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ICARUS DIED IN VAIN: IT’S LOUD AND THE PERFECT REPRESENTATION OF ROCK
Posted on 19th April 2020
ATR has dropped their single ‘Icarus Died In Vain’, giving that full on Rock and Roll sound, making sure it’s extremely loud.
Within the first few seconds the chaos begins, amping up the volume giving it that real in your face sound, it’s heavy but in a good way and continues that throughout. Clashing on the drums, the insane shreds on the guitar, giving it this real thunderous instrumentation.
The vocals are fairly rough and harsh, really keeping that loudness the same, piercing through the instrumentation. Having the occasional high-pitched shriek halfway through, it’s dark, fairly peculiar and rather unique, but it’s one hell of a Rock song and one that deserves all the recognition it gets.
Be sure to listen to ATR’s piece because it’s one you won’t want to miss, especially if you’re into music that’s more on the heavy side.
Check out ATR’s single Icarus Died in Vain by heading on over to YouTube.
Review by Karley Myall (A&R Factory.com)
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IT’S A TAEKWONDO DAY MORNING: ARRESTIVE EXISTENTIAL PUNK CHAOS
Posted on 24th February 2019
Kick off any track with existential screams and you will immediately have our attention. Follow up the death rattle screams with a Sonic Youth-style arrangement of chaos and you’ve got our undying adoration.
ATR went with the slightly questionable title of “It’s a Taekwondo Day Morning” for their latest single which takes the Punk genre, shatters it into a thousand pieces and arranges it as Picasso would paint a portrait.
So, in short, ATR’s latest single is fairly ingenious. If you thought IDLES revolutionised Punk with their latest album, prepare for the ultimate facelift of angst. But similarly, to IDLES, ATR are using monumental riffs, tight arrangements, and Punk vocals to address plenty of issues which aren’t usually spoken about – especially in the Punk genre. There’s no petulant spite being thrown at parents or versing about just how great getting wasted is. The band was formed after one of the members returned from Iraq, and their music shines a light on the devastation witnessed there. Expect hard hitting stuff.
You can check out ATR’s latest single It’s a Taekwondo Day Morning for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.
Review by Amelia Vandergast (A&R Factory.com)
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Song: Isolation Nation
Overall Impression: ATR has released their new punk tune Isolation Nation. Complete with crunchy guitars, a memorable chorus, and a high-energy chant, Isolation Nation pieces together elements from the best of punk for a listening experience that gets better from start to finish. The tune opens up with distorted guitars and casts an ominous, almost lonely tone with the lyrics before growing into a frenzied communal anthem. Throwing up a giant middle finger to the man, the lyrics stir up images of intense protest and civil disobedience. Cutting through the noise, they are sung with an edge perfect for punk. The energy levels are carefully raised and lowered in the bridge to keep listeners hooked until the very end. Overall, Isolation Nation by ATR is a killer new punk song that delivers the right amount of grit and in-your-face attitude to stick in your mind all day.
Strongest Point(s): Isolation Nation uses form to keep the energy levels and intrigue high. What starts out as a classic pop-punk sound evolves into a broader landscape with instrumental sections culminates in a high-energy chant that will stir up any mosh pit.
Area(s) of Improvement: Cool tune, nicely done. At the very end, around 3:06, the guitar stem cuts off abruptly. The ending of the track is abruptly ended as well. A fade out for both would polish up the track quite a bit. We review lots of tunes, and one of the most common "issues" with home studio productions is abrupt stem cut-offs and endings that don't allow the final chords/sounds to fully finish ringing. Paying closer attention to those ending details will bring your recorded work to a higher level. This is the reason for "needs improvement" in the recording quality/mix box below. I was digging the little wah-pedal instrumental bridge, giving that section a few more bars would be cool to hear, but I won't count it against you as it works as it stands now. The "Hey Ho We Won't Go" line is perfect for a punk song, bringing in another voice or two to help with the chant could add more power to that section. I would also be interested to hear the tune at a slightly quicker tempo, maybe by 6-10bpm quicker. I felt similarly about the tempo in the last ATR tune I reviewed, so this could just be a signature part of your sound, and I won't count it against you. *note* the comments in this section, and the rated boxes below, are not displayed publicly in posted reviews and remain between the reviewer and artist.
Target Audience Appeal: Fans of Punk and Pop-Punk will dig Isolation Nation by ATR.
Instrumental Performance/Execution: Strength
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A Creative Collaboration
Music is full of tradition. Whether it’s an inspiring tune or a commitment to write music from the heart, the member of ATR has embraced these traditions while establishing a few of his own since forming back in 2016. In the time he has been together as an influential 'Music Band,' he has managed to capture the hearts of fans from all over, and rolled out some truly amazing tunes. Take a look around the site, and explore what the gift of music truly is.
ATR: THE STORY
A Quick Look
ATR was formed in the summer of 2014 after its founder Jess returned home from a lengthy tour in Iraq. Jess had worked as a combat medic and had experienced much devastation, loss, and trauma. He was also injured in combat and making music became a
therapeutic escape from the exhaustion and frustration of his PTSD, TBI and other injuries.
The band ATR was originally a 3-piece, with the three members working together long distance for a time. However, a couple months into the project, the two other members decided to pursue other ventures. This left solely Jess to retain the name and production of songs.
Prior to his time in the Army, Jess had been the lead singer/guitar player for an underground 90’s punk rock band, which was signed to MCA Records. They had the pleasure of playing with such acts as Hit and Run Jimmy, At The Drive In, Agnes Gooch, The Ataris, Link 80, Slugworth, Anti-Flag, and the U.K. Subs.
Jess had only musical experience, playing a variety of instruments through the years. However, the production/recording side was a completely new territory, so he quickly had to learn the process. Jess was able to adapt to a new style of production that he enjoys... a low-fi,
alt/grunge recording style that works well with the punk rock vibe of ATR's music.
Today, Jess has become the #1 guy for ATR. He plays all the instruments, engineers the recording, and produces the final tracks. He has even learned how to be his own technical
support guy in the seemingly complicated world of digital music production. Controlling all aspects of the final musical product has been a dream come true for Jess as it has allowed him to tirelessly work on a song until he is satisfied with every aspect of the final product. This was something he deeply desired in past bands, but with other members and
a production staff, this was never truly possible until now.
ATR’s primary style is Alternative Punk Rock, but Jess is always looking to incorporate new sounds or push the boundaries of what is acceptable within this genre. ATR is based out
of Casa Grande, AZ, and their music can be found on most online music services, including Apple Music, Google Music, Youtube, Soundcloud, and Reverbnation. Jess has been focusing on completing the band’s first LP and establishing a well connected online multimedia presence.
This album, titled "ATR: At The Ready" is scheduled for release in the coming months of 2020.
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