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Can you introduce yourself and the band to our readers?
Gustav: We're five guys in our prime trying to make a dime out of playing rock 'n roll music. No, but really, we're just five good friends dedicated to writing what we think is good music and our goal is to travel the world and perform the songs in front of as many people as we can! Prefferably loud as fuck. Kind of!
Your last album “State of Unrest” came out in May 2011. 2 years have passed since then. What have you been up to?
Gustav: We've been touring and touring around Europe and Brazil, and then in the midst of touring we stopped and recoded a 7” with acoustic versions of songs + an unreleased track from the 'State of Unrest' sessions. Then a little more than a year ago we started working on our third album which we are finalizing right now. It's to be released in 2014! So excited for that! That's basically it I guess. The new album being the most important thing that I mentioned. It's gonna be a skullcrackin', bloodsheddin', eyerippin' piece of art. Did I mention I was excited for it!?
Do you already know when your next album will come out?
Gustav: Yeah! Next year, around spring if everything goes according to plan!
What can we expect from your next album?
Stefan: You can expect the same members evolved as musicians. The same band but with new and natural steps taken, both musically and lyric-wise.
State of unrest was 2011, we took a step further and created a monster.
Gustav: A darker side of Atlas and more of all of our different influences – forged into something great. It's more simple, but in some terms also more complex. I think it will be an album of great variety. I don't want to say too much, but we are all really happy with the results, and we really took great turns in all directions, but whatever you think when I say that, it's still Atlas. Everything is 100% made by us, the songs are written, produced and recorded by ourselves, because we want and need that control over our music. Everything we do will always be ALG, no matter what we choose to do, and people are going to hear that and appreciate and love the new album! No doubt!
What have been your influences, inspirations for the new album? or in general?
Gustav: Basically we said, when we started to work on the material, that no matter what we think about a piece of music, we dont' ditch the song until we've completed it. Everything we started on, be it a riff or whatever, we turned it into a song. We didn't want to limit ourselves in any way with this new album. We have grand pianos, cellos, trumpets, mandolins and organs in there, the most important thing in the end is going to be the song anyway, no matter the package in which the songs are delivered. Be it drums, bass, guitar and vocals – or just a flute and an acoustic guitar. If the song is good, it won't matter... Get me?!
Stefan: In general - too many influences to mention 'em all. Everything from country to death metal. This album is a lot influenced by thin lizzy, kent, early metallica and everything in between.
Do any member of the band have a side project?
Gustav: Several! I have a side project called Nerve . Julian has Sista Sekunden and Rodrigo has Ursut
The acoustic 7 inch, was it something just for fun or you plan on doing some thing like this again?
Gustav: It was not something we did just for fun. We toured on that and played in-store acoustic shows across germany, and we also did a full set unplugged show at a local bar in our hometown. We like to do these kinds of things, because it broadens your perspectives on the songs and it's great to be able to play a little more dynamic and soft too.. It's a lot of fun! We will def do more of this in the future.
In the lyrics, you speak a lot about procrastination and people not being happy with what they have. Is it something personal or something that you notice a lot in society and you don’t like?
Rodrigo: Not sure if you are reffering to a specific song or the lyrics in general. Most of my lyrics these days are more on the personal level... I find no pleasure in writing songs about a society I would prefer to have no part in. But I guess my mind is more on the coming album rather than State of Unrest which you are probably refering to...
Can you talk a bit about the swedish scene. What’s new over there?
Well there are new bands popping up here and there. Check out Terrible Feelings and Vånna Inget. Saw this really cool band called ”Night” last week. Really oldschool heavy metal. Oh you were speaking about the punk rock scene?!
What are your favorite albums of 2013?
Gustav: Jake Bugg – Shangri La
Daughter – If You Leave
Phosphorescent – Muchacho
Chvrches – The Bones of What You Believe
You seem to tour a lot in Italy. Do you have a big fan base there or you just like this country a lot?
Gustav: We've been there quite a bit, but not as much as we would like to. It's a great country and our last tour a month ago turned out to be really great, so we're definitely going back next year with the new album, but then again we will be all over the world all the time...
Stefan: We try to break new grounds in Italy... We just toured up north before and we wanna reach out to new people all over the country.
The fan base is getting bigger forevery tour.
Is there a question you always wanted to be asked in an interview, but never did? Or a subject you really care about and that you want to talk about?
Stefan: Heavy Metal!
This show in Nyon was not part of a tour? We really enjoyed the show. Did you like it?
Stefan: I had a really good time on stage! It was my birthday and playing a show is always a nice way to celebrate and remember the day!
What are your projects for the next few months?
Gustav: We just finished recording the new album, we are going to mix it in December and work on the artwork. Basically just getting it ready for release! We are playing a festival in Brazil on the 22nd of Dec, that will be the last show of this year.
Do you have some bands to recommend to our readers?
Stefan: Indecision Alarm, Hårda Tider
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