Atlas founders, Jon Miller and Mike Slobodian, met while performing with another group known as The Two Steps. Throughout the process of releasing two albums and traveling on several DIY tours the two men wanted to take musical ventures in another direction. They were searching for a new sound, attempting to get away from the Alt-country vibe of “The Two Steps” Slobodian and Miller acquired rock drumming powerhouse, Nick McCall. McCall was a man behind the beats for the notable band The Saturn Five.
Nick’s innovative percussion gave the then three piece band a solid foundation to stand on. In the fall of 2010, the band headed to Treelady Studios with New York City music producer Gilbert Ott III (Phoenix, Anberlin) to record their debut album. At the time Miller and Slobodian were sharing the duties of Lead and Rhythm as well as bass guitar. Miller was fronting the band as the lead singer but was itching to focus on being the bands multi-instrumentalist.
In the spring of 2011, Miller went to see the local Pittsburgh act “Ready Room” Ready Room’s front man and bassist was Eric Emerson from Baltimore Maryland of the band “The Frauds” After being completely blown away by Eric’s performance with Ready Room, Atlas set out to acquire Eric as their full time bassist and future front man. With the lineup now complete, in the spring of 2011 the debut E.P. titled “Atlas” was released.
Throughout the next year the band played shows throughout the East Coast and Mid-West, slept on floors and the side of the road, performed at every opportunity they could, from basements, to bars to festivals, Atlas became a full time job. In the summer of 2012, drummer Nick McCall decided it was time to take his life in a different direction. He fell in love with the upper West Coast and dreamed of moving to an area in a cooler climate where he could pursue snowboarding.
The search for McCall’s replacement had begun. Atlas held a month of auditions to find the man who take over the rhythm section. Atlas’s new drummer would end up being Scottish born Graeme Louden.
It was time to put their past success and failures behind them and move on. The new four piece went back to the drawing board and started to write. Shortly after, they went into pre-production on what become their second release.
In January of 2013, Atlas released their sophomore album, “Shapes.” Prior to the release, Atlas performed live on air for Clear Channel’s 102.5 WDVE and 105.9 and were featured on iHeartRadio. The music video is for the opening song on the album, “Shapes and Fake Designs”. The live performance was filmed and recorded at Atlas’ sold out CD release party, a meteor shower and while driving through their hometown of Pittsburgh, PA by Joseph Stammerjohn. Not only is Stammerjohn a good friend of Atlas, but he is the owner and director of Eyes to the Sky films, based in Pittsburgh.
Atlas is currently traveling the east coast in support of their new album with stops in, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and neighboring states. Along with touring the coast, Atlas has not stopped writing and collaborating. Atlas plans to go into pre-production starting in the Fall of 2013 and debuting their third album in early 2014. Keep your ears peeled for more details, but in the meantime check out Atlas Sounds.