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INTERVIEW: North Atlas

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been? 

Good thank you, enjoying the Scottish Winter. Although it’s pretty much like the Scottish Summer but with xmas songs

Can you talk to us more about your new single “Volcanoes”? 

To us Volcanoes has a melancholy feel, explores reflective thoughts and puts across the band exactly how it was intended… with big chorus’

Did any event inspire you to write this song? 

The original inspiration for the song came from a ‘crunky’ drump loop like the Big Pink ‘Dominoes’.

Any plans to release a video for the single? 

There is a video coming out soon. There’s been a bit of imagery put out there from it already, so the concept isn’t a secret!  It was something we shot mostly in the Highlands of Scotland and in Glasgow.

It’s about a young Pyro enthusiast who travels out to the mountains of Scotland to set off fireworks in the most remote and epic location possible, its about her journey (with her trusty Charmander backpack) from a small town in Scotland through Glasgow and on to the wildest parts of the country.

How was the recording and writing process? 

The song was written on an acoustic guitar with the Big Pink style drum loop playing through. It came very naturally, the melody and melancholy lyrics were there straight away.

When it came time to record (the final version) it felt exciting, like we were making something we could all get behind.

What was it like to work with Dan Weller and how did that relationship develop? 

It was great working with Dan. We got along very well, and shared more than a few Whiskey driven conversations about heavy metal music.

I think we all had a comprehensive idea of what we were trying to achieve with the music, there really was no confusion or fumbling with ideas.

How did he get to influence the song? 

Having worked with Enter Shikari Dan understood well how to incorporate electronics with guitars, something which we are great admirers of from bands like Awolnation and Pendulum.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along? 

There are no plans for an album yet. Although we would like to record an album in the Arctic. Like, in an igloo studio, I think we’d feel right at home.

Any plans to hit the road? 

Playing live is what we’ve come to enjoy most about this band. Meeting new people and bands who care about music, it’s like nothing else, refreshing, inspiring and just good fun. We’ll see what 2018 brings.

What else is happening next in North Atlas’ world? 

A lot of writing, trying to stay inspired and continue the search for new and interesting ideas, always keep pushing the boat out.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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