Atlas : Empire

Atlas : Empire

 Glasgow, Scotland, GBR

Atlas : Empire are a five-piece modern progressive rock band based in Glasgow, UK. They fuse elements of ambient electronica, expansive post-hardcore and angular alt.rock.


Formed in summer 2011, Atlas : Empire began as vocalist/guitarist Steven Gillies (ex-The Ocean Fracture),multi-instrumentalist Jamie Sturt (This Silent Forest) & bass player/vocalist Dave Stephen. The next few months saw the band make their live debut with Paul McArthur (Salo, ex-The Ocean Fracture) as fill in drummer and self record their first EP β€˜To the Astronaut.’ In October the band found a permanent drummer, Jonny Gormley.

In January 2012, the band enlisted acclaimed producer Chris Gordon (Song of Return, Pareto, Lightguides) to mix and master the tracks. Soon after, Atlas : Empire were featured on Ally McCrae's BBC Introducing radio show, as well as several independent radio shows and blogs.

In March they comissioned Ayrshire-based media company Black Pepper Studios to shoot a promotional video for EP closer 'Who watches the Watchmen?' and also Ohio's Three Bears Design to create the artwork for 'To the Astronaut...' March also saw a new addition to the band, former Pareto and Sucioperro guitarist Dave Aird, expanding their line up to a 5 piece..

Atlas : Empire released 'To the Astronaut...' in April, through various digital retailers and began to play gigs throughout Scotland, including playing as part of King Tut's Summer Nights Festival and support slots with bands including Saves The Day, O'Brother, Wintersleep, Song of Return, Gallops and Vessels..

In December, Atlas : Empire recorded their sophomore EP, entitled "Somnus.” All instrumentation was recorded live at Lo Fi Studios in Glasgow with engineer Neil Martin, then mixed & mastered by producer Oz Craggs (Feed the Rhino, Jairus, secondsmile) The new EP features 5 songs, showcasing the band's ever-developing sound.


"...To the Astronaut" EP, CD and Digital release 26/04/2012.