This Lost Atlanta article was written by Charlotte Kilmartin, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Natalie Whitehouse. Lead photo by Ian Taylor
Lost Atlanta, the five-piece Mancunian post-hardcore band are set to release their ‘Alive’ EP in early October. ‘Alive’ is the second EP for the band to release, and it is definitely going to be one to watch amongst post-hardcore fans out there. To compare them to other bands making it big in the industry at the moment, their overall sound is reminiscent of American bands such as Secrets and Our Last Night, and even Britain’s own Bring Me The Horizon.
But the thing that sets Lost Atlanta apart from the rest is the intricacy of some of their well-established guitar riffs, and the power behind the harsh vocals that is so perfectly balanced alongside some of their softer vocal lines.
The EP begins with quite a heavy feel; the tracks are really bouncy and full on with a feeling of being driven forward constantly. But the band manage to show off their diversity with the last track on the EP, ‘These Words,’ which is a real contrast in mood and tempo.
Even though there’s still that contrasting mix with the vocals, the way the band have used their musical technique to create a completely different feel is very professional. The majority of ‘Alive’ is dripping in distorted guitars, whereas final track ‘These Words’ has the mix of the distorted heavy sound with a really atmospheric vibe placed right at the start and hints of it in the middle. The gradual drop out in instrumentation at the end, leaving the almost chanting harmonised vocals, is a clever way to end this taster EP, leaving you wanting more.
The progression from their previous EP ‘Hold.Heart’ to ‘Alive’ is clear; especially in the improvement in the vocals. The clean vocals on the new EP are a lot more confident sounding and a lot stronger than that of what you can hear on tracks from ‘Hold.Heart.’ The guitar riffs are also a lot tighter and much more defined in the new EP, and the instrument balance is musical bliss.
You can hear that the band have taken influence in their instrumentation from other bands, but their lyrics are from the heart. They’re not one of those bands that you can’t feel the emotion from, especially in ‘Into the Grey’ which features Tim Henson of Polyphia, you feel every word, which is a testament to bands who don’t just make music to sell records, but to play from the heart.
There are, however, hints of young Bullet for My Valentine in some of the guitar riffs, especially in ‘Losing Sight,’ track four of the EP. There’s something very ‘Scream, Aim, Fire’ about the guitar parts in sections, and the slightly more metal influence in the guitars really works for them. Lost Atlanta haven’t conformed to basic guitar patterns, they’ve put just as much thought into guitar parts, drum fills and bass riffs as they have vocals and melody and arrangement, which any musician will find admirable.
Overall this is a great second EP from a really promising band. You can hear the improvement and development of the band, and for the genre of music this EP falls into, it is of great quality. If you are a fan of Secrets, Memphis May Fire, or Of Mice and Men – to name a few – this is definitely the band for you.
‘Alive’ EP is out on the 9th October via Ghost Music.