Monday 9th January 2012
ATOMIC can count on quite a following in 2011, having played more than 250 shows not only in their native Germany, but also in Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and England. Given that we are talking about a German guitar pop-band this is a massive achievement which helped them gain a more than solid reputation among German indieheads. Stemming far from the urban centers of Berlin or Hamburg, twin brothers Thomas and Rainer Marschel were raised out in the woods of the Bavarian Forest/Regensburg and started out in 2000 to form a band that would take them places. The fact that ATOMIC could not rely on a weel-established network has always been regarded as a challenge rather than an obstacle. “The Big Issue”, their debut release of 2002, proved to be a first success with an ever growing audience. The self distributed mini-album got a well deserved mention in the "NME" and thousands of copies were sold only through online and merchandise sales. For ATOMIC this success eventually caused them to open for the Babyshambles, The Charlatans, Kula Shaker and Paul Weller & Gem Archer (Oasis) on their respective tours of Germany and Austria. After the debut album "Wonderland Boulevard" in 2005, their sophomore effort, entitled "Coming Up From The Streets", strings eleven highly charged and emotionally intense cuts together. From outright rockstomper "Magic Daydream" via symphonic "Something Wonderful" all the way to the groovy "I..m A Man", “Coming Up From The Streets” oozes the urge to be heard and loved. The recording of the album in Munich’s Telstar Studios, of Arctic Monkeys and The Cribs fame, saw dramatic changes in the line-up: While the bands masterminds Thomas (voc) and Rainer Marschel (voc&g) remained at the helm, Daniel Mederer (g), Dominik Teubert (b) and Thomas Schedlbauer (dr) are all new additions to ATOMIC. They’re coming up from the streets – and they’re not bound to stop.