Interviews: Atlas: Empire

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In this new occassion we have had the opportunity to interview the  Progressive Metal band Atlas:Empire from UK. Check out the interview and this band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1.Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?  

SG: The name “Atlas : Empire” represents a lack of boundaries and the desire to explore new territories. The name takes its origin from a song title in a previous project - we wanted a name that signified a new chapter in our writing and one that wouldn’t pigeonhole the band to a specific genre.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?  

SG: We're probably the last people to consider genre when we're writing - all that matters is that we're playing music that we enjoy & find interesting. Some people think we're a Post-Hardcore band, others would argue Post-Rock, most use the "progressive" tag...the whole ethos of this band was NOT to consider genre over simply being creative. 

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?  

Jamie and I did, yes. We met in 2008 through a mutual friend, Chris Grant. The three of us played in band called 'Cavalcades' for about a year, really just a fun side-project to our main bands at the time. Then we were involved in another project prior to starting A:E.

SG: I met Rob in Toronto in 2016. I was playing CMW with my now-disbanded Instrumental band - our bassist came back into the venue with this random Canadian guy and said "Guys, this is Rob. He's from Toronto but is married to a girl from Glasgow." We hung out a lot over the next few days & kept in touch after we flew back to the UK.

RH: I met Steve at The Smiling Bhudda at CMW in 2016. I was there to meet a friend of mine who was the booking agent for one of the bands playing that show.  My wife is Glasgwegian so I was informed that there was a band from Glasgow playing that show, Steve's band. I introduced myself and showed them around Toronto and invited them to my old band's show at the Opera House opening for Eagles of Death Metal. I didn't realize that the show was sold out so Steve ended up just sneaking in. We all kept in touch and I'd hang out whenever I was in the UK. I joined Atlas : Empire the following year immediately after leaving my last band and moved to Glasgow. 

4. Each band member favourite band?  

SG: Picking one is really tough...but if I have to, it'd be Soundgarden. Chris Cornell was the first vocalist that blew me away and their music introduced me to odd time signatures, irregular tunings and mixing heaviness with experimentation. Jamie's is probably Pedro The Lion, overall. Rob only likes Madball and bands that sound like Madball

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?  

SG: Our influences come from so many different places, including film, TV shows and literature. Collectively, we listen to such a broad spectrum of music that we draw inspiration from. 

6. Where was your last gig? 

SG: As I'm writing this, our last gig was in a town called Bridgwater, which is in South-West England. This was the final show of a tour we did with Kurt Travis (Ex-Dance Gavin Dance, A lot Like Birds) and Televangelist

7. Where would you like to act?  

RH: We're really looking forward to touring Canada again next year. Both our tours over there have been amazing! We're also making plans to tour the US next year, which is really exciting. 

8. Whom would you like to feature with?  

SG: I'd love us to tour with Thrice. Everything they've released since 2005 is incredible. We've also been really lucky in that most of the bands we've toured with have been amazing people. 

9. Whom not?  

SG: There's only 1 band we've ever toured with whom we definitely wouldn't share a van with again. They know who they are. 

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?  

SG: I know Jamie used to feel better after a couple of beers, but none of us have ever had full blown stage fright. Our advice to younger musicians is to just go for it. You're on that stage to have fun and all those hours learning your instrument, rehearsing those songs etc has ALL been so you can go enjoy yourself up there!

11. What bands have inspired you the most? 

SG: There's so many, both from our youth and bands still putting music out today. We're inspired by artists that evolve throughout their careers - Bjork, Cave-In, Radiohead, Deftones, The Dear Hunter, At The Drive-In are all amazing examples of this. 

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?  

SG: Nothing super weird springs to mind. Just wait, now that we've been asked this, we'll get some bizarre request at our next show! 

13. What do you think of your fans?  

SG: Our fans are awesome. 

14. What do you think of our site? 

SG: Your website is awesome. 

15. Something add?

Go pre-order our album from www.atlasempire.co.uk or atlasempire.bandcamp.com

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