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Lower Than Atlantis

Without warning 2009 proved a year of progression, growth and change for UK trio Lower Than Atlantis. Since January, whenLTA were halfway throughthe touring cycle for their fledgling E.P ‘Bretton’, the Watford based band have gone through noless than three bassists and two drummers - not tomention, most significantly, a musical rebirth of Goliathian proportions.

With the instability of their line-up threatening a return to the ‘real world’ for the band, Lower Than Atlantis’ creative core -vocalist/guitarist Mike Duce andguitarist Ben Sansom – were pushed into a cocoo ...read more

Without warning 2009 proved a year of progression, growth and change for UK trio Lower Than Atlantis. Since January, whenLTA were halfway throughthe touring cycle for their fledgling E.P ‘Bretton’, the Watford based band have gone through noless than three bassists and two drummers - not tomention, most significantly, a musical rebirth of Goliathian proportions.

With the instability of their line-up threatening a return to the ‘real world’ for the band, Lower Than Atlantis’ creative core -vocalist/guitarist Mike Duce andguitarist Ben Sansom – were pushed into a cocoon of forced introspection and reflection.Fortunately, the encroaching danger that their beloved bandmight be collapsing around them had an unexpectedly positiveeffect on the young songwriters, as the twosome found themselves reconnecting with theirtruest musical influences andtaking stock of the harsh reality that was fast surrounding them – a UK in the clutches of recession: its youth bored, indebtand out of work.

Simultaneously re-inspired, angered and afraid, Lower Than Atlantis recruited drummer Eddy Thrower and set about creatingtheir debut full lengthalbum ‘Far Q’, a collection of songs that sees the trio completing an unintended but wholly positivemetamorphosis.

Creatively inspired by such eclectic artists as Nirvana, Rival Schools, Go It Alone, Foo Fighters, The Smashing Pumpkins,Sonic Youth and Blink 182, ‘Far Q’is a powerhouse of urgency and punk catharsis seamlessly blended with seriously infectiousmelody and reverence for the simple, persuasive power of ‘TheSong’. And atop it all sit Mike Duce’s lyrical narratives, self-reflective and cunningly observational in equal measure, simultaneously elegiac and brimmingwith fervent wit. One momentyou’ll nod with vigorous agreement as he lambastes generational apathy on ‘Down With The Kidz’ or ‘I’m Not Bulimic (IJustWanted To See How Far I Could Stick My Fingers Down My Throat)’, the next you’ll grin ear to ear as ‘A/S/L?’ or leadsingle ‘Taping Songs Off The Radio’offer up wry commentaries for life on the Internet - but, before you know it, you’re staringinto the wide open veins of ‘Face Full Of Scars’ and the album’stitle track.

‘Far Q’ is the sound of Lower Than Atlantis playing and purging like their lives depended on it – three guys playing for the loveof music, playing forthemselves, and in the process creating a striking partnership of music and message that is set to strikea chord with many.

Honest and tragicomic, versatile and enigmatic, Lower Than Atlantis are the sound you can’t quite put your finger on, ‘Far Q’their calling card. Here’s tonew beginnings. « hide

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LPs
Lower than atlantis
2014

3.4
21 Votes
Changing Tune
10/01/2012

3.3
57 Votes
World Record
2011

3.6
112 Votes
Far Q
2010

3.7
115 Votes
EPs
Punk on the covers
2010

2.9
11 Votes
Bretton
2008

3.5
25 Votes

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