Crown the Empire
Crown the Empire was formed in July 2010 by Andrew Velasquez, Austin Duncan, Hayden Tree, and Brandon Hoover during their time together at Colleyville Heritage High School. The band was formed when “Brandon and Austin decided to start jamming together.” The band’s ultimate goal was to “be heavier than most bands in their area,” while “bringing huge, poppy choruses to a genre that can become pretty stale.” Originally, drummer Alex Massey filled the drumming position in the band, but he was soon replaced by their current drummer, Brent Taddie, in May 2011. During 2011, the members of Crown the Empire also held an extensive search for another guitarist to join their band. During which the rapper now known as Post Malone (unknown at the time) had auditioned for the position, allegedly broke a string during the audition and was not hired on. They soon welcomed Bennett Vogelman (Benn Suede) to the band as the new lead guitarist.