It’s been a little less than a year since the Southern Australia trio, Atlas Genius, visited Portland as a late addition to 94/7 FM KNRK’s December to Remember concert series. Now they’re back for their fourth appearance November 9 at the Crystal Ballroom. All of which has continued to fuel the band’s rising popularity and success during their extensive world tour, including opening for the Imagine Dragons in the Spring, hitting numerous national summer music festivals including Sasquatch Music Festival in the Gorge, and playing a solo show at the Wonder Ballroom just before their Sasquatch performance.
Atlas Genius is vocalist and guitarist Keith Jeffrey, brothers Steven on bass and Michael on drums, and English mate, keyboardist Darren Sell. The band released of their full length debut, When It Was Now, closely on the heels of their self-recorded and released EP Through The Glass, featuring the hit Trojans, which reached number 4 on the US Billboard Alternative Rock Songs chart in 2012, and has been followed by their second single If So, which reached 8 this year. When It Was Now reached 10 on the Alternate Rock chart.
For all the notoriety and success of their hit Trojans, the underlying strength of the band is their ability to write catchy, finely crafted tunes that deliver the groove of danceable rock on tracks like On A Day, All These Girls, and album’s standout track If So. Their versatility shines through on the electric subtle funk-rock shuffle of Electric, the seductive R&B tinged Back Seat, and the anthemic Through The Glass. The 11-track debut shifts seamlessly from track to track yet each song distinctly stands on its own, making this one of the easiest and consistent listening experiences of the year.
With acknowledged music influences from Death Cab for Cutie, Beck, The Police, The Beatles and Rolling Stones, Atlas Genius covers a lot of ground, creating a fresh and original blend of alt-rock, and infusing their sophisticated hybrid of pop-rock and subtle R&B seasoning. It’s not surprising that the band was tagged by MTV Buzzworthy Blog as 2013 Artist To Watch with references as summer-dance-party-festival band, Atlas Genius music also possesses an after hours groove. This is more prevalent in their live performances as Keith Jeffrey and band plays a number of alternate versions, including acoustic cuts and bluesy jams that keep their shows vibrant.