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Two of Portland’s most respected bands are bringing new material to Empire tonight.
Hessian and Eldemur Krimm — who will share the stage with bay state rock ‘n’ rollers Heavy Necker — both have plans to release albums in 2015, and tonight is your chance to catch an earful of new stuff.
Hessian, who recently won our readers’ poll for 2014 Band of the Year, is playing two unrecorded tunes, including one that’s never been played live.
It’s a “cheery little number called ‘I Wish I Was Dead,'” explained singer/guitarist/fashion plate Angus McFarland.
“We also have a new set intro planned, which features a brand new riff from a song we haven’t finished yet, but it is too good to keep under wraps right now,” he said.
Hessian will also play “Hey Sister,” which the band debuted live at Geno’s late last year.
If you miss Hessian tonight, do not despair. The foursome will return to the stage April 24 at Asylum with Sunrunner and … wait for it … Maiden New England — an Iron Maiden cover band featuring a female lead singer.
“It’s gonna be a killer,” McFarland said of the April date. “Real heavy metal; tight pants abound.”
Hessian is also in the midst of planning two mini-tours for the spring: one in the midwest and one in the motherland: Scandinavia.
“(The) Europe details are still a little up in the air,” he said. “It’s not a ton of dates … like four or so, all in Scandinavia — Sweden, Denmark, Finland. The big one is the Muskelrock fest, which is such an amazing roster of bands. We are super stoked to bring what we do to a whole other world, it feels a bit like being cosmonauts.”
In Eldemur Krimm news, drummer Stefen Samuels said the band — which is now a three-piece — is playing a mix of new and old.
“(We) have been working on new songs for a new record. Hoping for completion around summertime,” Samuels said.
The tentative set times are Elder Krimm at 10; Heavy Necker at 11; and Hessian at midnight.
“(Tonight’s) show is very exciting for us,” McFarland said. “We have a long history with Krimm, and so much love and reverence for that band. And bringing Heavy Necker to Maine for the first time is an honor and a pleasure.”
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