By The Atoms
The Atoms' debut album "Staying true with ..." proves that originality is the key in this business. All rules have been thrown out of the window as have the widescreen T.V and sound engineer. The album is under-produced but yet makes up for it with pure energy. Relatively short in length each song could almost be heard echoing from the terraces on a Saturday afternoon. The record has that live feel as if being at one of their shows.
This collection of punk anthems is reminiscent of the London punk scene of the 70s. Yet, there is certainly American surfer punk influences in there. It would seem like this collection of songs is to showcase the band's live capabilities. Growling guitar riffs from Joe Atom, improvised harmony vocals from drummer Jess Atom and driving bass lines from Tom Stretcher form this 3 piece family business.
Although lacking in variation at times "Staying true with ..." has some very catchy songs that are still emerging. Maybe I Do (Maybe I Don't), Will You Be My Girl Fiend and Boy Tonight have strong 3 part vocals and are worth a spin. Check them out live and see their charismatic lefty drummer spearheaded by Anti-disco vocalist and guitar frontline.
On receipt of this disc I was surprised to find the plastic wrapping still intact. This reminds me of the times you're bought a new DVD and you know they haven't watched it before you. A professionally presented piece of work "Staying true with ... The Atoms" is perhaps a glimpse of better things to come from the band.