Air Traffic Control (band)
|Air Traffic Control|
|Origin||Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Labels||Fontana North Distribution
Universal Music Canada
Air Traffic Control is a power pop/rock band hailing from Nova Scotia's South Shore, not to be confused with the separate Boston based Air Traffic Controller. The band has a history that predates even its current name. Brothers Kirk and Jordi Comstock made their first foray into music while in elementary school. By 1991, both were playing all-ages shows in and around their hometown of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and it was only a matter of time before they would plant the seed of what would eventually become one of the Maritimes' biggest cult followings.
Originally founded under the Madhat moniker, they recruited a bassist (one of nearly a half-dozen who would come and go until 2005) and released the independent EP Freak in 1993. This received the attention of local radio station CKBW who would feature the trio prominently through local programming bringing Madhat to a wider audience.
1995 would bring about Hardhitters, the band's second EP followed by Full Length in 1998, the boys' first full-length effort. The critical success of the latter elevated Madhat to a national audience.
In 2005, Madhat renamed themselves Air Traffic Control. They released a new self-titled album on February 12, 2005 to critical acclaim and garnering a nomination for New Group of the Year at the Nova Scotia Music Week conference. The trio's opening track, 'Feel Proud' was selected as the title song for the Electronic Arts game Rugby 2005 and has been featured in the YTV series 15 Love.
- 1993 - Freak (as Madhat)
- 1995 - Hardhitters (as Madhat)
- 1998 - Full Length (as Madhat)
- 2000 - From the Outside (as Madhat)
- 2002 - To the World (as Madhat)
- 2005 - Air Traffic Control
- 2007 - To Be Free
- Official website
- "Atlantic Buzz: Air Traffic Control Are Madhatters No More". Chart. 2005-02-04. Retrieved 2009-08-25.
- Independent review
- Independent review
- ECMA Profile