Credit: Atlas Run
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Tell us a bit about yourself? Atlas Run are an Indie/Alt Rock band from Glasgow, Scotland. Influenced by band such as Fatherson, Biffy Clyro and Deaf Havana, Atlas Run have cultivated an audience since launching in 2016 with their energetic live show and anthemic tracks.
There are a lot of emerging artists in the UK right now. What sets you apart from the rest? We came together out of the ashes of a previous band called These Little Kings. After they disbanded, guitarist and drummer, Ryan and...Ryan wanted to create something new and exciting. They came into contact with busker and songwriter Paul Howie and decided to combine forces and form Atlas Run.
What’s your back-story? Most of the subject matter in our music comes from various human interactions and experience. Be it romantic relationships or otherwise, we try to frame these experiences and the feelings they bring up with metaphors and imagery. This keeps the lyrical content fresh and exciting, and allows fans to find their own interpretation of our songs and relate to it in different ways.
What are you working on at the moment? Having recently released our debut EP, we're gearing up to release the first music video from the project. We go on our first UK tour in November visiting Glasgow, Newcastle, Darwen and Hull and can't wait to get out and play to some new people. After that, the plan is to keep writing and gigging in order to hone our craft and develop our sound.
What's the first song you remember hearing? Probably not the first song but the first time I remember being proper terrorised by the catchiness of a song was during The Ketchup Song craze. I remember being in primary school and everyone singing it and doing the dance routine every day and it freaked me the fuck out because I didn't understand the words or where it came from. It still appears in my head uninvited every once in a while. I sincerely hope it doesn't make a resurgence.
You're in a Karaoke Bar - What's your go to song? Paul has to keep learning the current biggest chart songs for his busking endeavours, so he'd no doubt go for an Indie'd up version of "Let Me Love You" by Bieber or something along those lines. I'd be partial to a Hot Fuss era Killers banger myself but I doubt I'd put the people in attendance through that.
What was the first gig you went to? First proper gig was Muse at the SECC, I was a proper fanboy in my teens. It was pretty mind-blowing in terms of the theatrics; the three of them stood on these big LED pillars that went up metres high, must've been a health and safety nightmare. Over time I've come to appreciate the intimacy of a smaller, more stripped back show, I think it's great when bands can find the right balance.
Which song do you wish you'd written? Karma Police I'd say. Being part of a massive crowd of people belting out that last refrain is such a cathartic experience. I can't imagine how it feels to know that something you've written resonates with so many people.
Which song changed your life? I'd say Echoes by Pink Floyd. Hearing the way all these starkly different sections created such a complete piece of work really inspired me to pursue music. It was probably my first exposure to more experimental stuff as well with the spooky theremin solo (just waiting for our weird second album so I can have my own theremin part!)
Which song would you like played at your funeral? If I could resist the urge to choose something daft like MmmBop...probably Motion Picture Soundtrack by Radiohead. I saw a video of a brass-arrangement of it played at a funeral and it was heart-wrenching.
What song is stuck in your head right now?The Gold by Manchester Orchestra. I saw them live last night, their new album is a songwriting masterclass.
What was the first Album you bought? Most likely the Busted album. What I go to School For is still a banger.
Which song made you want to play music? Butterflies and Hurricanes by Muse. A lot of their music hasn't held up over time for me. But I still find that track so uplifting and the musicianship is incredible.