Cover bands and tribute bands.
They have their place, sure. It’s just, I don’t want to hear “Wagon Wheel” played ever, let alone three times in one night.
You can put that song right up there with the guy at the party who grabs an acoustic guitar and starts playing “Wonderwall.” Don’t be that guy.
Cover bands have to play what is popular, I get it.
Aside from cover bands, tribute bands have always been popular in this area as well. Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and Metallica all have local tribute bands that play shows very frequently. I’ve checked out a few over the years, and I see the allure. It’s just not for me unless you go full Star Wars with it.
Galactic Empire is a Star Wars-themed metal band that released their self-titled album on Rise Records that pays homage with adapted versions of John Williams‘ iconic Star Wars compositions and their tour with Mac Sabbath (yup, a McDonald’s themed Black Sabbath band that actually makes fun of McDonald’s) makes a stop at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster TONIGHT.
The Imperial March has never sounded more bad ass and these guys have been selling out venues across the US and the UK:
I tried to do a little research into who these guys really are. It turns out that Galactic Empire consists of some established metal gurus all from Pennsylvania.
Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland from Lancaster’s own Atrium Audio Studios, who produced Lancaster, Pa. metal gods August Burns Red (I think I’ve mentioned them before). Guitarists Josh Willis (Conquering Infinity/Unparalleled Height), Chris Kelly (Alustrium) and CJ Masciatonio (Unparalleled Height), bassist Carson Slovak (ArmsBendBack) and drummer Grant McFarland (This Or The Apocalypse).
So yes, the best Star Wars themed metal band in the world is based right in our backyard.
If you love Star Wars (and why wouldn’t you) or you love metal get yourself down to the Chameleon Club tonight for Galactic Empire and Mac Sabbath.