The Atlantic is a fresh-faced band out of Overland Park, but you wouldn't suspect it from the way they rock. We caught up with the young band about the Atlantic's ambitions, its forthcoming EP, and how they think underage kids can still slay the bar scene.
Who are some of the musicians you try to emulate?
We all listen to a lot of different music, ranging from old blues to metal, and everything in between. I would say the biggest influences between the four of us would be Mewithoutyou, Brand New, La Dispute, Kevin Devine and Bright Eyes.
What has the reception of your band been like so far? I know that you've done some stuff with 96.5 the Buzz's Homegrown show. What was that like?
The response to our music has been incredible. So many things have been happening for us, and the support has been amazing. Homegrown Buzz is an awesome program. Jeriney is so nice and really cares about local music and the talent that exists here. We are so honored that we can be a part of that promotion for local music. Homegrown Buzz has helped us get our name out there, the same with many other local musicians.
What are your goals for the Atlantic?
Our passion is music. We don't worry about conforming to any fads or trends. We're not seeking fame or popularity. We just want to create music for people that want to listen to it. We hope that the people that listen can take some sort of emotion or feeling from our sound to help them in their lives. We would love to be able to just create our music and make a decent, honest living doing what we're passionate about.
Where did you get your name?
Honestly, Patrick and I were just drunk one night on an apartment balcony, and we thought of that name. We loved it, so we used it.
Have you guys taken the band on the road yet?
Not yet! We plan to tour this summer. We can't wait to see what kind of crazy antics will come about.
What's in the works for 2011?
Many things will be happening for us this year. In the middle of summer, we are planning on recording our second EP, and we're hoping to release it sometime around September. We'll also be touring a little bit this summer. Right now, we're starting to track a new song that will be released in a couple of months, along with a music video. We'll be playing local shows and festivals. We have big plans for this year, and we will be putting in 110 percent to make all of it happen.
What are some other bands in town that you're fans of?
There is so much talent here, it's hard to name all of them. Le Grand, Maps for Travelers, Appleseed Cast, Bears and Company, O, Giant Man, Queens Club, Soft Reeds, Cowboy Indian Bear, the ACBs and Roman Numerals, to name a few.
What's the best show you've played, and what's the worst?
One that stands out is getting back from a gig in St. Joe and finally realizing that our muffler on our bus has been dragging on the ground the whole drive back, and we could understand what the noise was coming from. Best show is a really tough one. I would have to say playing the Bottleneck a couple months ago with our good friends Le Grand and Letlive. Worst show would have to be every show that Patrick and I played when we were in a pop band (even more specifically, pop shows at the Refuge).
What's it like playing music from such a young age?
It definitely has its up and downs. Some of us are in school, and we all work, so it's hard to manage all of these things. But the band always seems to take top priority because this is what we want to do and what we are going to do for the rest of our lives.
We have seemed to slip into the bar music scene, even though most of us aren't 21. When people look at us, they think we are just some high-school kids that shouldn't be playing there. After we play, the reaction is quite the opposite. We have had 70-year-old dudes come up to us and tell us they liked our sound, and that's a really inspiring thing. I think it proves that our sound is not limited to an age or current fad of the music industry ... and we take a lot of pride in that.
We don't think of ourselves as young kids just playing music just to say we play in a band. It is much deeper for us, and we want everyone that listens to us, or sees us, to feel what we feel and enjoy the mix of emotions we try to communicate through our music.
The Atlantic is playing on Friday, March 11, at Aftershock. Download the band's first EP for free here.