Artist Interviews

Q&A: Lower Than Atlantis

By | Published on Tuesday 29 March 2011

Lower Than Atlantis

Hailing from Hertfordshire, rising rock outfit Lower Than Atlantis was formed in 2007 by vocalist Mike Duce, guitarist Ben Samson, bassist Dec Hart and drummer Eddy Thrower. Having taken the Watford hardcore scene by storm, the foursome released eight track effort ‘Bretton’ in 2008 and debut full-length ‘Far Q’ last year, demonstrating an aptitude for fusing punchy, melodic vocal work with post-hardcore riffery.

Latest album ‘World Record’ is a distinctly darker offering from the band, with some songs featuring slower tempos, dropped tunings and a more contemplative lyrical approach than their previous work. With new single ‘Deadliest Catch’ due out on 18 Apr through Wolf At Your Door Records, the album is set to follow on 25 Apr, with a UK tour the following week.

Ahead of all that, we caught up with resident bass bloke Dec to get his thoughts on our Same Six brand of questions.

Q1 How did you start out making music?

I actually started out playing guitar, not bass, when I was around ten or eleven. I used to play on my dad’s Fender Strat copy, which he still actually has! Then when I was a little older I started playing in bands and I think I just kinda made the decision that this was what I wanted to do when I grow up.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
Being broke, bored and bummed out.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
Mike will usually come up with the basis of the song and we just get together and bounce ideas about then maybe take it away and work on it. We just keep bring ideas on to the table until we are happy with the finished product.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?

My favourite bands are Foo Fighters and Biffy Clyro, so I guess that would come out in our music. But I think because we are all together in a van 99% of the time we are all listening to the same stuff, so when someone comes up with new material, everyone knows exactly where they are coming from and knows exactly how to react to it.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Enjoy. I hope you like it.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?

World Domination.