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With a new James Bond film imminent, Northampton rock quartet Empyre have announced the release of a new 007-inspired single.

The band have covered You Know My Name, the theme song to Casino Royale, which was written by Chris Cornell and David Arnold. It will be out on March 6, just a few weeks before the 25th Bond film, No Time To Die, hits cinemas.   

You Know My Name follows an extremely successful 2019 for Empyre, which saw the band release the critically acclaimed debut album Self Aware.

Empyre frontman Henrik Steenholdt commented: “This cover is simply a combination of two of my favourite things: James Bond and Seattle Grunge. I’ve been a James Bond fan since I was eight-years-old, I’ve seen all the films, read all the books, and I even had a CD rack of the soundtracks and assorted versions of Bond music in my bedroom.

“Seattle grunge in the 90s and in particular the vocalists Eddie Vedder and Chris Cornell inspired me to start singing. So back in 2006 when they finally got to make the first book of the James Bond series Casino Royale into a film and Chris Cornell performed the theme song you can perhaps imagine how elated I was. However, oddly, it wasn’t even my idea to cover this song, it was our old drummer Jack’s.

“Now with us having finished with the releases from Self Aware, the imminent arrival of new music from Empyre and a new Bond film coming out it seemed the perfect time to release this.

“It’s our tribute to James Bond and of course to the great Chris Cornell.”

Check out Empyre’s cover of You Know My Name