LISTEN. TO. THIS. BAND.
Have you heard about Stand Atlantic yet?
Well, you will soon because they're brilliant, and so is their new EP 'Sidewinder'.
It's one of the debuts of the year, and you can hear the full thing in all its pop-punk glory below.
The EP is out on Friday (September 15) via Rude Records. Physical and digital pre-orders are available now, too!
Want more Stand Atlantic? Here's our recent feature on the band...
Stand Atlantic are a band with serious promise.
Providing some of the songs of the year on a debut EP is no easy feat, but that’s exactly what the Sydney trio have done. And the drive and passion in vocalist / guitarist Bonnie Fraser’s voice hints at how they’ve achieved it.
“We really wanted to focus on the more aggressive side of pop-punk as well as the accessible side of things,” she explains.
“All three of us appreciate a pop banger! We love Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber, but then we also love the new wave of super-gritty stuff like The Story So Far and Knuckle Puck.”
That comes through in the sound that the band – completed by bassist David Potter and drummer Jonno Panichi – have created. An acute sense of melody shines throughout the five songs comprising ‘Sidewinder’, but it’s all underpinned with a serious kick.
“We didn’t want it to be a gimmick punk edge thing,” nods Bonnie. “We wanted it to be real because that’s the music we love – we wanted to pull that off and hopefully we do!”
It’s clearly important to the frontwoman, as the band aim to stand out on their own merits, rather than just sound like everyone else.
“We don’t want to come off as cookie-cutter pop-punk. We focused on keeping it pop, but we don’t want people to feel dweebish for listening to it!”
Bonnie may be joking, but what she says is backed up in the music, impressive for a band who only formed in 2015.
“It all started with an acoustic project that I wanted to turn into a full band. Me and Potter were in a band together prior, so we decided to start afresh, got Jonno onboard and the rest is history!”
The next step was enlisting the help of With Confidence producer Stevie Knight earlier this year, an experience that tested the trio to their limits.
“We were so out of our element,” she beams. “But that really pushed us to make something we’re proud of. Without sounding too up ourselves, we felt like it was something special. I don’t know too many female-fronted bands that are doing this kind of thing.”
And lead single ‘Coffee At Midnight’ – the world’s first taste of Stand Atlantic – is a cocktail of all those things in one song.
“It’s definitely on the punkier side of the record, but it condensed everything great about the EP into one song.”
That song also presents an honesty found all the way across the EP, something that Bonnie feels is crucial in creating songs of genuine worth.
“It was super therapeutic to get that all out and I felt really vulnerable writing everything. There’s something special when you can listen to the lyrics because that person is laying everything out in front of you.”
Fresh, fiery and standing firmly in their own lane – there are all the makings of something special here too.