The Photo Atlas are one of those bands that have name recognition. Even if you don't know exactly what they sound like, you've definitely heard of them.... and with good reason. They've been hard at work these past few years touring the country, playing the large festivals, romancing the record industry, and really making a name for the Colorado music scene. The group's music blends the angularity and drive of Fugazi, the gut-punch of At The Drive-In and the infectiousness of The Faint all into one explosive little package.
The dance punk outfit got their start in Denver, Colorado working with Morning After Records. They put their first EP out with a bang before quickly being snatched up by Stolen Transmission Records. This partnership led to the release of the group's full length album No, Not Me, Never and life in the fast lane. Chocked full of hits such as Handshake Heart Attack and Red, Orange, Yellow the quartet found themselves in high demand across the country.
Just in case you're not sure what qualifies as life in the fast lane or being in high demand, let me fill you in. The Photo Atlas was the featured artist for Airwalk Snowboarding boots with ads placed in all major skate/snowboarding magazines and shops, they had performances at the X Games in LA and Aspen, they were a featured artist at SXSW in 2007 on the "Best 100 Bands to Watch" compilation, they were the band of the day on Spin.com, they were featured in AP Magazine as "22 Best Underground Bands That Won't Stay Underground For Long", they performed at CMJ, Mile High Music Festival, Monolith, and Van's Warped Tour, they were chosen as 100 "Feed the Beat" bands by Taco Bell, and Red, Orange, Yellow was featured in the video games Burnout Paradise, Burnout Dominator, and MLB 07: The Show. Wow. Talk about an impressive resume. Did I mention that they did all of this while touring almost nonstop?
The Photo Atlas's dynamic indie dance rock tracks are coated with vital melodies, explosive guitar riffs and demanding drum beats, which bring a sense of movement to each song. The group went back to the studio for the 2009 release of To Silently Provoke the Ghost with INgrooves Records. The album led to another write up in AP Magazine with a 4 star rating and feature. The first single, Jealous Teeth, has been racking up play at radio stations across the country.