It seems as though Cymbals Eat Guitars are no more; their Twitter bio now reads "2007-2017" - sad news indeed. This pain is assuaged by the fact that band leader Joe D'Agostino has announced his new solo project, Empty Country, which will be releasing music through the excellent Tiny Engines label. While we're told not to expect an album until early 2020, we have been gifted two tracks from the project, which are both superb.

The A-side of the digital single is 'Ultrasound', a song which can boast the vocal contributions of Charles Bissell (from The Wrens), something that is quite a feat. Joe says on 'Ultrasound':

"My sister-in-law Robin was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in the summer of 2015. She is now NED (No Evidence of Disease!) and has been for more than three years. But whenever my wife Rachel goes in for her biannual examination and has imaging done, we are always pretty on-edge, to say the least. This song is about a bleak and scary week in January 2018 while we were waiting on a biopsy report following a suspicious-looking ultrasound. It features two of my heroes: Rachel on the high harmony and Charles Bissell of The Wrens on the low harmony."

The flip side is 'Jets', which he simply says is "about tripping acid on Block Island in the Summer of 2018, and about the end of civilized society. FDT!”

The two new tracks don't stray too far from the electricity of his former project, and show that Empty Country is a project brimming with potential. We get two sides of D'Agostino, both of which are familiar to CEG fans. On 'Ultrasound' we have the ripping, breakneck, fear-inducing rock that speaks to his frenetic and paranoid mind. It rips along at an unbelievable pace and is a pure thrill. With 'Jets' we have a more sombre, piano-imbued track, which finds him crawling the walls of his mind with weird thoughts - mostly revolving around his hatred of the president.

Check out both tracks below.

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