Atomic Flea

Atomic Flea

 Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
BandPopAcoustic

Atomic Flea is a Minneapolis-based 4-piece original acoustic group featuring material spanning 12 yrs of songwriting with influences from the Beatles to Low to Matt Pond PA.

Biography

Our sound is rooted in Beatles-esque pop but never ceases to incorporate our ever-evolving musical interests and curiousities. Our music has been likened to Matt Pond PA, Dan Wilson, and They Might be Giants, and newer songs intertwine pop sensibilities with more spacious, introspective songwriting.

Based in Minneapolis, Mike, Eric, and John have been playing and writing music together as Atomic Flea since 1996. Dawn, formerly of Katzenjammer and co-owner of Snowplow Records, began with the group as guest violinist on Babadebaba, and became a full-time member in 2008.

Falling From the Sky is the band's fourth independent release.

Until 2008, the band was primarily a drum-backed pop-rock group, although the direction was heading towards a more acoustic sound for several years. On "Get By," the opening track of our third album (Babadebaba) we decided to include the violin stylings of one Dawn Bentley. Needless to say it was the start of a beautiful friendship, and Dawn decided she could tolerate us enough to join the group as a full-time member.

Also a veteran of the Twin-Cities' music scene -- and the only Minnesota native in the group -- Dawn started her rock-n-roll days with mid-90s pop-punk-abilly outfit Katzenjammer, ultimately co-running the band's label, Snowplow Records. The label featured Minneapolis regulars Helva, Vinnegar Madonna, and other well-known acts. While not quite as loud as Katzenjammer (and not yet known to feature flaming whiskey shots) Dawn seems to be having a great time in shaping the latest Atomic Flea sound. And guitarist Mike Senkovich still rocks out regularly with local pop-rock masters The Humbugs.

And what is that sound? One can only speculate. But so far, the combination of classic acoustic pop, spacious indie folk, Dawn's five-string vioin (love that low C!), and Mike's guitar-pedal alchemy has been more than enough to keep this well-traveled musical project firing on all cylinders.

Lyrics

Get By

Written By: Atomic Flea

I summon up the energy
To step away from my TV
And all I see there
I set my sights upon the shore
To get myself a little score
To juggle all the wrecking balls

I need you there to help me get by (4x)

And as I'm driving down the road
I watch the city sky explode
And the rains come down
And then the radio it screams
Static trapped between the seams
Of a memory of you and me

Chorus

And the traffic lights
And the rain-soaked glass
And the red-black night
So beautiful

And so I'm staring through the pane
At brightly-colored cellophane
In a wrapped-up world
My fingers fumble fives and dimes
Then I'm thinkin' not this time, no
Out in the rain I will remain

Chorus

And as the telephone it rings
I'm occupied with bigger things
So I think that I will look away from
So much sound and so much light
I think that I will
Say goodnight
Goodnight
Goodnight
Goodnight

Babadebaba

Written By: Atomic Flea

I remember not so long ago
Flowers, trees, and summer river flows
I remember how it used to be
So lend me your imagination
Use my eyes to see

Babadebah
Badabah
Oh let's go out and play
Babadebah
Badabah
Like it's a summer day
Babadebah
Badabah
Oh we'll bring back yesterday
Babadebahbah
De bah bah de
Bye

I remember clouds up in the sky
Were not dark but soft and snowy white
Oh water that was not all dirty gray
Just imagine
all the things that slipped away

Chorus

Short-sighted to a man
Couldn't change their greedy ways
And so we remember
Sifting through the embers
Looking for a way
To bring back yesterday

Chorus
Chorus

Bye
Bye
Bye
Bye

Lost Along the Way

Written By: Atomic Flea

So take me to the record store
and file my ass away
It's got to go
Oh it's time to go
With all the voices crying, craning,
Straining to be heard
That no one knows
Lost in the echoes

Now I won't cry
But I won't lie
That I can't help think of all the shooting
Stars up in the sky
You know they burn so bright
Then disappear into the night
Like so many words we'll never say
They just get lost along the way

So try and understand me in
A hundred words or less
Take your stab
Oh take your guess
And now you've got this simple rhyme
I know that you've got
No more time to spare
Lost to the empty air

Chorus

Can I borrow it for awhile
Just to see if it's my style
You know that money doesn't grow on trees, yeah
I'm gonna have to make you wait
�ause can't you see it's getting late
And I'm afraid that I've got
No more time to spare

Chorus

Discography

Falling From The Sky (2009)
Babadebaba (2008)
The Means (2003)
Counter-Revolution (1998)

Set List

We are primarily an all-originals band, along with a handful of tasty covers ranging from The Beatles to The Decemberists.

Our originals:
Lie, Falling From The Sky, Stars and Bars, Upon The Waves, Get By, I Am the One, Babadebaba, Maybe Tomorrow, Madeline, Lost Along the Way, One Goodbye, Breakdown, Someone to Hold On to, Alive, Suburbs, I Fall Down, The Means, Happy Home, Constellations, Not Dead Yet, Over Now, Means Pt 2, Tie One On, Counter-Revolution, Save a Tear, Fireflies, Cracks in the Flooring, Icarus, Until it's Over, Get That Girl, Stay, California, Worried