A review of Atlas debut EP ‘Strawberries.
Atlas are a new band from Ross-shire who have laid down four tracks to announce their arrival on the scene.
Opening track, ‘Plain Sailing’ tips more than a nod towards Twin Atlantic and has a very Scottish indie rock feel to it. It does manage though to slip in some nice punky backing vocals. It does edge ever so slightly towards a more North American pop punk feel at times.
This theme is picked up in the second track ‘EXperiment’ which runs harder on the pop punk elements although it’s a little rawer than say the likes of a Blink 182. ‘Strawberries’, the title track keeps the pop punk running along but it is also evident that there is are strong melodies in here too. The first three tracks don’t particularly cover uncharted territory but for an early release by a young band it shows a lot of promise.
The final track is a cover of Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’. Although it has been covered before this reveals a little more of Atlas. It gives lead singer Cameron Grant an opportunity to really display his vocal range which gives Atlas’s own spin on the well known song.
Overall the enthusiasm of the band is imprinted on these recordings along with songs which should appeal to those who follow the bands mentioned above. The journey may just be starting for Atlas but there is no reason why it shouldn’t be a long one.
They return to The Ironworks for the Winter Showcase.