The Atmospherics are……
David Mangnall – Lead Vocals, guitar
Sam Snibson – Lead guitar, vocals
Matthew Yates – Bass, Backing vocals
Josh Longton – Drums, percussion, backing vocals
The Atmospherics are a young, energetic, Blackpool based, Indie-Rock band who are starting to create a name for themselves. They released a debut EP `Fast Heels and Four Play` in the summer of 2015, which was lauded by BBC Introducing. With radio plays across the USA, Canada, and Europe on Independent stations, the release was a great success for the young band, with a strong DIY ethic.
The Atmospherics played live shows throughout 2015, mainly in cities and towns across the north of England. With uplifting and catchy riffs, they are gaining plenty of fans along the way. With several small festivals also under their belt, they are looking forward to a very productive year ahead. New songs are in production and the band will be back in the studio soon to begin work on their next release in the coming months. A brand new single and video are being planned for late summer 2016.
With brilliant and encouraging feedback from established musicians in the industry such as Andy Watts (ex- The Seahorses) who described their debut EP as, “Great pop sensibilities, sonorous and rather ace” and Tom Hingley (ex- Inspiral Carpets) who described them as “A great band” the future looks exciting for the vibrant four-piece as they continue a very busy schedule of live dates throughout 2016, with shows in some renowned and respected venues.
The band also believe in having a strong connection with their fans and have an active social media presence and always make time for a chat after shows.
Answered by Josh Longton – percussionist
Who are your major influences?
Our influences are quite diverse. Sam likes his Muse and Radiohead. Matt likes Muse and The Beatles. I like bands like Circa Waves, Kaiser Chiefs and Catfish and the Bottlemen. Dave’s also into Catfish and Circa Waves, The Kooks, Seahorses but enjoys softer music as well like the Alex Turner acoustic stuff. We originally styled the band around The Arctic Monkeys. Our look, style, sound, stage presence. We soon noticed that to become successful we needed to find our own place on the music ladder, find our own sound and style but at the same time analyze what other successful indie rock bands are doing differently to get to where they are and in some ways use some of their ideas and structures and construct them into something special. The Atmospheric sound.
How long have you all known each other/ Where did you all meet?
We’ve known each other about 4-5 years. All of us met through our big friend circle. Matt and I went to school together, Dave is Matt’s cousin and had previously been in bands with him. Matt and Dave knew Sam through their friends and asked if he wanted to start a band with them. They then asked me to play drums for and that’s when our story began.
Where have you performed?
We’ve performed all over the place really. We have a big following in Sheffield. Big venues we have played at are The Ruby Lounge, King George’s Hall, RS bar (Royal Standard), Rocking Chair. We played at a festival called Travlines, which is where we got our biggest reaction so far! We had a crowd of about 200 people screaming our name and dancing to our songs. Gave me butterflies!
What are your favorite venues?
The Waterloo Pub, love playing there!
Who writes your songs?
We write our songs collectively, putting our ideas together from all our diverse influences. We usually write the melody before we write the lyrics which we’re told is a bizarre way of doing it!
What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs?
I’d say the main topics of our songs revolve around the common problems of being in your teenage years, situations you face, problems you see, the lifestyle.
What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
In my opinion, the biggest challenge being in the band is finding what you’re all about. Creating your own original sound while taking ideas from other bands. When doing this you need to make sure you don’t stray too much towards sounding like other bands. You need to stand out from the competition at the end of the day. We’ve used this tactic but also make sure we keep an original sound. Where people will listen and think… This is The Atmospherics. That’s their sound.
The advice I’d give to other musicians wanting to start their own bands is pick musicians you have common interests with, who you get along with and obviously people who can play their instruments or who are willing to learn but don’t take it too seriously. At the end of the day, you’re doing it to have fun so enjoy yourself!
Do you have any upcoming shows?
We have Eaglefest and Darwen Live this weekend.
We’re also excited about being involved at Tramlines in Sheffield in July. We’re playing at the RS Bar. We have several small festivals lined up throughout the summer including Eaglefest, Travlines, Elefest, Darwen Live, Vulcan Fest and Woodmanfest. We aren’t taking too many gigs due to recording plans….but we are delighted to be associated and supported by Scruff Of The Neck Records who have been singing our praises so could be further gigs down the line promoted by them.
How can fans-to-be gain access to your music?
You can find us everywhere! YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, google play! Or if fans live locally they can come collect a signed EP off us and can take a cheeky picture with us
Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD?
We’re currently in the process of making a website which should be up and running soon. We’re going into the studio late August to record our single; we record hopefully this could be a turning point for the band.
WEAPON OF CHOICE – Keytar
MANOVEURES – Eaglefest and Darwen Live this weekend.
OBJECTIVE – Hopefully selling out shows in medium sized venues
BASE – Fleetwood
FOOTBALL – Liverpool FC
GUILTY PLEASURE – Justin Bieber
HERO – Steven Gerrard
VILLAIN – One Direction
THREADS – River Island
TROTTERS – Vans
AT THE BAR – Diet Coke when I’m being good but Fosters when I’m out
IN THE KITCHEN – Spaghetti Bolognese
GIG YOU WISHED YOU’D BEEN AT – Glastonbury 1994 to watch Oasis
SOUNDTRACK – Jurassic park
NIGHT OUT WITH ANYONE – The crew from Geordie Shore! Oy oy!
FILM – I love ALL Marvel films
TOP 3 TUNES OF ALL TIME – T-Shirt Weather – Circa Waves, Pacifier – Catfish and the Bottlemen, Foo Fighters- Hero.
TOP OF THE POPS – I don’t like how most music in the charts etc nowadays is all computerised and over produced. You don’t seem to have raw bands topping the charts anymore. However, some chart stuff is good for having a dance to when you’ve had a few drinks!
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