Band of Horses, the national, Kings of Leon, wilco
Taylor Smith - Guitar & Vocals, Scott Nash - Guitar, Scott Robinson - Keys, Callum Nash - Drums, Dave Tucker - Bass
Modest Mouse, wilco, Fugazi, The National
The Atlas Mountains are a 5-piece indie rock outfit, formed in 2009 in Perth, Western Australia. The band has released three full length albums, with their third album – Stuck in Hope Valley – released on the 21st of November, 2015. The bands straight up rock persuasions have just a hint of alt country thanks to Taylor Smith’s native Tennesseean twang and enduring love of country and gospel music.
The band’s debut album, Sanskrit Owl, was recorded in its entirety in one day in an abandoned Perth warehouse with local producer James Newhouse. It was well received by Australia’s national alternative youth station Triple J, with presenter Vijay Khurana saying of the first single (Time Waits for No One):
"Doves meets Drones could be an appropriate epithet here. A wild and weary sound and a voice that paces in cramped circles, over and over. Beautiful."
Since their inception the band has shared the stage with hundreds of local and national acts, including ARIA nominees Oh Mercy (Melbourne) and Ruby Boots (Lost Highway Records). The Mountains have had their music featured on advertising for the Curtin University of Technology, been broadcast on independent radio throughout the US and Europe, and have performed live on both commercial (The Mix 94.5) and independent (RTR FM) radio stations in WA.
The bands second feature album, A Splendid Diagnosis, was released in September 2011, and the band was soon after contacted by independent Italian film maker Lorenzo Cammisa, who featured the single Box Wine in his 2013 released short film, La Rapina. After a brief absence exacerbated by births, deaths, weddings and visa woes, the Mountains returned to the stage in 2012 to critical reviews:
“The Atlas Mountains, were up next, returning to the live scene after a bit of a hiatus to put on a masterful performance. Though it was a great set from the whole band, special mention must go to front man Taylor Smith, who charmed and amused the crowd in equal measure” The AU Review, Simon Clark, 2012
“The crowd needed little encouragement to get close and friendly as they channelled Cold War Kids and early Coldplay. There's something joyful in The Atlas Mountains music - even in the melancholic moments - that's undeniable. So when the group unleashed an all-out rock attack, finally letting the melodies run free, the crowd went right with them in a wonderfully cathartic moment.” Faster Louder, 2012.
Recording of the third album began in 2013 at Reel2Reel Studios. Now completed, and mastered by Grammy Award winning (2013; Gotye, Somebody That I Used to Know) William Bowden at King Willy Sound, the new album 'Stuck In Hope Valley' was released on 21st of August 2015.