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Mission Statement

by Custom Built Empire

San Francisco based Math Rock
Genre: Rock: Math Rock
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1. Andreas
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2. Relentless
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3. Flutter
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4. Power Point
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5. Mission Statement
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6. Colors
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7. Robi
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8. Waking Sleep
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Album Notes
CBE follows their own unique schema, rarely writing songs in standard 4/4 time signature. Additionally, the band is proud of it’s hobby roots, understanding that the songs are not catered for the masses, and that fame and notoriety will be fully unrequited. In the end it’s all about continuing to play music and CBE striving to craft songs that all of the members like.

Custom Built Empire (CBE) is part of the H.I.T. Wall Music community, a 2nd wave response to the Downtown Rehearsal closure in 2000.

Liner Notes--
Recorded at Hit Wall Studios in South San Francisco “The Industrial City”; Engineered by Mat Strickland; Produced by Mat Strickland and Custom Built Empire, Mastered at Hit Wall Studios by Mat Strickland; Record Manufactured by Pirate Press in San Francisco “The City”. All songs are the property of Custom Built Empire and may not be used or listened to without exclusive permission from Custom Built Empire without a deluge of law suits. Custom Built Empire listened to the following songs for mixing reference: Tool - Eulogy, Rosetta Stone, Lateralus; Tom Petty - Saving Grace; Iron Maiden - Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner; Metallica - Enter Sandman; Counting Crows - Miami; The Black Crows - A Wiser Time; Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning.


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roland p

lend your ears!
A cohesive collection of songs that (fortunately) get stuck in your head. Interesting arrangements use a driving rhythm section and ethereal guitar work. Honest lyrics express some of the anxieties and hopes of our times, and can be sung along to. Glad to have found this.

Commodity Dave

After ten years together, Custom Built Empire (CBE) has finally released a record (literally), and while the album title Mission Statement is certainly appropriate for an 8-song EP, a more appropriate title might be “Finally Grows Up.” For while ten years is a long time to make your music available to the masses, CBE has finally put together a great sounding record that encompasses everything they love: delivering crunchy rock for however long they damn well please.

CBE falls squarely in the genre of “thinking man’s rock,” reveling in odd time signatures and extended song lengths familiar to fans of Tool and Mastadon. The dual guitar attack build solid walls on which to stack interesting melodies with lyrics about unusual people and their bad habits (my favorite song, "Robi," is about a crippling Robitussen addiction – bet you haven’t heard a song about that before). But the key appeal of CBE is the bass and drums; for fans of rocking rhythm section, CBE is not to be missed.

Songs like Flutter, Relentless, and Waking Sleep highlight incredible bass/drums interplay that is thoughtful, powerful and locked-in like the best of them. If your favorite part Tool, Queens of the Stone Age, Mastadon or any other complicated hard rock band is the rhythm section; if you are, like me, always in search of a bass/drums combo that “gets it” by providing unique and challenging grooves; if you’re looking for a rocking San Francisco band to support (when they play their annual gig) – then CBE is a great addition to your music collection.

In the final analysis, the record sounds great all around, and is meant to be turned up. The Hit Wall Studio recording has a great professional sound that does not disappoint. That matched with a band that finally delivers the goods it has been promising for ten years means that Mission Statement is definitely worth the investment. Pick it up, turn it up, rock out.


Great record
Fresh and original, catchy but not monotonous. Well crafted songs and excellent musicianship. Rockin' !
Highly recommended.