Empire of the Sun brings its beautiful sound and vision to Coachella and L.A.


“Nick started talking about this concept of nature starting to overtake the buildings in the cities in the future, and that sort of developed the whole ‘Two Vines’ concept,” Steele says.Appropriate for its title and themes, much of the new album was recorded in Hawaii, with guest musicians and songwriters that included Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac, Wendy Melvoin of Prince’s band the Revolution, as well as pianist Henry Hey and bassist Tim Lefebvre who’d played with the late David Bowie on his final two albums, “The Next Day” and “Blackstar,” respectively.
I’m not worthy!’“I grabbed her by the hand and said, ‘Katy, you are worthy!’ She said it was a spiritual experience.” “I remember coming off stage and Katy Perry walked up to me backstage and dropped to the floor and said, ‘I’m not worthy! It’s been six years since Empire of the Sun made its Coachella debut, and though the Australian electronic rock group returns to the desert fest for its third time this year singer-guitarist Luke Steele still sounds jazzed by the reception he and band mate Nick Littlemore earned on the Outdoor Stage in 2011.“That was so wild,” Steele says.
I was there too, and Katy was right: It was magic when Empire of the Sun arrived on stage looking like they’d beamed in from some other dimension, their costumes made of fur and feathers and leather and bone, a troupe of dancers gyrating as Steele and Littlemore and the other players set a course for a musical journey of peace and love and nostalgia for a future yet to come.Empire of the Sun, which will also play the Shrine Expo Hall on Wednesday, April 19, between its Friday sets at Coachella, released its third album, “Two Vines,” in the fall, a record inspired by the idea of nature taking over urbanity in time.
“Nick and I always have a really organic way of working. “I don’t know how he acquired this place but he was growing all of these vegetables and exotic flowers. “It’s funny,” Steele says by phone from Los Angeles where he and Littlemore both now live. We pick up things along the way on our travels and it’s seeping into our consciousness.”The seeds for “Two Vines” were planted while the duo were working on 2013’s “Ice On The Dune,” Steele says.“Nick was in Manhattan and I think he was the only guy in New York, in the East Village, who had a giant backyard,” he says.