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Interview: The Atom Age

The Atom AgeOakland’s surf-punk act The Atom Age are currently criss-crossing the States in support of their new Asian Man Records album, Hot Shame. We caught up with them while they had a few minutes of down time in Minneapolis to ask them a few questions over email about the album, the tour, and Star Wars versus Star Trek.

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The Atom Age

The Atom Age

Asian Man Records
By on October 1st, 2015 at Email

 

 

Oakland’s surf-punk act The Atom Age are currently criss-crossing the States in support of their new Asian Man Records album, Hot Shame. We caught up with them while they had a few minutes of down time in Minneapolis to ask them a few questions over email about the album, the tour, and Star Wars versus Star Trek.

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Video: The Atom Age – Wasteoid

Atom AgeOakland punk rock band The Atom Age have premiered a new music video featuring a brand new track.  The song is “Wasteoid” and comes from their upcoming new album, Hot Shame, due out August 28, 2015 via Asian Man Records.

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Tours: The Atom Age

The Atom AgeThe Atom Age has announced that they will be heading on tour with dates running through all of May.  The band continues to support their latest full length, The Hottest Thing That’s Cool, released in 2012 via Asian Man Records.

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The Atom Age - Kill Surf City

The Atom Age

Kill Surf City

Solidarity Recordings
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

“Angry Ska” – not a phrase heard often or referenced commonly.  Originally coined by forum goers when Reel Big Fish frontman Aaron Barett launched the short-lived side project The Forces Of Evil, there has been little reason to keep it in one’s vocabulary in pervious years.  I suppose that’s why it took me a while to land on a descriptor after several listens to California’s The Atom Age.  The brass inclusive five-piece plays with an expressive contempt clear in all elements of their aggressively titled debut full-length, Kill Surf City.

As one might expect, the whole affair projects a rather threatening tone.  Opener “Turn It Around” blasts off by layering on a combination of crunchy riffs and hostile drumming before a very low-played saxophone chimes in offering some quick, bluesy blasts.  And it shouldn’t be long before listeners clue in to the band’s distinct lack of an upstroke (which also explains my struggle for a ska diagnosis).  Compounding the irritated aura, vocalist Ryan Perras angrily rattles through egocentric lines, eventually retreating from the fore to let his equally irate bandmates cover during the track’s bridge.

As should be clear, the source of The Atom Age’s anger lays buried in a sense of prideful defiance.  For instance, in “Baby Says” the band follows a completely obsessed ex-boyfriend who just won’t take a hint.  Meanwhile in “Atom Man,” vocalist Ryan “Kwon Doe” Perras professes in an antagonizing tone “Atom Man, that’s something I am, just can’t cover it up, Atom Man, the good and the bad, just can’t get enough,” pleading listeners to shamelessly “cash in while [they still] can,” revealing an underlying every-man-for-himself selfishness.

Amidst their “wishing the worst” sentiment, there’s also an adventurous instrumental spirit.  Take “One Minute To Midnight” for instance.  Between angry bursts the band experiments with an oddball saxophone and guitar solo heavy on the discord.  Other times, as found on “A.I.,” the band embraces its saxophone’s jazzy roots thanks to a slowly advancing, bluesy beat.  These thoughtful extras embellish the album, helping distinguish The Atom Age from the ska-punk status quo.

So the question remains, how much anger can one take?  Well, as it turns out, fourteen tracks of well-written sarcastic cynicism is surprisingly invigorating.  It’s like pummeling a punching bag until your arms feel weighted down by an unconquerable burden – there’s an exhausting yet therapeutic quality to hearing The Atom Age vent.

Brazen, self-centered and rude, Kill Surf City stands as a harshly critical, self-destructive exersize in unmediated anger.  Certainly worth pulling out for those self-centered, egocentric days.

