Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Age Of Atlas Q&A

Your name:
Peter.

Where are you from?
We’re from Hull, East Yorkshire – tucked away in what is the bottom of England’s “North East”.

Band name:
Age of Atlas.

Who else is in your band?
The Twins – Kye on bass and Keelan on guitar, Mikey on drums and me on vocals and sweating duties.

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
Hairy, sweaty, melodic, mathy, hard rock.

Who are your main influences musically?
King’s X, Coheed and Cambria, Corelia, Tides of Man, Deftones, Soundgarden, Hum, Smashing Pumpkins, Shiner, Karnivool, Tool – basically a lot of alternative guitar based bands with big vocals and a propensity to try weird shit.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
To always push for something better. Whether it’s being better than the last show, the last song, the last video, the last recording, the last practice, we want to push ourselves, and hopefully through doing that amass a decent little collection of works.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
It’s a recent one, the other week in fact: We’re currently recording the main vocal tracks for the album, after having spent what seems like an age recording guitars. We were all sat in the control room whilst Mikey was doing the roughest of mixes of one of the tracks. Parts were looping as he EQed things and adjusted volumes and the other three of us were lounging around, chatting away, on phones. As a finishing touch Mikey added a bit of delay to the main vocal and played the track from the beginning. We all shut up and listened. Keelan turned to me about half way through and said “Is this us? Did we do this?”. There was a mutual feeling of disbelief at what we made. Something more than the sum of its parts. Something better than we’d ever managed previously. It may seem like an odd choice for a “career highlight”. It’s a very insular moment shared between the band. But we do this for ourselves and that moment, for me, represents everything I love about being in this band. Our hard work paying off, and being able to gain a sense of wonder and awe from that.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
I’m tempted to say a recent headline gig at Humber Street Sesh (a day long festival in the city showcasing local musical talent from every genre imaginable). I’d stumbled to the floor halfway through the second song and my trousers split at the crotch. Fly to butt crack ripped in two. I was just wearing two leg sleeves for the rest of the set. But that wasn’t all that bad to be fair. Helped with general sweatiness. An impromptu cooling system. It could’ve been made worse. Because of my sweatiness on stage I regularly consider not wearing underwear just to save on laundry. That day I, thankfully (for my own sake at least), did forget to adhere to this odd resolution and had worn underoos.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
I’d say one of our newer tracks, Dead Eyed Sigils Of Our Failures Against Distance. It’s the track I alluded to in the career highlight question. We’ve been playing it live for some time and tinkering with it all the while. Big chourses, big serpentine guitar lines, massive drums and heft bass all over the place. The overall mood of the song is quite odd. It’s ambiguous. Falls left of centre. Soaring moments with an undercurrent of melancholy. Whilst we don’t try to replicate that vibe on every track I think the intention to create multifaceted music is what I’d like to shine through. Whether it does for anyone else, I don’t know. Maybe it will if any listeners have read this. Maybe I’ve managed to indoctrinate them with simple text. Fuckkking Miiiiiind COntrooolLlLlLlL!

Where can we listen to it? 
It’ll be on our album – which is nearing completion with a release on a horizon somewhere in sometime and some point between now and the end of forever.
We’ll be releasing a video for it and banging that up on youtube
And in the meantime, should you wish to hear it, come and see us live and shout something incomprehensible at us during the first few songs and few might play it to drown out your heckling.

Where can we find out more about your music?
https://www.facebook.com/ageofatlas throw us a like on Facebook as we’ve neglected it recently.
https://twitter.com/ageofatlas You can download our 5 track EP for free on our twitter page
https://ageofatlas.bandcamp.com/ - hear some early recordings on bandcamp
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6WN97YO2Tw Video for a track off our EP

Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask?
If you listen and like it drop us a line and tell us what you thought – it’s always greatly appreciated, even if it’s just a thumbs up on Facebook or a short post on Twitter. That shit counts.
Feel free to just shoot the shit – we’re always happy to have a chat and meet new folk.
And – if you’ve any inclination to see us live – let us know where abouts your based and we’ll do our best to get some shows booked near you.
And, lastly, if you likes us, tell people, get them to download our EP and spread the disease.

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