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What do you get when you mix one Nashville outsider, one English drummer, and three superb musicians hailing from the most isolated city on earth—a pretty damn good band, that’s what. Three continents converging into one post-colonial powerhouse, taking their name from an obscure mountain range in northern Africa, the Perth, Western Australia-based indie-rock band, the Atlas Mountains, are starting to gain a lot of attention, on both sides of the equator. ‘Doves meets Drones could be an appropriate epithet here,’ declared taste-making Triple J radio announcer Vijay Khurana. ‘A wild and weary sound and a voice that paces in cramped circles, over and over. Beautiful.’

Over the past three years, the lads have developed a reputation for their powerful, sweat-soaked live performances around Perth and Fremantle, and have slowly built up a small, but cultishly-devoted following on the internet.

But it hasn’t all been fun and games for The Atlas Mountains. Death, substance abuse, arrests, and financial hardship have all been woven into the fabric of the history surrounding this relatively well-mannered band.

‘We’ve been through a lot as a band,’ says Smith. ‘There’s a line in Steve Earle’s song, (Tom Ames’ Prayer) that’s become a bit of a mantra for me. I ain’t askin’ for a miracle, Lord/ Just a little bit of luck would do…’

A little bit of luck would do, especially now, with the band on the cusp of releasing their spectacular sophomore LP, ‘A Splendid Diagnosis,’ (Recorded at Loop Studios in Perth, by James Newhouse and Kieran Kenderessy, and mastered by William Bowden, at King Willy Studios, in Sydney).

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  • AtlasMountain

    Ladies and gentlemen, The Atlas Mountains have just released their first full length studio album A Splendid Diagnosis. It is available now for FREE download for a limited time through Noise Trade. Click buy above to be directed to the website!

    19 Aug 2011 Reply
  • AtlasMountain

    New songs off our upcoming album 'A Splendid Diagnosis" are available now for free download... enjoy

    1 Mar 2011 Reply
  • AtlasMountain

    Working on our new album, to be launched December this year... stay tuned for new tracks!

    29 Jun 2010 Reply
  • AtlasMountain

    The Atlas Mountains have taken up residency at the Norfolk Basement in Fremantle for the month of may... we will be playing each thu night with different support acts. Come down and say hi :) Cheers

    4 May 2010 Reply
  • AtlasMountain

    For anyone in Perth, come down to the Amplifier bar tomorrow night to catch us along with the Novocaines and The Love Junkies... its going to be a great night!

    9 Apr 2010 Reply
  • studman69

    fucking shit

    7 Apr 2010 Reply
  • needmymusictoda

    scary in message - music is fantastic - I don't know how others perceive the message

    19 Mar 2010 Reply
  • AtlasMountain

    New track of our album Sanskrit Owl 'Audie' has been uploaded for your listening pleasure...

    19 Mar 2010 Reply
  • AtlasMountain

    If you are in Perth, come down to the Little Creatures Loft on the 12th of March to see The Atlas Mountains perform live... it will be a great night!!

    4 Mar 2010 Reply
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    17 Feb 2010 Reply
  • tchecrosato

    I did enjoy it! Just the kind of music that i like... I presume that there are no cd here in Brasil isn´t it? Ive downloaded 3 of the songs that are available here, so if u had more or any tips where i can find a cd of yours please let me know ok?! Ps. What´s about the CD Cover?

    20 Jan 2010 Reply
  • vjsupersaint

    Sounds pretty good to me too.

    19 Jan 2010 Reply
  • sussilo

    All tracks are brilliant. Such a great voice and music!

    18 Jan 2010 Reply