WW: For starters, why name the band The Atlas Moth? Is there any significance?
we first started out we wanted a psychedelic sounding band name
as opposed to a "metal" sounding name. I think it
did the trick but i am always amazed by how many people leave off the "the",
its actually quite obnoxious.
WW: So your debut album, ďA Glorified Piece of Blue SkyĒ seems
to have received quite a bit of attention. What do you attribute
for sure, not to mention the incredible amount of support we have
gotten from our PR and Booking agents. They did a great job for
us and we are really lucky to be associated with people that believe
in what we do.
WW: Is there
any significance to the title?
Itís about life being built up into this extravagant event where
everything is so perfect looking on the outside but clearly there
is always a dirty underbelly. You can take that title and apply
it to your life any way that seems fit.
Life is always changing, so what it meant to me in 2009 isn't exactly
what it means to me today but that was kinda
the point. Hopefully, regardless of what I meant when I was 26,
I will be able to look back when am 36 and find relevance in the
WW: I know you guys hail from Chicago, but how and why did you
get together? And who was responsible for the bandsí overall sound?
Was it primarily one person? Or did you just happen across some
I had been playing in a band for 7, 8 years or so that had just
broken up and I was going through the end of a relationship which
went very sour. Tony, our drummer, was hanging out at my house every
day but he was in a band so the initial plan was to simply record
some songs on a pro tools rig I had set up in my basement. Eventually,
we found Dave and started taking our music a bit more seriously.
Alex was in Tony's other band that eventually disbanded as well and he
joined on full time. We worked on our first EP for about 8 months
before we met this engineer, Andrew that wanted to record it for
us. When we picked up our final master from him, he started
talking about how he quit his band and was gonna
start one like ours so we said fuck it and asked if he wanted to
join our band. The rest is history. I think back then, we didn't
have much of a "sound", just more like dudes trying to
play music together. I honestly think that our upcoming record is
us finally settling into what we actually sound like.
WW: What bands were you guys formerly in?
worth mentioning that's for sure.
WW: How do you think living in Chicago has influenced your sound,
if at all?
It definitely has. I think Chicago has a very unique sound when
it comes to metal. We are in the middle of the coasts, we are a
major city that has every kind of music you can think of coming
through it. I don't know if i can actually
pin point exactly what influenced us, but i
will tell you that the scene here is tough. It will chew you up
and spit you out, so I think that was a driving factor.
What do you think makes The Atlas Moth unique?
As far as the current doom/sludge scene goes, we definitely have
the most people in our band hahaha. I think we have always just tried to take a side step
to what a traditional doom, sludge or even just what a plain metal
band would do. We all seem to have severe ADD so that probably
plays a part in our sound as well. †
WW: If asked to describe your sound in 5 words or less, what
would you say?
these guys fuckiní serious?"
WW: Are you guys still on Candlelight Records and how did you
hook up with them?
wound up playing a basement in Delaware on our first tour and Steve
from Candlelight USA came out to see us. He was a supporter from
very early on and he saw potential in what we were doing so signing
with them was a no-brainer. Our next record will not be on Candlelight
though; we will be announcing a new label over the summer.
WW: Have you toured Europe yet? And, if not, will you soon?
havenít made it over there yet, unfortunately, but we plan on making
it over there on our new record.
WW: Whatís your definition of success in rock-n-roll?
AM: i think that might be an oxymoron in 2011. But to me, itís
definitely having money for cigarettes and not eating cans of tuna
for every meal.
WW: What do you think is necessary to a bandís longevity?
I always felt as though i had a pretty
good grasp on this concept but today's scene makes me question that.
I hear a lot of these metalcore bands
that I became familiar with back in the early 2000s still putting
out records that sound exactly the same and they are selling out
arenas. I would love to say pushing boundaries and keeping things
fresh but that's not necessarily the case. If i
base my answer on bands I respect and love, I will say itís about
doing what you feel is right and not letting outside perceptions
lead you astray. But I would assume if you ask the bands that come
to mind, they would probably tell you something completely different.
WW: If you were stranded on a deserted island what 5 albums
would you like to have with you (assuming you had a way to play
Pony - Deftones, Deloused in The Comatorium
- The Mars Volta, Ready To Die - Biggie Smalls, Meddle - Pink Floyd,
Fantastic Planet - Failure.
WW: When can we expect the next Atlas Moth album?
2011, itís called "An Ache For The Distance," We just
finished up basic tracking in February and are going to add some
finishing touches and mix it when we get home from Metalliance.
WW: Who hooked you up with the Metalliance tour? Featuring Helmet, Crowbar, Saint Vitus, etcÖ?
booking agents, The Kenmore Agency, made it so. I had caught wind
of a Crowbar/St Vitus tour and I kept bugging Ďem
until we were on it.
WW: If The Atlas Moth had a mission statement, what would it
WW: What do you hate the most about the music industry? Love
could probably bitch about nearly everything in the industry but
itís just like someone coming home from their day job and bitching
about it. Itís a dream come true to be involved in general. It is
pretty sweet that I get a lot of free shirts, records and shows.
I also get to tour with some of my heroes and contemporaries that
I respect. Not to mention, I love meeting new people and making
friends with touring brings in droves. I have met some killer people
in the last few years that all have come from being involved in
WW: If you could tour with anyone, who would it be and why?
AM: Deftones. They are pretty much a collective favorite band
between us - they are personally my favorite band and the top of
my list. Or Metallica. Just cause. Touring with Metallica may also be
an answer for true success in rock and roll
WW:† When will you guys be playing and where during SXSWÖ officially
and [sic] unofficially?
Unlike our 7 shows in 5 days like last SXSW, we are only playing
the 18th at the Dirty Dog as part of the Metalliance.
I must say, as much as i love Austin, i would truly love
to hit the town up sans the SXSW insanity.
WW: Parting words of wisdom to your growing legions of fans?
AM: Don't eat the brown acid.