Atlas Road Crew - Halfway To Hopkins

 

Met ' Halfway To Hopkins ' heeft de band uit Charleston, South Carolina een meer dan uitstekend debuut album afgeleverd. 

De band is ontstaan onder leiding van zanger en gitarist Taylor Nicholson die samen met studenten van de Universiteit van South Carolina Atlas Road Crew heeft opgericht. 

De muziek van de band is misschien het beste te omschrijven als ' Southern Rock and Soul'. Op het elf nummers durende album horen we de band met een aanstekelijk enthousiasme haar nummers ten gehore brengen. Natuurlijk zijn er referenties naar andere bands te maken , maar de band klinkt het meest als  de Atlas Road Crew. Wat mij betreft is dit een groot compliment waard. De komt begin volgend jaar van januari tot maart een tour doen door Europa. Mocht je in de gelegenheid zijn ga dan zeker kijken. De band zal je zeker niet teleurstellen.

 

ATLAS ROAD CREW INTERVIEW

*October 7, 2015*


What are you listening to lately?  


We listen to a lot of different music because we spend so much time in the van driving. For long drives, we listen live performances of The Grateful Dead, Phish, & Widespread Panic - we also listen to studio albums by J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Moon Taxi, The Districts, & classics like The Rolling Stones / Led Zeppelin. 


Which line/phrase on your album is your favorite and could you try to explain why?


“And if the feelings wrong where we belong, we’ll all move on again” from our song “I Want You To Know”. 

I think it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and know who is influencing your life and in what way. There’s no point in being unhappy with what you are doing, there’s plenty of opportunities out there - don’t ever sell yourself short. 


Which artist inspired you to become  artists yourself?


All of us in the band have different individual inspirations, but the common theme amongst us is the old school touring rock bands like The Rolling Stones, Skynyrd, & The Allman Brothers. 

Personally, I was inspired as a drummer by John Bonham and Travis Barker. Two completely different styles and eras, but two very talented people. When I was younger, I was also inspired by bands like Kings of Leon who started at such a young age - I think their guitar player was like 16 or something like that when he joined the band. 


What was the best show you ever played or felt the best vibe and what was the most embracing moment on stage?


Playing a hometown show in Columbia, South Carolina is always an amazing feeling. We just played a free show there in the streets about a month ago and almost 2000 people came out to see us. The energy was non stop and it was one of the best feelings on stage. 


What can we expect of your music  in the near future and what direction do you want to go with your music ?


We are constantly writing new music and experimenting with different sounds. I think the sound will naturally find us as we continue to grow as a band and figure out what works and what doesn’t. I think its bad to pigeon hole yourself as a band because it limits your creativity. What’s the point of being in a band if you have strict guidelines on what you can and cannot do? 


How would you describe your perfect day?


Anytime I don’t have to worry about anything but creating music with the band is a good day. And when the van cranks up - that’s always nice. 


What else do you do besides play music?


I work at a local guitar store and help other regional bands with their marketing. 


What is your favorite album by another artist?


Exile on Main Street - The Rolling Stones 


The  last question is perhaps the most important…… what question would you ask a performer if it was up to you  


I’d ask any of my favorite performers if they’d like to come out and have a drink with us.