The Rock Sound Presents… Powered By Fender tour featuring Architects, Norma Jean, Devil Sold His Soul and Lower Than Atlantis is only days away and we can barely stop ourselves from giggling from sheer excitement. We’ll be running previews all this week and now it’s time to fall in love with with the mighty opening band, Lower Than Atlantis
1. The whole tour is going to be an epic bro-down
Working out who was going to be first on was effectively everyone sitting in a room throwing names around. The one at the top of everyone’s list was Lower Than Atlantis – them and the ‘tects are basically best mates, LTA grew up listening to Norma Jean (like everyone) and it’s pretty much guaranteed them and DSHS will get on like a house on fire. It’s going to be like summer camp, except in a different place every night and everyone’ll be hammered for 10 days.
2. ‘Far Q' deserves to be heard live
Granted, we gave LTA’s debut full-length 8/10, which is a more-than-respectable score for a UK band’s debut. But, as with any spit-drenched punk album, once you’re watching the four of them rip out the songs a couple of inches away from your nose what was pretty good on record becomes thuddingly brilliant.
3. They're always angry (in a good way)
They’re the sort of mob who aren’t going to stand there meekly, they’ll jump on your head until you’re enjoying yourself. ‘Far Q’ is an intensely pissed-off collection of songs, full of bile and rage at everything from frontman Mike Duce’s absent dad to how annoying it is deleting your whole iTunes library, and what does that mean? While he’s going through all sorts of catharsis singing about his life, you can rock out with none of the emotional torment. Good times.
4. This is only the beginning
Whether you like them or not – it’s much better to be in the former camp than the latter, trust us – Lower Than Atlantis are going to be around for a long time. And, as with every band who rapidly go from underground heroes to genuine mainstream contenders (it could happen…) the venues they play will balloon accordingly, so if you want to see them before that annoying twat from school who isn’t into rock music suddenly starts spouting on about them, here’s your chance.
5. This is all they've got...
For all intents and purposes LTA are a new band, but they’ve been through enough line-up changes over the last couple of years to feel like grizzled old veterans taking one last shot at the whole ‘being in a band’ thing. So they have a head-start over a lot of their peers, in that they’ve tasted how skull-crushingly shit it is to watch your dreams seemingly disappear and they know how important it is to play each show like their lives depend on it. You don’t want them to have to jack it in and get real jobs, do you? Neither do they.
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