Atlas Chasers

AMBITION

Perth’s Atlas Chasers hit the road for the first time with five dates across Perth and regional WA, premiering their second release, 'Fade Away', and the accompanying music video.  The tour begins this Friday, 14 June, at The Rosemount Hotel and sees the band playing a couple of south west dates as well as Perth’s Amplifier on 20 June and Fremantle’s Rock Rover on 23 June.

The new single, ‘Fade Away’, is just about the perfect showcase for Evans’ soaring vocals and the band’s rock influences come through strongly in the reverb drenched verses and the driving chorus.  It’s a bit of a gem and there’s no wonder it’s been a staple of the Chasers’ live performances for a while now.

Now, that’s ambition!  It’s almost unheard of these days to see a local band play so many dates so close together on their home turf.  Even Elton John’s only playing two dates when he comes to Perth later this year. And, while Sir Elton’s playing a slightly larger venue, The Rosemount and Rock Rover, just to pick two, are nothing to be sneezed at size wise.  So, when Around The Sound got whiff of this, we just had to find out who the fuck these upstarts think they are.

Speaking to Atlas Chasers’ vocalist, Matt Evans, and bass player, Ty Barwick, in the beer garden at The Rosemount, it didn’t take us long to get around to the subject of ambition.

TB:  “We’re a band that’s built around that rock sort of sound, that’s what we do.  But we don’t want to break into that metal market.  Matt’s got this amazing range and tone to his voice and what we’re melding together is this whole rock thing with this vocalist who’s great.”
ME:  “We’re trying to make our music as commercial as possible.”
TB:  “We are just extremely ambitious, all five of us.”

So, there you have it.  Until Evans wound it back a bit.

ME:  “Jokingly ambitious.”

Evans and Barwick exchanged glances right after that.  Would they agree?  Would they disagree?  Would it all kick off?  Were we witnessing an early tear in the fabric of Atlas Chasers?  Oooh!  So many questions!

Then Barwick, the quiet, measured bass playing archetype (think Bill Wyman or John Entwistle), sealed it.

TB:  “Yeah, jokingly ambitious, but we’re serious about it.”

Hopefully, at some point in the not too distant future, the members of Atlas Chasers will shake off the last vestiges of that self-effacement and completely own their ambition.  Sure, they’re only two singles in, but this band has something and, if they’re going to sweep all before them and go off the way they should, they’re going to need all the swagger and self-belief they can muster.

Naked ambition isn’t a common thing in tall-poppy Perth.  There’s loads of quiet determination in the Perth music scene, plenty of talent, but nowhere near enough ambition.  Atlas Chasers should fill every venue on their upcoming tour just because they’re willing to go out on that limb and you should go watch them because, whether the limb breaks under them or this tour is a launchpad to stratospheric success, either way it’s going to be worth going along to watch.

The new single, ‘Fade Away’, is just about the perfect showcase for Evans’ soaring vocals and the band’s rock influences come through strongly in the reverb drenched verses and the driving chorus.  It’s a bit of a gem and there’s no wonder it’s been a staple of the Chasers’ live performances for a while now.

ME:  “We’ve been wanting to put this song out for a long time, so expectations are high.  It’s always been a good song.  We’ve been holding onto this for about a year now.  As a band, we really like playing it live, so hopefully people can see the comparison between the live version and the recording.

“The aim with this single is more exposure.  We just really wanted a product out there so people could see what we do.  And to have a music video with it is really good, because we want people to see what we do and who we are.  This single is quite different to the first single (’Bridges’), it’s a bit of a different balance, it’s a bit more in your face.

“And, now this one’s out, we’ll start pumping out as many as we can.”

So, Atlas Chasers are on the upswell; they’ve created a wave and they’re going to ride it just as far as it’ll take them.  And, they want to bring the scene along with them.

TB:  “We’re trying to build a scene of our own in Perth.  There’s not much of a rock scene in Perth at the moment and we’re trying to find bands ...”
ME:  “There’s so many great bands.  We’ve played so many bills with bands we’ve never heard of before, they keep just popping up out of nowhere.  There’s just so much good rock!  And we want to push that.”

Push it, push it real good!  That’s what we say.  And get on board, Perth.  If things go right - and who knows? rock and roll is such a tricky business - you’ll be waving these lads off at the airport soon on a national tour.  Next thing you know, we’ll be welcoming home Atlas Chasers as conquering heroes.  Get on board now and live the dream with them!

Catch Atlas Chasers live
14 June, Rosemount Hotel, North Perth
20 June, Amplifier, Perth
21 June, Settlers Tavern, Margaret River
22 June, Burlington Hotel, Bunbury
23 June, Rock Rover, Fremantle

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