By Erin Coulehan, Contributor, DC Music Live
Up until recently, Australian indie rockers Atlas Genius were at home in Adelaide working on music and pursuing their studies. Today, after the explosive success of their breakout single “Trojans,” the band made up of brothers Keith and Michael Jeffery has set foot in the United States and has hit the ground running.
“This is our first U.S. tour,” said frontman Keith.
“The shows have been great so far. American audiences are very vocal and outgoing, which is good. You get more feedback,” he says of shows including CD 101 Summerfest in Columbus, Ohio, and West Coast performances with British band Animal Kingdom. With their tour schedule taking them to a different city each night, Atlas Genius has had hardly anytime to fully adjust to touring in a new country, or to miss home.
“We’ve been so busy, but are going with it. The bands we’re touring with are easy to get along with and really great,” said Keith.
The band is enjoying a seemingly endless summer since the members arrived in the States in June, and it’s currently Australia’s winter. They are set to make their D.C. debut to a sold out crowd on Oct. 12 with Cloud Nothings and headliners Silversun Pickups at the 9:30 Club, and will be back on Oct. 27 with Wolf Gang at U Street Music Hall (tickets still available)
The cathartic and relatable “Trojans,” written by Keith in modern stream-of-consciousness style showcases the contemplation that occurs after trusting, loving and losing in a relationship.
The track’s subtle progression suggests the solace that comes only after the battle of the unattainable versus the unconquerable is fought, leaving emotional scars in lieu of a standing champion. Keith’s reference to Homer seems only too appropriate for the young band as it embarks on an Odyssey across America to make their mark on music while trying not to fall victim to the siren song of life on the road.
Like any epic heroes, Atlas Genius had to get their start somewhere. After writing and recording in a studio they built themselves
and perfecting “Trojans,” the band sent their project up to the heavens – well, “The Cloud.”
“We didn’t do any promotion at all,” explains Keith. After uploading the single to Soundcloud, Neon Gold, a blog based in New York wrote about the song, which then piqued the interest of record labels and booking agents. “Trojans” has since sold more than 50,000 downloads, attesting to the rewards of being musicians in the digital age.
Through the Looking Glass, the band’s debut EP features tracks “Symptoms” and “Backseat” which are both odes to their roots in Adelaide. The EP also includes an acoustic version of “Trojans” which in Keith’s stripped down and delicate voice is as haunting as it is reflective:
Write a song
Make a note
For the lump that sits inside your throat
Change the locks
Change the scene
Change it all but can’t change what we’ve been
Your Trojans in my head.
Atlas Genius will continue touring throughout the fall and has plans to release their first full-length LP early next year.