Lower Than Atlantis
Far Q


4.0
excellent

Review

by James Allen USER (1 Reviews)
April 14th, 2010 | 28 replies | 13,783 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Solid post-hardcore with a decidedly English flavour.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Lower Than Atlantis are a post-hardcore outfit from Watford, England. If you’re not from the UK then you probably won’t have heard of Watford, for the simple reason that it’s effectively a space on the map that someone decided to name. Its past contributions to local or international cultural landscapes have included…well, nothing. Far Q, the debut full length and second release from Lower Than Atlantis seems all the more remarkable, then; because the obvious talent and delightful creativity on display here elevate the band from mere musicians to artists. Hold on to your hats Watford, because who knows what’s happening.

Lower Than Atlantis’ first EP, Bretton, was a perfectly respectable chunk of melodic hardcore that successfully managed to avoid almost everyone’s radar. The attention to detail and vigour that infused that record promised great things for the future, however, and Far Q is the fulfilment of that promise. The music is still energetic, but with a greater focus upon melody that strengthens rather than dilutes the band’s sound. Spiky riffs and dissonant chords are whipped along and carried by the strong rhythm section; and even though there’s no obvious technical wizardry on show, the songs are complex and detailed enough to remain fresh throughout repeat listens. This also enables Lower Than Atlantis to shift the tone and pace of the record in an interesting but seemingly organic manner; Far Q flows from the brisk and [s]punky hardcore of ‘B.O.R.E.D’ to the stripped down (oh, what the hell) ballad of ‘Mike Duce’s Symphony No.11 In D Minor’ and does it all exceedingly well.

The lyrical content of the record is, for me at least, the biggest draw; but it’s also the part of Far Q that seems most likely to divide opinion. They are utterly pared down, at times resorting to the simple rhyme schemes of classic punk; but they are filled with astute and evocative flashes of character that make it hard not to identify with the problems these guys have faced. These are tales of penniless young guys living in a grey hole in a grey country already well into its decline. It’s to Mike Duce’s credit that he can sing about things as low key as losing his music collection off his laptop (‘Taping Songs Off the Radio’) and make it sound genuinely poignant. It helps that he is such an assured vocalist, flitting between a strong singing voice and a credible aggressive vocal that adds power to the music without reducing the lyrics to an indecipherable mass. All in all, Far Q, like its predecessor, makes some pretty big promises for the future, and if they can continue grow Lower Than Atlantis might become something truly special. At the moment, though, they are merely brilliant. For any fan of character driven music, post-hardcore or any kind of punk rock, Far Q might just be the grimy little gem you’ve been looking for.


Recommended Tracks:
Taping Songs Off the Radio
Face Full of Scars
B.O.R.E.D


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Comments:Add a Comment 
ConsciousLife
April 14th 2010



121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not that happy with the review but the album is mint

dansxdead
April 14th 2010



438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is cd is pretty good.

ConsciousLife
April 14th 2010



121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, I like it

Yotimi
April 14th 2010



6443 Comments


We got really similar album ratings, I'll be sure to check this out. Pretty good review.

ConsciousLife
April 14th 2010



121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers man, let me know what you think if you hear it

dcha
May 11th 2010



990 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this album.

dcha
May 12th 2010



990 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This band needs much more praise.

GaryT
June 28th 2010



54 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Mike Duce's Symphony is a great song.

dcha
December 14th 2010



990 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm not sure what to call this. Grunge?

bodiesinflight57
December 17th 2010



869 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Think you've been a bit harsh on Watford

DoubtGin
December 17th 2010



6748 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

one of the songs was great

xstaytrue18x
December 25th 2010



575 Comments


lol this band

dcha
January 3rd 2011



990 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

New song can be heard here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00wx2j5/Rock_Show_with_Daniel_P_Carter_Architects_in_session/


It's the first song in the radiocast.

05McDonaldT
January 10th 2011



268 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

xstayrtue18x, how can you say that, this band are brilliant

ConsiderPhlebas
January 10th 2011



6157 Comments


So you think you're hot, you think you're clever but you're obviously not

xstaytrue18x
January 12th 2011



575 Comments


this band is a complete joke. first they were meant to be hardcore and then when they played over here they were taking the piss the whole night and said on stage that they don't want to be a hardcore band and that the band TRC is meaty hardcore. from the stuff ive heard they sound like an alternative/indie type band so how they got labelled with hardcore in the first place is beyond me.

stalinshake
January 12th 2011



3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I prefer this to their older stuff, the songs are a lot stronger which brings out their strengths as songwriters. Also their guitar tone is godly, kinda familiar but a very unique spin. I'm glad they're not hardcore, very restrictive genre where even the people that started it moved on

stalinshake
January 12th 2011



3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

also xstaytrue18x stop being butthurt that they took the piss out of your favourite genre and focus on the music. People would be a lot more receptive if you actually commented on the sound of the album rather than what genre they should be

VJ90
January 16th 2011



128 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I am really impressed with this band. The song "B.O.R.E.D." is how punk rock should be executed. I can see these guys getting big in the future.

Solid review!

Captain North
January 17th 2011



6779 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Some of the lyrics on this are great, especially on B.O.R.E.D. and A/S/L?

Although...I'm loling at the shot at Gallows, since there are a shittone of similarities between the
two.



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