Atom Orr

Atom Orr

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A left-of-center Indie Pop/Rock project. On the albums it sounds like a full band, but performs solo acoustic.

Biography

The Story

Divine or not, Atom Orr isn't going away. Originally conceived as a diversion from his indie rock n roll band, Fivecrown (4 stars from RollingStone.com), band leader Christopher Hoffee created the Atom Orr moniker to help push himself into new experimental territory. Engineering and producing the entire project himself he ignored the successes of his past and began attacking a new musical direction. It worked out better than he'd ever imagined. After just one short month in the studio, Atom Orr re-emerged as an entirely new musical identity and a double-fisted declaration of independence. Armed with more tunes than he’d bargained for his label, Populuxe Records, decided to release not one but 2 Atom Orr debut albums on the same day! Now that’s some cajones.


The first of the two releases "Wake" and it's "mass acceptable rock ditties” (San Diego Reader) went straight in the front door and acted as the bridge from Fivecrown to Atom Orr's second release "Noir", "a beautiful example of an ambiance album" (Score Music Magazine), which showed that Atom Orr wasn't going to be easily pinned down.

Now, with his third album "Asterisk" (that's three albums in one year folks...), Atom Orr has come crashing in through the roof and again changed course to unveil a whole new approach to his art of songwriting. Mixing his love of 70's rock/funk grooves and artful writers such as David Lowery, Beck, and Tom Waits, into a purely modern sound of samples and live vintage tones, he has managed to keep his songwriter DIY ethos intact. Featuring fuzz-funk ("White Knuckle Rhino" and "Nice and Glossy"), and electronic-acoustic ("Smoke Machines" and "Vinyl Fingertips"), 'Asterisk' never plays safe in lyric or approach. Sliding easily from baritone vocals to soft falsetto harmonies Atom Orr delivers his crafted lyric with a thinly hidden depth and easy humor.

Lest you think Atom Orr is just a studio fabrication who can’t pull it off
live, he backs up his studio cuts with a hell of a live show. Bristling with energy and armed with only an acoustic guitar, he's captured audiences in LA, New York and Toronto by unraveling each song to its bare essence and shining a revealing spotlight onto his crafted lyrics, atypical guitar style, and surprising textured baritone voice.

Atom Orr has been achieving airplay on radio stations across the US,
Australia and in France, and his tunes have featured heavily in the new indie feature "Back to Manhattan", “Window Theory”, and extreme sports documentaries and videos.

Just back from North by NorthEast Music Festival in Toronto, Canada. A tour is being prepared for the fall of 2004 in both the US and the UK to support his latest release, Asterisk. Prolific as ever, Atom Orr has also already begun writing the tunes that will comprise his next record. With this trilogy of releases as his starting point, Atom Orr may yet achieve the divine.

Lyrics

Said and Gone

Written By: Christopher Hoffee

Said and Gone

Where are we going?
My powers of observation are facing a black out.

My half-flung wonder, love, is so easily said and gone.

Things are closer than they appear,
though my optimism's gone straight to hell.

My half-flung wonder, love, is so easily said and gone.
I don't feel any younger, but it feels right.

Doomed to the fringe from the get go.

My half-flung wonder, love, is so easily said and gone.
I don't feel any younger, but it feels right.

I'm still coughing up the words to say.
One by one, they'll come cause’ it feels right.

White Knuckle Rhino

Written By: Christopher Hoffee

White Knuckle Rhino

Tune out the humming...
Tune out the buzzing...
Coming in loud and clear.

Don't worry. I've got the story
in my little black box.

I can see right through you,
no need for my X-ray truth machine.
We're riding the white knuckle rhino.

I'm better than ever. Went on a bender of king-size certainty.

I can see right through you,
no need for my X-ray truth machine.
We're riding the white knuckle rhino.

You can't take away the sound.
The selection of no direction, going
anywhere, somewhere...
anywhere, just somewhere.

Chrysalis In Doubt

Written By: Christopher Hoffee

Chrysalis In Doubt

Don’t let me down.
Get touched once and you’re falling on the ground.

Give back what’s been taken.
The love that you have made in
bed, so soft, so tender.

You said you’d never love again.
This time I’ll give in and give again to you.
Just don’t let me down.

Chrysalis, a chrysalis in doubt.
All grown up, but don’t want to go out.

You are freshly hidden.
It’s a perfect fiction that you are safe and sound.

You said you’d never love again.
This time I’ll give in and give again to you.
Just don’t let me down.

Discography

Full Album - Asterisk Populuxe Records 2004
Full Album - Noir Populuxe Records 2003
Full Album - Wake Populuxe Records 2003

Radio Airplay in:
U.S.
Austrailia
U.K.
France

Set List

I have close to 70 songs, so I can perform for 3 hours.

I do not play covers.

Typically my sets are from a 1/2 hour to 2 hours. Whatever is required.