Band Name: Atomçk
From: Newport/Bristol/Swansea/Orlova (cz)
Represent: Grindcore in the traditional sense.
Influences: Discordance Axis, Gride, Lycanthrophy, Napalm Death, Dropdead, Crossed Out, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Melvins, Captain Beefheart, King Crimson.
Latest Release: ‘Yes to Alien Victory’- ep on Grindcore Karaoke.
Around 2005 both myself and Linus were living in Newport, with all the boredom and cultural mire that entails. Both our previous bands had recently wound up for various reasons and we were talking about doing something different. Initially that took the form of a drum machine grind project and we gigged that lineup around South Wales and occasionally further for a couple of years, but things got ‘more real’ once Marek joined on drums- he brought experience and lent the band more legitimacy by having real drums etc etc. Marek drummed for us for several years until he moved back to his native Czech republic. More recently Karl took up the stick throne.
2. What are your lyrical inspirations?
Lots of different things really- Linus writes all the lyrics so I don’t have a totally accurate picture of what he’s thinking. Common themes are politics, news events, comics and science fiction… often all thrown together in a somewhat modernist fashion. The primary concern is how the vocal patterns work with the music, it’s not Proust.
3. How important are live shows for Atomçk?
Very. We do as much as we can in that regard- the number of gigs rises and falls according what is going on in people’s lives- obviously this music isn’t our living- but I would say when things are organised we manage a couple of shows a month, and the occasional tour. We have always placed a lot of importance on the ability to actually play our songs in front of an audience, Atomçk has always practiced a great deal to make sure we can cut it live. A lot of grind bands are bedroom or studio only which is fine, but not what we are about.
4. What’s the recording process like for Atomçk?
We like to have played new material in as much as possible before we record. I will usually send whoever is recording us extensive practice room tapes etc so they will have a good understanding of what is about to go down. Being prepared like that frees up a band for the studio session- if you know the stuff back to front it’s far easier to record and that means everyone is less stressed out and more likely to play well. The usual approach is to track the drums, then the guitar. Once that is done I like to get out of the way for Linus to do his vocal takes without me winding him up and wasting time.
5. What are your plans for the future?
Having only recently replaced drummers, the next step is to start gigging again (some nice stuff lined up) and begin working on new material for various splits that are planned. Before Marek left we recorded an entire LP with James Walford (who has recorded Napalm Death, Venomous Concept and many others) so I will be looking for a label to put that out, also we have a compilation CD in the works that will collect all our previous releases and bung in some live stuff as well – mostly from the European Tour we did with The Atrocity Exhibit in 2011.
Answered by Luke