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Lower Than Atlantis - World Record

Tim Newbound
Tim Newbound 23 April at 09.00
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Lower Than Atlantis' debut is catchy, anthemic and everything we had hoped for...

Last year’s well-received debut album ‘Far Q’ raised expectations for Lower Than Atlantis. It underlined the Hertfordshire quartet’s great potential and established them as one of the premier rising talents in UK punk. Striking while the iron’s hot, this follow-up should help further develop this growing reputation. It’s notably less acerbic than its predecessor, but this refinement doesn’t compromise the punch packed by these 12 songs. ‘World Record’ is a consistently catchy album, choc full of anthemic choruses in the likes of first track ‘Beech Like The Tree’, but it’s also a full-length that unequivocally proves LTA are so much more than simply a punk band. It’s a stylistically diverse rock record of great scope, with tracks such as the more delicate, moving ‘Another Sad Song’ mixing comfortably with the frenetic punk rock and gang vocals of ‘Bug’ or poppier moments such as ‘(Motor) Way Of Life’. Singer Mike Duce’s distinguished vocal impressively fronts songs that smartly address subjects ranging from being addicted to cigs, to work, the band, relationships and beyond. A true jewel in British rock’s crown, with ‘World Record’, Lower Than Atlantis have again delivered an album that will likely be among the standouts of the year.

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