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Why US is now ready for Empire of the Sun

AAP logoAAP 30/09/2016 Danielle McGrane

It took an eight-year-old song to get Aussie band Empire of the Sun on the radio in the US.

When Honda decided to use their 2008 song Walking On A Dream to advertise the 2016 Civic Sedan, it pushed the song into the Billboard Hot 100 charts, a first for the electronic duo.

"It was amazing. You never think that things like that are really going to happen," Nick Littlemore, one half of Empire of the Sun, told AAP.

"It was a very strange feeling to be jumping in a taxi and hearing it on Hot 94 or whatever radio station it was."

Their sudden success with an old song has been well documented and resulted in the pair appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres show in April.

That was enough to bring Littlemore out of the woodwork. It's well known that Littlemore doesn't often perform live with Empire of the Sun, usually leaving fellow band member Luke Steele to gig without him.

"You only get a few opportunities in life to do things like that and they were fortunate enough to let me do that and it's one for the scrap book, it's pretty cool. And Ellen was such a cool lady, very kind. It was lovely," Littlemore said.

The group's much anticipated album, Two Vines, is due for release this month and while they've never had much trouble selling albums (their debut Walking On A Dream is platinum-selling in Australia) they had never quite cracked the US pop charts before.

"We'd never been on a radio station in America, nothing that had ever been serviced over there had caught fire, so to speak," Littlemore said.

But, with their third album about to drop, the possibility for US success has now increased thanks to Walking On A Dream's recent success.

"Now there's an open channel for us and we actually have a voice in America which is something we'd always dreamed of but you can't chase that, it has to come to you," he said.

*Two Vines is out on October 28

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