Members: Emily Schambra, Tony Tintari, Neeraj Kane, Geoff Reu, Jay Jancetic
The collective musical kinship of guitarist Kane, guitarist Jay Jancetic (ex-Arma Angelus), bassist Geoff Reu (Killing Tree), and drummer Tony Tintari (ex-Rise Against, Shai Hulud), started toward the end of 2003 merely based on an idea and, after months of jamming, discussion and refinement, the project has blossomed into a melodic flower equally stunning in harmony as it is in perfect syncopation.
Most recent to the band is the arrival of the stellar vocalist, Emily Schambra (Long Distance Runner), who's controlled, classically trained vocals help bring the project full circle. Schambra, who learned to channel the hymns and harmonies of Mozart at a very young age, adds the final touches to her crew's well-layered musical soiree's, which in terms of sheer beauty rank high among present day chanteuses.
While many insist the underground music scene has grown stagnant over the past several years, Holy Roman Empire is dead-set on leaving its mark on the art-form. Drawing upon influences as wide-ranging as Coldplay, Sunny Day Real Estate, The Cure and Quicksand, Holy Roman Empire harkens back to the grandiose and ebullient sounds of all of the aforementioned genre-definers, while managing to chisel its own niche into such fine company. Judging by the sound of the first creations in what is likely to be a long and fruitful musical kinship, Holy Roman Empire's potential and attitude seem limitless.
And for the record, one can rest assured that the "no limits" ethos Holy Roman Empire espouses is no joke. Each and every member of this outfit is a veteran of touring with countless miles spent in vans and venues across each and every part of the country. Based on the passion the members have for their musical outlet, live performances will, once again, be as constant as the group's penchant for fine-tuning its consistently unique soundscapes.
"We all know what kind of work it takes to get our music out to people," Kane sincerely states. "We've all toured and recorded many times before, and we know that's what it takes to find our audience. We believe in this band more than anything else we've done and we just want to share our musical vision with others."
Currently, Holy Roman Empire is working on material for an upcoming full-length for release in 2005. If the demos are any indication of what is to come, chances are this group's moniker will soon be a name echoed loudly amongst the circles of music fans across the nation.
While many might say the sky is the limit for this troupe of dedicated musicians, Holy Roman Empire hopes to shoot right past those expectations and straight toward the stratosphere of galaxies directly beyond.