Atlas EP Review & Underwater Picnic Interview
Fresh, upbeat, and spanking new! Underwater Picnic are set to release their debut EP Atlas on March 1st of this year. To my surprise, the band took a turn with their sound which is pretty damn refreshing. I was very excited once this new EP got to me; to hear new, creative vibes like this is truly inspiring for me as a writer.
Atlas will capture you with its vigorous vocals, thumping basslines, syncopated drums and dominant guitar riffs. Speaking of the guitar, the band is able to achieve a certain guitar jangle which is ridiculous; it continuously lures you in wanting to replay each track. And when it comes to the vocals, prepare yourself to fall in love. When comparing Underwater Picnic’s first release Losing Fast to Atlas, the vocals are completely different. Atlas carries a certain attitude; fun backing vocals add some spunk and enlightenment. A perfect example of this is opening track Burn the Past. All honestly, since my first listen of this song, all I catch myself singing are its lyrics. Some charming bits to look out for would be when the band screams “Woah oh woah oh oh!” in the distant background of the track. Man, is it a belter. For me, the song all comes together within a single sentence, “welcome to the centre of the universe”; a total joy to sing aloud.
Next up on the EP is track Let’s Get Lost- a true spark of originality. The song takes you through a musical adventure; the drums in the verses make you want to dance your ass off, while the almost breakdown-like bridge has the ability to make you toss your head around whist rocking out, and then the chorus comes along, and the dancing kicks right back in.
Remission on the other hand is less of a dance song, yet a showing of Underwater Picnic’s new direction. Some delightful moments of the track to look out for is the light guitar sound which spirals around raw and kinetic vocals, and the overlaps in the song which really let the falsetto stand out. All in all, Underwater Picnic let Remission shine as a great finisher to the EP.
The band love to create music for their fans to love, and Atlas gives people the music they’ll want to hear. Underwater Picnic created an EP that’s attractive not only with its music but also its artwork. And in the end, I couldn’t find one thing to dislike about Atlas. I’m truly delighted I took this three-track journey. And even more so, I’m extremely glad of what this group has accomplished. So with all the excitement in the air and new music in our ears, the lads from Underwater Picnic took the time to speak with AMBY about dance moves, upcoming music videos, and of course, Atlas!
AMBY: Hey there Underwater Picnic! How is everyone doing?
UWP: Hey AMBY! We’re great thanks!
AMBY: I can’t believe I’ve never asked you this, but how did the band get their name?
UWP: Unfortunately there’s no great story, we just all came up with names, and then picked the one we liked the most.
AMBY: UWP’s sound has taken quite the dramatic change from Losing Fast to the new EP Atlas. How would you describe your sound in three words?
UWP: Fancy, Dancey, No-Pantsy
AMBY: Speaking of Atlas, it is absolutely fabulous. What’s your favourite track off it and why?
UWP: Ah thanks so much! Remission would be our favorite because it’s a lot of fun to play live, particularly the bridge. Also watching people’s reaction to the ending can be quite fun too.
AMBY: For me, Burn the Past is a stand-out track on the EP! Where did the idea for the song come from?
Pierce: I was just noodling around on the guitar one day, and came up with the main riff, and thought it sounded quite bouncy so I showed to the guys and it evolved from there. As for the lyrics, it’s the same with all our songs really, they’re usually written about stuff I’ve been dwelling on in my head. Sorry to get all serious all of a sudden!
AMBY: If you weren’t in a band what would you be doing?
Ben: Sitting around my house doing nothing on a Saturday, instead of having band practice. That would suck!
Dec: Probably working when I’m usually at band practice, so glad I’m not doing that.
Pierce: Probably just college, and probably making music separately to the band.
Eoghan: Probably ruling a small sovereign state.
AMBY: The EP has a very dancey vibe all throughout. If you could do one dance move for the rest of your life, which would it be?
Ben & Pierce: It would have to be the safety dance!
Dec: Dream hands.
Eoghan: Whatever move John Travlota is doing these days.
AMBY: What do you think of garden gnomes? (Sorry, but we needed at least one serious question!)
UWP: The more you have, the less people you know.
AMBY: I know the band members take an interest in film-making and art. So is there a video in the works?
UWP: Not one but two videos in the works! The first one will hopefully be out shortly after the EP release and the second sometime after that.
AMBY: Favourite five bands? GO!
Ben: Foals, Bastille, Enter Shikari, Eatenbybears and SPIES.
Eoghan: (Hardest question you could ever ask me) Foals, Manchester Orchestra, TV On The Radio, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Bon Iver
Dec: Enter Shikari, Blood Red Shoes, Biffy Clyro, Flobots.
Pierce: Foals, Bloc Party, Enter Shikari, TTNG, and LITE
AMBY: What part of the world would you like to play most?
UWP: Probably Australia, Canada or Japan!
AMBY: What was the best moment you had while recording Atlas?
UWP: The best moment would probably be getting the first mixes back after recording, although they obviously weren’t perfect it was so great hearing our tracks like that after all the work we had put into them.
AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?
Ben: The rising popularity of Irish bands on the music scene!
Dec: The release of the EP and hope it gets us far.
Pierce: Bringing ATLAS to new people, and hopefully where we’ve never played before! Also Foals new album…
Eoghan: Weren’t we meant to have flying cars by now? I hope we get them in 2013.
AMBY: And for our last question, what’s something about Underwater Picnic that nobody knows yet?
UWP: We drink an insane amount.. of tea.
Be sure you keep an eyes on UWP’s pages tomorrow for all their announcements on Atlas! Until then, you can listen to their great track Losing Fast. And last but not least, thank you so much Underwater Picnic, for giving us your answers!
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