Formed in summer 2011, Atlas : Empire began as vocalist/guitarist Steven Gillies (ex-The Ocean Fracture) and producer/multi-instrumentalist Jamie Sturt (This Silent Forest, A Coalescence Cascade, OYD).
Steven and Jamie had worked together before in various projects, but for the first time they would be able to incorporate a huge range of influences, free from genre limitations.
Taking ideas that Steven had been working on since the demise of his previous band and re-writing/developing them - in the space of a few weeks they had written a handful of songs, combining synth-driven electronica, progressive alt. rock with expansive, angular post-hardcore. It became apparent that more musicians were required to give these songs the scope they demanded, this quickly lead to David Stephen (A Coalescence Cascade, ex-The Vandelays) joining the band on bass,vocals and also taking the reins as co-producer. The band drafted in Paul McArthur (Salo, ex-The Ocean Fracture) as temporary drummer and made their live debut in August of 2011.
In September the band began self-recording their first collection of songs, while starting to look for a permanent drummer. Through recommendation from a mutual friend, Steven got in touch with drummer Jonny Gormley, who at that time was playing in alt. rock band Southpaw, emailing him work-in-progress mixes. Jonny officially joined the band a week later, after just one rehearsal.
The remainder of that year saw Atlas : Empire play a handful of gigs in various Glasgow venues, honing their craft as a live band, whilst constantly writing new, more progressive material.
In January 2012, the band enlisted acclaimed producer Chris Gordon (Song of Return, Pareto, Lightguides) to mix and master 4 of the songs they had recorded, entitling the EP 'To the Astronaut..'. Soon after, Atlas : Empire were featured on Ally McCrae's BBC Introducing radio show, as well as several independent radio shows and blogs.
In March they comissioned Ayrshire-based media company Black Pepper Studios to shoot a promotional video for EP closer 'Who Watches The Watchmen?' and also Ohio's Three Bears Design to create the artwork for 'To the Astronaut...'
March also saw a new addition to the band, former Pareto and Sucioperro guitarist Dave Aird, expanding their sonic horizons even further.
In April, Atlas : Empire released 'To the Astronaut...' online through various digital retailers and began tracking their first full length album.
A mixture of forward-thinking alt.rock, ambient electronica and energetic post-hardcore.
Utilizing both live and programmed percussion, thunderous bass, layers of lush electronics, a wall of sky-scraping guitars and multiple vocals to melt your face
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