I came across Empire of the Sun a few years ago while surfing the Internet. I was instantly intrigued by this group's sound and their look.
Many people compare them to the band MGMT. While both bands do groove on the fantasy/LSD trip vibe, I find Empire of the Sun to have a more polished electronic, ethereal sound while MGMT is more rockin'-60's psychedelic funk. I like both bands and I don't think it is fair to compare them (and I don't think that Empire is a rip off of MGMT).
If that didn't make a lick of sense to you, I apologize...but I have had that opinion for some time and it felt good to express it!
The two guys that make up Empire of the Sun, Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore, both have had successful music careers before they collaborated on this project: Luke Steele is the front man for the alternative rock group The Sleepy Jackson, while Littlemore is part of an electronic group called Pnau.
What strikes me about this band are their costumes and their videos which feature bright, vibrant colors. Luke Steele, the vocalist, plays the part of the "Emperor" with Littlemore being his loyal subject. Their videos are kind of trippy. But, like I said, they are colorful so quite enjoyable to watch!
I'm posting two of my favorite Empire of the Sun songs on here for you to enjoy: "Walking on a Dream" and "We are the People." If you have time, find some of their other videos on You Tube - they are so trippy!