It turns out that the land down under has more to offer, musically, than that guy that we used to know. In fact, a wealth of Aussie alternative acts exists; enough to keep even the most avid, obscure-music-lovin’ fans satisfied. One such band, Atlas Genius, is on tour with the Silversun Pickups in the US right now. The band’s EP, Through the Glass, is available on iTunes.
The ensemble isn’t comprised of just any skinny-jean-wearing, bearded boys. No, these skinny-jean-wearing, bearded boys happen to be brothers (well, all except the Brit on keys, who happens to be their friend). The band’s sound is reminiscent of bands like Cut Copy, Phoenix, and Death Cab for Cutie and other bands that predated the onset of electro-pop.
The first listen of the record will certainly make idle toes tap. Synth-drum beats and dancy tempos capture the listener’s attention, but meaningful lyrics deliver messages that resonate. These messages are accompanied by melodic rhythm guitar and delivered by a soulful, raw voice.
The obvious radio single of the EP is “Trojans.” It’s a catchy tune that sticks in your head and makes you think about the meaning long after the music has stopped playing. What listeners may not realize is that there are two versions on the record: the happy-go-lucky pop song that gets played on the radio, and the melancholy acoustic version that leaves the listener with goose bumps.
The other two tracks included on the EP are “Back Seat” that has a backbone made for moving, and “Symptoms” which is dark and melodic while maintaining an upbeat rhythm. Both of these songs have potential to be just as infectious as the Freshman single. In all, the EP gives the listener a taste of a band with great potential and leaves them wanting more.
Luckily, the band will make a stop in Indianapolis on October 24 at the Egyptian Room. Tickets are available at the Old National Centre box office. For more information on the show, visit www.oldnationalcentre.com or call (317)231-0000. For more information on the band, visit their website at www.atlasgenius.com.