By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 23rd December 2014 at 6:00 pm
Lower Than Atlantis released their fourth and confusingly self-titled album this past October. There is, however, no confusion whatsoever on John’s decision that it was one of his favourite albums of 2014. Just released today, watch the high-octane performance promo for “the arguably feature” ‘Criminal’ below.
Lower Than Atlantis have announced a massive tour of the UK and Ireland for next spring, following on the success of their current self-titled album, which our John reviewed here.
Support for the following 11 dates will be provided by Essex rockers We Are The Ocean and American alt-rock band PVRIS. Tickets are available now.
Friday 10th April 2015 – Oxford Academy
Sunday 12th April 2015 – Newcastle Riverside
Monday 13th April 2015 – Glasgow Garage
Tuesday 14th April 2015 – Manchester Academy 3
Wednesday 15th April 2015 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Friday 17th April 2015 – Dublin Academy
Saturday 18th April 2015 – Belfast Queen’s University Student Union Bar Sub
Monday 20th April 2015 – Bristol Marble Factory
Tuesday 21st April 2015 – Bournemouth Old Fire Station
Wednesday 22nd April 2015 – Brighton Concorde 2
Thursday 23rd April 2015 – Norwich Epic Studios
It’s a strange world we live in. Men with beards that would only years ago have seen them immediately signed to the social security register as homeless are now the ultimate female lure. You can say the word ‘crap’ on the radio and not be bombarded by a swarm of angry middle-aged mothers, intent on sketching you out as one of Satan’s most loyal and dastardly companions. It’s an age where NME have declared for the umpteenth year running, this is the year of the Great British Guitar Revolution. Oh, and have they mentioned it’s spearheaded by some dour youths from Brighton with increasingly gash haircuts?
It’s a frightening state of affairs – one in which a band is only entitled to be cool and ‘hip’ (people still use the word hip, right?) if they open their album with an intro track. Yes, we all love Foals and alt-J and we all want to be Yannis Philippakis, but how hard can every intro track get fucked? Just get on with it, for the love of god.
But when noodling intros, which could be the b-side from a cassette you bought of a whale song to help you get to sleep are regarded – not as an optional extra – but as an unmissable dollop of hyperclichéd goodness. Enter Lower Than Atlantis with an album that can help you forget this bizarre world arrayed in front of you. An album which, if the Mercury Music Prize was taken seriously anymore by the people who select the nominees, would have already been announced as the winner of the prize in 2015. Fo’ real.
What Mike Duce and his Watford based comrades Ben Sansom, Eddy Thrower and Dec Hart have achieved is an album to not just announce this band on the world stage, but to scream it naked from the rooftops, waving its collective cock from side to side maniacally, saying ‘pay attention to us, we’re not going away’. Quite a publicity stunt that would be, but flaccid, flapping cocks aside, LTA’s self-titled fourth album is the record they will be remembered for.
Immediately, opening single ‘Here We Go’ feels like it clocks in at around the length of a full album. Simply because of the amount of times you will end up pressing the repeat button. With a chorus as colossal as the Titan of Braavos and lyrics effectively spelling out the path this band are currently travelling on: “now, we’re raging on like a locomotive / shout, we’re coming through / we’re heading for ya / we are above all of the commotion / we are on track so get back behind us.”
The emphatically catchy choruses don’t stop there: the entire album is a catalogue in how to write a bonafide alternative rock banger, with tune after tune on the record having instant repeatability. So much so, that it’ll likely take you an age to get through the album as each track has its unique facets to get your head around. The rhythmic ‘90s-esque drum beat of ‘Stays the Same’, punctuated by Duce’s indomitable vocals, is a particular standout.
The most confusing and arguably triumphant feature of ‘Lower Than Atlantis’ is ‘Criminal’, where the band go full Matt Bellamy on acid conducting the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. At times it feels like a sample from ‘The 2nd Law’, as Mike Duce gets increasingly angst ridden and begins to yell, “yes, sir, we’re gonna get some action / you distract ‘em and I will attack them.” Yes, it’s as mad as it sounds, but it’s spectacularly mad at the same point, making for completely compelling listening. It’s stadium ready rock; the savvy song writing of ‘Changing Tune’ show Lower Than Atlantis have found their niche and have hammered home their point to devastating effect.
They do the grandiose and the massive incredibly well, while also showing in the opening chords of ‘Just What You Need’ Duce and co. That they’re capable of the understated. The brilliantly built ‘Time’ is such a simple construction but with the introduction of some new voices, it becomes a layered far more textured piece of songwriting.
Lower Than Atlantis prove on this record they’re similar to Shrek.
Bear with me…
They’re a beast with layers, possessing the ability to slam out tracks that sound like they were penned to serenade mass crowds at Wembley, until you peel back the layers when they show they’re capable of songwriting that could pluck the tightest of heartstrings. They can produce a pop banger like ‘Emily’, which feels like it could almost be inspired by Busted, and then they burst in with an unquestionably huge tune like ‘Damn Nation’. Bursting at the brims with every alternative rock cliché you can ask for, “live life / love life / while I’m alive I only got one chance this time / that is do or die.” There’s not a track on here which doesn’t jump out and you and demand you take notice and that’s why ‘Lower Than Atlantis’ is unquestionably my Album of the Year.
Well, at least until ‘Sonic Highways’…we’ll see.
Lower Than Atlantis’ self-titled fourth album is out next Monday, the 6th of October, on Sony Red / Easy Life. Watch Lower Than Atlantis‘ pseudo video for ‘Emily’ below.
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 25th July 2014 at 4:00 pm
Watford rockers Lower Than Atlantis have just released this live video of them performing new track ‘Ain’t No Friend’ live. It was filmed at a special Xperia Access Live show in June that also starred Klaxons. The track appears on the band’s self-titled yet third album ‘Lower Than Atlantis’, which will drop on the 29th of September on Easy Life/ Sony Red. Watch the performance below.
Also included below (the more!) is the promo video for ‘Here We Go’, the LP’s lead single out this week. The group are currently in the midst of a UK tour; all the details are this way.
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 3rd June 2014 at 8:30 am
Lower Than Atlantis will be pretty busy the second half of July: they’re going on a massive UK tour. A fan presale has already begun on the band’s official Web site, but the general sale commences at 9 AM Friday the 6th of June.
Their next album will be self-titled – this is confusing, especially for a band who has been around for a while – and will be out on the 29th of September.
Tuesday 15th July 2014 – Aberdeen Tunnels
Wednesday 16th July 2014 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Thursday 17th July 2014 – Newcastle Cluny
Friday 18th July 2014 – York Fibbers
Sunday 20th July 2014 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Monday 21st July 2014 – Hull Fruit
Tuesday 22nd July 2014 – Nottingham Rock City
Wednesday 23rd July 2014 – Stoke Sugarmill
Thursday 24th July 2014 – Birmingham Temple
Friday 25th July 2014 – Gloucester Guildhall
Sunday 27th July 2014 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Monday 28th July 2014 – Bristol Fleece
Tuesday 29th July 2014 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Wednesday 30th July 2014 – Norwich Epic Studios
Thursday 31st July 2014 – London Dingwalls
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 26th November 2013 at 4:00 pm
Lower Than Atlantis turned up for the last date of this year’s Dr. Martens’ #STANDFORSOMETHING Tour, stopping in Nottingham earlier this month. At Spanky Van Dykes (what’s a name for a venue, eh?) on Goldsmith Road in Notts, the band held court in front of a raucous group of punters and played fan favourite ‘Deadliest Catch’. Watch it below.