Yessssssss – we’re featuring another kick ass band from our favorite backyard: Baltimore, MD. We’re perhaps a little more excited than usual to tell you about a band described as “early Paramore with an electronic shock” – an Electro Hard Pop-Rock outfit called Crashing Atlas. The group is a melting pot of artists from other great local bands that pulls in all the right strengths; powerful riffs, beautiful vocals, and a kick-ass presence. Happily, we can report there’s an album to back up all of this bravado, a collection Crashing Atlas calls Ascend. The band gave us the download on what to expect from the music:
“When fans finally get to listen to the whole EP, I hope they get a sense of being able to rise up from any bad situation in their lives and going to a better place. There are ways to better your life if you willing to fight for it. When we began the process of writing the EP, Blosk had the idea of centering the whole record around the word ASCEND, and it meant writing about visions of leaving what you don’t like in your life, to going to a utopian type of place. The songs came at different times, so they go from uplifting to the depths of your anger, before rising. We think people are really going to enjoy it! It’s been a long time coming and we’ve received a lot of positive feedback from those who have helped us with the EP, as well as some close friends who have gotten a sneak peek. Everyone seems to enjoy it, which is all we could ask for!” Click to https://www.crashingatlas.
XXQs: Crashing Atlas
PensEyeView.com (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out from others in your genre?
Crashing Atlas (CA): We label ourselves as Electronic Hard Pop. Our sound stretches across more than a few genres, and it combines a lot of current sounds. Our vocals are so sweet that you can hear on any pop station; combined with our hard driving sound, you have the makeups of what we were told is “early Paramore with an electronic shock”. We are always trying to stay in our pocket but give the listener something they wouldn’t expect.
PEV: What kind of music were you all into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?
CA: Between the four of us, our interests in music and what we listen to are vastly different. Doug grew up in a Rock-n-Roll family, listening to Tom Petty, Guns N’ Roses, and those alike. Felix, being a sound engineer, listens to a little bit of everything, but his first show that he can remember was Fall Out Boy. Blosk is really into older jazz and funk.
PEV: What was it like trying to break into the music scene in your hometown, when you first started out as a band? What was your first show like together as a band?
CA: Blosk, Felix, and Doug have been in previous bands before Crashing Atlas. We have been working the Baltimore scene for a few years now. We have a fantastic scene here in Baltimore; people here really enjoy live music so it’s a great city to start a band. Our first show together as Crashing Atlas was great because we got to perform for close friends and family. There were no nerves, because we were all seasoned enough to know what to expect…
PEV: What can fans expect from a live Crashing Atlas show?
CA: The audience to have an “Aha” moment, like they just found $20 in dirty jeans. We have an intensity on stage and we like to get people involved. Our vision for our live show is simple: Deliver the best show that the fans have seen in a long time. We want everyone to be able to go home afterwards feeling excited and inspired!
CA: The feeling that you feel at that moment is better than sex…so, usually nothing comes to mind, we just take it in and enjoy that feeling.
PEV: How has playing in Crashing Atlas been different from working with other artists or projects in the past?
CA: We have all played in countless other bands, but none with the work ethic that each member brings to the table in CA. We all do so much to make sure Crashing Atlas is a well-oiled machine.
PEV: What is the underlying inspiration for your music? Where do you get your best ideas for songs?
CA: Life. It can come from any direction. Sometimes you will hear a phrase and then the melody comes along with it; sometimes it starts with a riff that creates an emotion.
PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out, do you ever look back on your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?
CA: We have had many small successes in CA and we will continue to get those small successes until they explode into a giant one. We are still so young in our careers that we don’t look back much – we keep pushing forward.
PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about the members of Crashing Atlas?
CA: We all met on Craigslist. (Laughing)…and, we couldn’t be closer or get along any better.
PEV: What can fans expect from your latest album, Ascend? Tell us about the writing process behind this work.
CA: When they finally get to listen to the whole EP I hope they get a sense of being able to rise up from any bad situation in their lives and going to a better place. There are ways to better your life if you willing to fight for it. When we began the process of writing the EP, Blosk had the idea of centering the whole record around the word ASCEND, and it meant writing about visions of leaving what you don’t like in your life, to going to a utopian type of place. The songs came at different times, so they go from uplifting to the depths of your anger, before rising. We think people are really going to enjoy it! It’s been a long time coming and we’ve received a lot of positive feedback from those who have helped us with the EP, as well as some close friends who have gotten a sneak peek. Everyone seems to enjoy it, which is all we could ask for!
PEV: What is the feeling you get after a song or album is complete and you can sit back and listen to it in full?
CA: We love knowing that we could’ve just created something that can have a positive impact on somebody’s life. After we’re done with a song we are always trying to challenge ourselves to write a better one.
PEV: What would you say is the biggest challenge for musicians trying to make a name for themselves these days?
CA: Nowadays people have short attention spans and the loyal listener is fewer and further between. So finding those fans that support your whole career rather than just a single song is quite challenging.
PEV: With all your traveling, is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?
CA: I think there a ton of places that would be amazing to tour, but if we had to pick, we’d say Australia. As an artist being able to share your music with people on the other side of world would be a dream come true.
PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career? What’s it like when you get to play in your hometown?
CA: Our friends and family couldn’t be more supportive. We’ve all had incredible support since we were young and picked up our first instruments or started singing…there is nothing like playing in your hometown; it’s like completing the circle.
PEV: What can we find each of you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?
CA: We all find ways to pass time; Felix records of music for other artists, Doug is an active/sports nut, and Chris is into reviving his old house…but, there isn’t much spare time. If there is, then we’re not trying hard enough…
PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration. Why?
CA: We gave this one to Doug, and I think we all agree (even though there are a ton of artists that would be amazing to work with)…Present- Palisades. The way they structure their songs with intensity and beauty is something I personally want to have. They are all down to earth guys and we would love to do a track together.
Past- Scott Weiland from Stone Temple Pilots- RIP. He told stories and had a rock star vibe that is lost in today’s music. He was so versatile; he brought elements of jazz, country, and hip hop into the rocking tracks of STP. I would’ve loved to pick his brain for a few minutes about how he structures his songs.
PEV: Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?
CA: US (laughing)! No we love the guys in Awake At Last, they are a great band from Delaware, and they bring it every time they perform. They just released a new EP that is fantastic. Megosh from Baltimore is also another great band!
PEV: If playing music wasn’t your life (or life’s goal), what do you think each of you would be doing for a career?
CA: I don’t think there’s an answer to that. This is all we’ve ever wanted to do.
PEV: So, what is next for Crashing Atlas?
CA: We are taking some time to write even more music. So come check us out when we hit a city near you! Much Love!
For more information, click to https://www.crashingatlas.com/.