Lower Than Atlantis
|Lower Than Atlantis|
Lower Than Atlantis at Rock am Ring, 2015
|Origin||Watford, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom|
|Genres||Alternative rock, hardcore punk, hard rock, indie rock, post-hardcore|
|Labels||Thirty Days of Night, A Wolf at Your Door, Island, Sony Music Entertainment|
|Associated acts||Aboycalledhero, We Stare at Mirrors|
|Past members||Stephen Minter
Lower Than Atlantis are an English rock band, formed in 2007 and based in Watford, Hertfordshire. The band currently consists of lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Mike Duce, bassist Declan Hart, drummer Eddy Thrower and lead guitarist Ben Sansom. The band released their debut EP Bretton in 2008. Their first full-length album Far Q was released in 2010.
Formation, Bretton and Far Q (2007–10)
Lower Than Atlantis formed in 2007 while the members were attending college. Guitarist Ben Sansom asked guitarist Mike Duce if he wished to form a band with Ben's brother Luke, who would provide vocals. Alongside them was bassist Richard Wilkinson and drummer Matt Britz. Ben and Luke Sansom, and Britz had previously been in Aboycalledhero. Around this time, they released Demo 2007. Following line-up changes, such as the addition of drummer Joshua Pickett, bassist Stephen Minter, and Duce becoming the band's frontman, they begun working on what would become their first EP, Bretton. Duce taught himself how to sing and play guitar at the same time while playing along to the band's Demo 2007 release. Bretton was released in December 2008. In June 2009, the band toured with We Stare at Mirrors. Through this tour, drummer Eddy Thrower met Duce and Sansom. We Stare at Mirrors bassist Declan Hart "thought Lower Than Atlantis were meth-heads. Their reputation was just mental." Partway through the touring cycle for the EP, the band had further line-up changes.
They recorded their next release and first full-length album, Far Q, with Daniel Lancaster (of Hertfordshire band Proceed) at Studio Glasseye in Hatfield, England. It was released in March 2010 on A Wolf at Your Door Records in the UK, under the Distort Entertainment label in Canada and for rest of Europe under Redfield Records on limited Mediabook-CD and limited white vinyl. This release retained some element of the band's punk roots whilst gearing itself more towards post-hardcore/melodic hardcore influences. Before that Redfield Records release a 10" split-vinyl in February 2010 with the single Far Q together with tracks from Grace.Will.Fall, Talk Radio Talk and MNMTS.
World Record (2011)
Their second full-length album, World Record, was recorded at Outhouse Studios in Reading, England, and released via Sumerian Records/A Wolf at Your Door Records on 25 April 2011. It took strong alternative rock influences from bands such as Jimmy Eat World and Foo Fighters. World Record saw the band make a significant breakthrough both in terms of growth at live shows and radio airplay.
Island Records and Changing Tune (2012–13)
At the last show of their headline tour in support of second album World Record on 27 January 2012, the band announced that they had signed to Island Records. They then played a string of festivals such as Hit the Deck, Camden Crawl, Slam Dunk, Download, Y Not, Hevy and the Festival Republic Stage at Reading & Leeds festivals, all in the summer of 2012. On 14 September 2012, Lower Than Atlantis were the penultimate act at Butserfest and headlined Underground Festival on 30 September in Gloucester.
The band's third album Changing Tune, recorded early in 2012 at Rockfield Studios in Wales, was released on 1 October 2012, reaching no. 25 in the UK Official Album Charts. The album was accompanied by a UK headline tour that started in Exeter on 1 October and finished in London on 11 October. The album's first single, "Love Someone Else", was premiered on Zane Lowe's evening show on Radio 1 on 16 July 2012. This single had a similar sound to World Record.
The band recorded a Christmas single entitled "Merry Christmas (Wherever You Are)" in 2012. After its premier on Zane Lowe's show, the hashtag #LTAforchristmasnumber1 became one of the top trending hashtags in the UK on Twitter. The track was also featured in the Christmas episode of Made in Chelsea.
Sony Records and Lower Than Atlantis (2014–present)
On 29 April 2014, the band announced through their Facebook and Twitter pages that they had signed to Sony Records and that their new album would be released via the label.
Duce and Thrower worked with Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer. Duce co-wrote and contributed to vocal production for their song "Heartache On the Big Screen" which appears as a b-side on "She Looks So Perfect". Thrower contributed to additional production and programming for the songs "Don't Stop" and "If You Don't Know".
On 2 June 2014, Lower Than Atlantis announced via Twitter that their upcoming 4th album would be self-titled, they also set a release date of 29 September 2014 and announced they would be doing a July tour.
In July and into the start of August, Lower Than Atlantis went on a UK tour with Decade and Yearbook.
On 12 August 2014, the band released the second single from their self-titled 4th album, 'English Kids In America', along with a Music Video which was compiled from tour footage from their trip to America. The song was first played on BBC Radio One.
In December 2014, Lower than Atlantis announced details of a UK & Ireland tour. In April 2015, front man Mike Duce spoke to GiggingNI.com about their musical direction, songwriting and past travels to Ireland. 
On September 18, 2015 the band released "Get Over It". The song had been recorded three weeks prior. A music video for the song was directed by Andrew Groves. Thrower came up with the concept for the video, Duce explained that the band have "done a few different bits on this record and I think we wanted something that was direct but also a little more cinematic."
- Studio albums
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