted the help of legendary director Kevin Godley (U2, Blur) to shoot the video video. They decided to focus on the uplifting and positive vibe of the track and approached Irish Champion boxer Katie Taylor to take part.
Speaking on the video, Kevin Godley says; ‘On screen Bipolar Empire and Katie Taylor symbolise a young and forgotten generation venting their anger and frustration against the system that created the mess Ireland is in right now. It’s rooted here because the music grew here but it mirrors the bigger picture of global upheaval currently playing out on the streets of Egypt, Tunisia, and Iran etc. It also looks beyond the fight to the triumph of dreams and goals over fear and apathy and suggests a positive force for change. Both the song and video for ‘Feel That You Own It’ are trying to spread that positive message.