Lower Than Atlantis

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Lower Than Atlantis
Origin Watford, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Genres Alternative rock, indie rock, melodic hardcore, post-hardcore
Years active 2007–present
Labels Thirty Days of Night, A Wolf at Your Door, Distort Entertainment, Redfield, Sumerian, Island, Sony Music Entertainment
Members Mike Duce
Ben Sansom
Eddy Thrower
Dec Hart

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 Dec 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.


2007–10: Bretton and Far Q[edit]

The band released their debut EP, Bretton via Thirty Days of Night Records on 19 December 2008.[1] This release took on a hardcore punk sound which all but disappeared from the band's music after the release of Far Q. 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[2] 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.[3]

2011: World Record[edit]

Their second full-length album, World Record, was recorded at Outhouse Studios in Reading, England,[4] 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.

2012–13: Island Records signing and Changing Tune[edit]

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,[5] was released on 1 October 2012, reaching #25 in the UK Official Album Charts.[6] The album was accompanied by a UK headline tour that started in Exeter on 1 October and finished in London on 11 October.[7] 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.

They were the support act for All Time Low's UK tour during February 2013, and also played dates in the UK between 6–16 February and a date in Paris, France on 18 February.

In April 2013, the band embarked on their biggest UK headline tour to date, "The Fuck It to the Man Tour". On the tour, they had support from Dinosaur Pile-Up, The Xcerts and Blitz Kids.

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.[8]

2014–present: Sony Records signing and Lower Than Atlantis[edit]

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.[9]

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 November 2014. UK, magazine Rocksound rated Lower Than Atlantis as their #1 album of 2014. In the same month, the band supported A Day to Remember on their UK tour along with Decade.

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. [10]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details
2010 Far Q
2011 World Record
  • Released: 25 April 2011
  • Label: A Wolf at Your Door/Sumerian
2012 Changing Tune
  • Released: 1 October 2012
  • Label: Island
2014 Lower Than Atlantis


  • Bretton (2008)
  • Punk on the Covers (2010)


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2010 "Taping Songs Off the Radio" Far Q
2011 "Beech Like the Tree" World Record
"Deadliest Catch"
"(Motor) Way of Life"
2012 "If the World Was to End" Non-album single
"Love Someone Else" Changing Tune
"Merry Christmas (Wherever You Are)" Non-album single
2013 "Go on Strike" Changing Tune
"Something Better Came Along"
2014 "Here We Go" 86 Lower Than Atlantis
"English Kids in America"
"Emily" 151
2015 "Words Don't Come so Easily"


  • "The Juggernaut" (2009)
  • "Taping Songs Off the Radio" (2010)
  • "Far Q" (2010)
  • "Beech Like the Tree" (2011)
  • "Deadliest Catch" (2011)
  • "(Motor) Way of Life" (2011)
  • "Another Sad Song" (2011)
  • "If the World Was to End" (2012)
  • "Love Someone Else" (2012)
  • "Merry Christmas" (Wherever You Are) (2012)
  • "Go On Strike" (2013)
  • "Something Better Came Along" (2013)
  • "Here We Go" (2014)
  • "English Kids In America" (2014)
  • "Emily" (2014)
  • "Criminal" (2014)
  • "Words Don't Come So Easily" (2015)


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