The Atom Age - The Hottest Thing That’s Cool

The Atom Age

The Hottest Thing That’s Cool

Asian Man Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Two years after their distinct debut, California “angry-ska” quintet The Atom Age has returned with a new dose of malevolence in their sophomore effort, The Hottest Thing That’s Cool.  Everything that there was to like about Kill Serf City remains a given, with a fresh batch of tunes reinforcing the band’s previously proven foundation, with – dare I say – even more confidence and aggression.

Push and cut to the front of the line – Alright! Alright!!” belts vocalist Ryan Perras, wasting no time in expressing his irritation at the onset of opener “Dig The Future.”  One track later, his innate frustration bleeds steadily into the decapitation referencing “Cut, Paste & Kill” – the track’s momentum revving with an in-your-face tempo and boisterous gang vocals.  The band’s trademark dark humour remains well intact on tracks like the arrogant, “Kiss The Ring” with the ego-inflating, assertion to “remember who you’re talking to, bow down bow down, kiss the ring!”  The band’s domineering Rocket From The Crypt-inspired confidence shines through in all levels, always bolstered by a prevailing saxophone and the resolute stomp of crunching riffs.  Serving as the strongest of the batch, the title track closes the album with gavel pounding authority.

While the majority of The Hottest Thing That’s Cool sticks close to the status quo, a few new elements surface on the back half.  The most notable departure rises doubly in the tempo reduction and organ infusion defining “Dead Wrong.”   Playing out like a lazy (but still angry) organ-led ska tune loosely inspired by Tim Armstrong or The Slackers, the appealing organ hum proves that The Atom Age has plenty of opportunity for expansion, and most importantly a platform from which to further develop their career.

The Atom Age has made the audio-equivalent to a fistfight – The Hottest Thing That’s Cool will leave you black and blue and full of adrenaline.  Some may find the seemingly bottomless well of aggression too much to stomach (weaklings!), but those of us who survive the ensuing scuffle will surely walk away all the stronger.

Tours: The Atom Age / Down By Law

The Atom AgeThe Atom Age will be heading on tour this month in Canada with headliners Down By Law, in support of their sophomore album titled The Hottest Thing That’s Cool. This album was released by Asian Man Records last May. The band will be completing their U.S. tour a day before they begin this upcoming tour.

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The Atom Age Streams Upcoming Full Length

The Atom AgeEast Bay’s The Atom Age has launched a full album stream of their upcoming release, The Hottest Thing That’s Cool,  over on DyingScene.  Give the full disc a spin here.

The album, which will be released on Asian Man Records, is due out on May 29th. The record can be pre-ordered here and the the first 100 orders come with the band’s first release, Kill Surf City, on vinyl.

Watch for our full review early next week.

Tours: The Atom Age

The Atom AgeEast Bay’s The Atom Age are about to head out on tour throughout June in support of their upcoming release, The Hottest Thing That’s Cool. The dates are below.

The album, which will be released on Asian Man Records, is due out on May 29th. The record can be pre-ordered here and the the first 100 orders come with the band’s first release, Kill Surf City, on vinyl.

 

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Video: The Atom Age – Kill Surf City

The Atom Age have just released a new music video for the song “Kill Surf City.”  The track appears on their debut full-length album of the same name, which was released in 2010 on Solidarity Recordings.

The video can be seen below.

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Tours: The Atom Age

Brooklyn’s The Atom Age are heading out on a two month tour across the US and parts of Canada in support of their new album Kill Serf City.  The tour just begun in Northern California, and will be heading down south before venturing across the south and Midwest. The dates are below.

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Videos: The Atom Age – Baby Says

Solidarity RecordingsThe Atom Age have just released their first official music video for the song Baby Says. The track appears on their debut full-length album, Kill Surf City, which was released this past March on Solidarity Recordings.

The video can be seen below.

The Atom Age just announced a string of new tour dates which can be seen here.

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The Atom Age Embark On US Tour

This week, Solidarity Recordings artist The Atom Age will be heading out for a summer tour across the US.  The tour will see them supporting their latest release, Kill Surf City, in a number of dates from coast to coast.

Exact dates can be found below.


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