Hertfordshire rock band Lower Than Atlantis perform their 2011 single 'Deadliest Catch' at an intimate show in Nottingham. The track is taken from their second album 'World Record' released in the same year on A Wolf at Your Door Records.
In the footage from the gig, the singer can be heard thanking the crowd for being 'f***ing quality' and announcing the track as their last song of the night. The band appear to be playing without a stage, level with their bustling fans who are clearly having an immense time rocking out to the punk-vibe beats. At one point, the singer allows a couple of excited members of the audience to sing along into microphone and ends the set by crowd surfing around the room while trying, initially, to continue strumming on his guitar. The song is headbang-worthy mix of raw vocals, melodic guitar riffs and an invasive bassline.
Lower Than Atlantis performed the show as part of the 2013 Dr. Martens #StandForSomething Tour and frontman Mike Duce didn't hesitate about what he stood for. 'Be yourself', he said. 'I'd rather have people hate me for who I am, instead of pretending to be someone else. I always say on stage that if four normal idiots that came from nothing can do what we're doing, then anyone can do it.'
October 2012 and Watford's Lower Than Atlantis are a very different proposition to the days before the release of their first EP three days before Christmas 2008. The four years that have passed has seen the band develop far beyond their post-hardcore beginnings. Changing Tune is the product of their development, a step away from their previous efforts and a foray into new territory.
Uplifting and soaring, the album's three-minute prologue track sounds huge; starting with an acoustic guitar passage before exploding into possibly the best song the Foo Fighters have never written. First track proper Love Someone Else, released as a single this summer, typifies the album. Catchy and pop driven, this is the first of many small-time tales geared for the biggest of stages.
The riff to Move Along is cheekily reminiscent of Bowling For Soup's mega-hit 1985, before it settles into a familiar pattern. Dealing lyrically with the band's enviable rise to success and the views of those on the outside, this is not an album of 'me against the world' sentiments; instead, a tongue in cheek commentary on the life of front man Mike Duce and the rest of the band. In contrast, the musical interlude in Go on Strike is excellent - two guitars trading parts effortlessly before segueing comfortably back into another chorus.
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World Record, the second full length album from Hertfordshire based rockers Lower than Atlantis makes a bold statement. Lower Than Atlantis are back on the scene, and they intend to tear it up, in a big way. It's melodic, energetic, musical and full of potential, but is it any good?
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