(Photo: Mary Taylor)

Check out the premiere of “Cross My Heart,” by the California band Awaken The Empire.

Says vocalist/guitarist/programmer Damien Lawson of the band's electronic-tinged rock sound:

“The general theme behind our band is that of an underground movement to encourage people to follow their dreams at all costs. If we were a movie, it would be somewhere between Donnie Darko (dark, romantic, schizophrenic, sarcastic, funny, complex) and Inception (mysterious, powerful, hidden agenda, purposely confusing).”