Opinion Review

Atom Band: All Liars & Thieves

Psychedelic rock is something of a timelessly classic genre, firmly still cemented into today’s musical culture. Add to that a heady dose of country influence and just a dash of indie post-punk rock stylings and you have yourselves Atom Band. The Johannesburg-hailing five-piece recently dropped their latest musical project: a three track EP, recorded at Anti-Motion Studios, entitled “All Liars & Thieves”. The brief, barely twelve-minute offering, neatly and adequately brings to light the curious scope this group has on offer.

Theirs is an echoing, almost uncontained sound, yet still maintaining the necessary hooks to stitch the piece together as a conglomerate. Reeking deliciously of late 1970’s influences and oh-so-familiar unpredictable guitar progressions, Atom Band throw their own spunk into the mix with an airy, almost for-the-hell-of-it feel – and the result is surprisingly tasty. ‘The Thought Fox’ is pinned together with a jangling guitar riff, while starkly America-inspired vocals provide the threads. It is dominated by a swimming, melodic-indie sound which builds momentum at a gradual pace before tripping neatly into the newly energized chorus, while their high tone sound prevents them slipping into the darker territory into which they could so easily be inclined to venture.

A brief and heavy baseline opens ‘Caché’ with a satisfying thwack before the track falls into something of a distantly, darker country-esque sound. Twanging vocals and faint tambourine dips the band’s toes comfortably into western infused waters, while their overall echoing undertones, which hark so clearly back 30 years carefully maintains their characteristic sound.

‘Wild Mercury Outback’ aptly follows in its precursor’s footsteps with an equally jangling, country centric melody. Simplistic and effortlessly straightforward, this song has the tendency to slip into rather monotonous regions at times. Samey verses blend into one another rather bleakly, thankfully broken by zesty chorus lines which bounce back to match the verve of the previous tracks, adding something of a hoe-down element to counter the elusively prosaic lyrics – “I did not speak to curate / he had not drunk to recruit.”

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Listen to “All Liars & Thieves) below on Deezer.