Empire of the Sun is an Australian band consisting of two main members, Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore. Their sound combines the genres of sythpop, electro rock, and new wave. Both Steele and Littlemore were signed to EMI Music under separate projects but eventually joined forces when they realized they had creative chemistry together. Their first album, Walking on a Dream, was released in 2008 and went double platinum in Australia and gold in the US. After Littlemore went AWOL for a short period of time (apparently writing music for Cirque de Solei), they recorded a second album, Ice on the Dune, which released in 2013.