Formed in summer 2011, ATLAS:EMPIRE began as vocalist/
In January 2012, the band enlisted acclaimed producer Chris Gordon (Song of Return, Union of Knives, LightGuides) to mix and master the tracks. Soon after, Atlas : Empire were featured on Ally McCrae’s BBC Introducing radio show, as well as several independent radio shows and blogs. In March they commissioned Ayrshire-based media company Black Pepper Studios to shoot a promotional video for EP closer ‘Who watches the Watchmen?’ and also Ohio’s Three Bears Design to create the artwork for ‘To the Astronaut…’ March also saw a new addition to the band, former Sucioperro guitarist Dave Aird, expanding their line up to a 5 piece..
Atlas : Empire released ‘To the Astronaut…’ in April through various digital retailers and began to play gigs throughout Scotland, including playing as part of King Tut’s Summer Nights Festival and support slots with bands including Saves The Day, O’Brother, Wintersleep, Song of Return, Flood of Red, Gallops and Vessels..
In December, Atlas : Empire recorded their sophomore EP, entitled “Somnus.” All instrumentation was recorded live at Lo Fi Studios in Glasgow with engineer Neil Martin, then mixed & mastered by producer Oz Craggs (Feed the Rhino, Jairus, secondsmile) The new EP features 5 songs, showcasing the band’s ever-developing sound.
Somnus was released on August 12th, on Cold War Legacy Records.
Ewan Grant, AKA ALGERNON DOLL, evokes the spirit of the likes of Red House Painters, Mark Lanegan and Elliot Smith.
The last year has been an exciting one for Algernon Doll. Having released his debut album, as well as supporting the likes of Franz Nicolay (Against Me), Chris T-T, Esperi and Willis Earl Beal. He now follows that up with another expertly crafted record, Citalo-pop, released on 10th June 2013 via Common Records.
By assembling a full band for live shows to replicate the bigger sound produced on the album, Algernon Doll has also added another dimension to his project setting up a thrilling year ahead.
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