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Get To Know Atlases with Punk Nation!

Posted by punk-nation on December 16, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Berkshire, UK's latest and greatest metal band, Atlases, is only a little over a month away from releasing their debut EP, Upbringing. It's a collection sure to make fans of Of Mice and Men and Bring Me The Horizon happy, but with the maturity and ferocity the EP presents, we wouldn't be surprised if the band recruits a few new fans for the entire genre of metal too. Atlases are out to take over the music world, and if you don't join in, take cover - It's gonna be an insane ride. We got the chance to talk to bassist James Collins about the EP, memories and more. Check it out below!

What should fans expect from the new EP? 

Before we began the work on Upbringing, the writing process would often take place in the confinements of a rehearsal room. We'd often find ourselves getting frustrated by the sound of everyone playing around with ideas over the top of each other. It soon became clear that if we wanted to better things, the writing process would have to change. I made the decision to set up a mini recording studio in my house so we could work in a relaxed environment and really get into the details of how the songs would be built one step at a time without any interruptions. I think the decision to change the writing process has had a massive impact on the quality of the music, which to us is reflected massively throughout Upbringing.

What's your best memory from the recording of Upbringing?

The whole process was a great experience due to a number of things. Jack, our vocalist, is fairly new to us as a collective, so for the first time in a long time, everything's felt brand new again. The addition of a new vocalist adds a massive dynamic to any band so we really enjoyed seeing the developments taking place. We also recorded everything with a good friend of ours, Craig Turner. Not only was he great to work with, he had a genuine interest in making everything sound as good as it possibly could, whether it was structurally or even by suggesting additional fills and guitar parts throughout.

What's the story behind the album cover?

 The title "Upbringing" works as a summary to the lyrical content throughout. Each song is based on vulnerable situations, environments and religious views through Jacks upbringing, so we wanted to reflect that with the artwork. We used a set of images throughout the booklet, which were all produced by a photographer I stumbled across, Ilse Moore. The idea to use this particular set of images mainly grew from the lyric "I’m barely treading water in the ocean of your lies and you were quite content with watching me drown".

What's the best advice you've ever received on your career?

I can't say I’ve ever had the whole "inspirational pep talk" with anybody in regards to a musical career but one thing has become clear over time and that's to have fun with it and to not get too stressed out with the things it entails.

What's the earliest memory you have involving music?

For some reason, I can remember loads of things from a very early age. I was brought up in a musical environment where lots of musical instruments would be lying around. Aside to banging on my dads drums and hitting a cluster of notes on a keyboard, I can remember never quite understanding how a guitar worked. For some reason, I can remember thinking the guide dots on the fretboard worked in the same way as a recorder in the sense that if you pressed them, the notes would change. I soon came to the conclusion that pressing these "buttons" would get me nowhere.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Time to get generic I'm afraid - Please buy our album and merchandise and come and hang out with us when we're touring near by.



What's next for Atlases?

Next year is shaping up to be a very busy one. Following the release of Upbringing on the 20th January, we're off on a European tour, writing along the way so keep your eyes peeled for album two.

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