Recorded/mixed/mastered at MusicMann studios in Milwaukee, this is the debut release from The Atomic Spins. “Guitars are crunch-fuzzy”, explains Miller (guitars/vox). “Dove’s lead licks have a deep, serrated edge, and the rhythm section has a retro-groove”. (Largely in part to DeLassus’s ’74 Rickenbacker) “An alternative to pop, our original songwriting spin hyper-manic experiences that are packed with the passion of beatnik writers, soul of the Mississippi Delta and the power of Rock and Roll.” Recording engineer Mike Mann says of the project, “I’ve been obsessed with the tunes the Spins did here. It really sounds great.”
“never saw it coming, now he’ll never stop from running”
Attending a music industry event, Jeffrey rubbed elbows with Stephen. Not exactly like the event was designed to do, but because they were situated at the bar next to each other, both vying for the publicans attention. With full beers, they introduced themselves and became fast friends. The fact that they were now living in Milwaukee, but grew up in rural Michigan, 20 miles from each other was merely a coincidence.
“pour on the gas, we’re dauntless, living fast”Aaron, Jason and Jeffrey were already playing together in a well-established band, and on one particular night, Stephen came to see them. He bought the band shots, the three accepted, and Stephen said to Jeffrey, “the next project you put together, I want to be your bass player”.
“no more distractions, when you go”
Three months after , the project started. Jeffrey left the existing band, Aaron and Jason soon after, and Jeffrey pitched a new idea to them. Interested in how this might sound, the three took to a cabin in the north woods of Wisconsin. A handful of riffs, and a manifold of subject matter came 12 original song ideas in 3 days.
“the consequence of the aftermath, lay heavy in your hands”
Remembering Stephen’s offer, he was brought in for an audition— which wasn’t much of an audition. He picked up on the originals like he’d been at the cabin, and it seemed more like a formality. From all being in successful projects in the past, the universal theme was camaraderie.
“feel the darkness fade behind me, enlightening”
The name of the band comes from a conversation Jeffrey had with a contractor who told him, “if we don’t finish on time, the owner will be atomically pissed!”. Never hearing ‘atomic’ used adjectively, it stuck with him.
**Side Note- One of the first names of the band was Chet Lemon. Lemon arguably had his best season in 1984, as he hit .287 with 20 home runs and 76 RBIs, and collected a .990 fielding percentage while handling 421 total chances. He was also the starting center fielder for the American League at the 1984 All-Star game.
We would be huge in Detroit…**
Pulling influences from classics Zepplin, Santana, and Rush, more modern rockers Queens of the Stone Age, Smashing Pumpkins, and The Hold Steady, The Atomic Spins pen most songs with full collaboration. Dove is credited with a good chunk of the composition, while Miller narrates real-life experiences of his own ventures. In addition, DeLassus gets lyrical credit on ‘San Francisco Diamond’. “It’s very satisfying musically to write this way” says Fasting (drums/percussion). “There’s no pressure on just one individual to bring the songs in. Everyone contributes, everyone has an opinion”.
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