Blind Atlas – These Days

Label: Fallen Swine

Impact Date: 19th November

Fresh from their recent session for  Whispering Bob Harris’ Radio 2 show, Blind Atlas release ‘These Days’, taken from their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Kodiak Bear‘. As we’ve come to expect from the band, there’s a brilliant video to accompany the single too:

“Mancunian country blues grooving to a Burritos beat…Kodiak Bear brooding and reflective…hints of Exile on Maine Street, Calexico and Frontier Ruckus…” Classic Rock Magazine: 7/10

Blind Atlas – Brother Moon Animation

Impact Date: 13th June 2012

Label: Fallen Swine

Manchester’s own Anglo-American band Blind Atlas will release their debut album Kodiak Bear on the 18th June 2012.

Their live session for ‘WhisperingBob Harris’s BBC Radio 2 show was broadcast on 8th July.

Brother Moon will be the lead radio track from their debut album with another beautiful animation from collaborators Volkerfirma who have also animated a video for the title track Kodiak Bear. The animation will be released on 13th June a week before their album launch party. The song was engineered by both the Earlies and Blind Atlas themselves, with the Earlies again producing the track adding the haunting phaser and reverb to the vocals. The track also features Christian Madden of The Earlies on the Hammond Organ. 

Blind Atlas – “Iron Wall” documentary

Back in February, Blind Atlas held an “art happening” event upstairs at Odder Bar, Manchester. The idea was that the listeners, both established fans and those new to their work, would respond through art (drawing, mark making, sculpting) to their new single “Iron Wall”. This is the resulting documentary; produced by INTO productions, the film also features rehearsal and interview footage with the band.

Blind Atlas – Iron Wall

Release date: 29/8/2011(Fallen Swine) 

     Hailing from Denver [Colorado USA] and disparate points around the UK, Blind Atlas came together in the bohemian suburbs of south Manchester; Led by singer/guitarist Ross Thompson, the band concoct a new take on American alternative country and classic British Rock ‘n’ Roll. Blind Atlas have notched up headline slots at some of the most iconic venues in the city, as well as supporting the likes of  Blitzen Trapper, The Bees, Buffalo Tom, Liam Frost, Lucy Wainwright Roche, The Deadstring Brothers, The Features, The Acorn and The Travelling Band.

     The Earlies were at the production helm again for their 3 track EP “Iron Wall”. The title track is an epic sounding beast, throbbing with a native American rhythm and building to a soaring crescendo. This is usually the high-impact finale to their live performances:

Listen to Iron Wall by Blind Atlas:

Swapping their electric guitars for acoustic instruments, the laid-back country vibe of “Mary Anne” evokes the likes of Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris. A live favourite, this is another perfect example of the trademark Blind Atlas sound.

Listen to Mary-Anne by Blind Atlas:

“My Proud Mountains”, a cover of the Townes Van Zandt recording of 1969, is a long time favourite of the band. Blind Atlas have beautifully reworked the song, demonstrating their skillfully plaintive vocals and sparse arrangements. Nostalgic, melancholic and impossible to listen to just once.

Listen to My Proud Mountains by Blind Atlas:

Blind Atlas – Take a While/Best Day of My Life

 Release date: 19th July 2010 (Fallen Swine)

Blind Atlas concoct a boozy stew of American alt-country with a classic northern English edge; taking inspiration from Tom Waits to Morrissey to map their trademark soulful melancholia and defining the territory where Americana meets Mancunia… Grizzled vocals and a heart-wrenching lyric sheet… think Ryan Adams fronting The Black Keys, or perhaps Fleet Foxes with a Led Zeppelin fixation; and clearly all designed to soundtrack long, whisky-addled nights of anguished soul-searching. ‘Take a While’ and ‘Best Day of My Life’ were recorded and produced by Christian and Nicky Madden of The Earlies.

Oh and here’s the video too…

Happy New Year From Ask Me PR!

Building on the success of their much lauded debut single ‘Live and Live Lonely’, My Albatross release their new single ‘Rich Man’s Daughter’ early in 2010. This time the boys couple their trademark alt rock guitars with Beach Boys-esque rock and roll harmonies. The haunting B-side ‘I Don’t Love You’ features a different arrangement of band members ,and is sure to surprise and amaze you in equal measure.
Fresh from recording their new single with The Earlies, Blind Atlas look set to make waves with Take a While. Expect to hear lots more from the Anglo/ American alt-rockers early in the year.
 Also… prepare yourself for some exceptional and unique bands from the Ask Me roster. We are thrilled to be working with Ben Heyworth AKA This Morning Call, Singer/ songwriter Twin Thea and the band Sheffield is literally ‘buzzing’ about…  All The Damn Kids! Definitely a big year at Ask Me PR!