The Atlas of Tears
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The Atlas of Tears

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Pop Singer/Songwriter




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The Atlas of Tears released their debut  EP in September 2014 featuring 6 songs all written and composed  by Lee Bullock..START POINT is available on all major digital distributors  including iTunes

As well you are able to stream it on Spotify



My name is Lee. I was surrounded by artists and musicians my entire childhood; my own creativity was bound to come out somehow and at some point. Somehow is the operative word here because since the age of five (when hit by a car) I have been a quadriplegic; paralysed from the neck down.I have extremely limited movements and I use my computer mostly through voice activation.

Being a kid confined to a wheelchair and requiring constant care for everything, and not being able to do anything on my own, movies became my babysitter; and of course I fell in love with my babysitter and grew up with stars in my eyes.

I am severely physically disabled. I am in my 30s and because of my disability I can't play an instrument and I can't sing either. One thing that I can do is write. I have a wealth of experiences to lyrically draw from. Sadness, tragedy, inspiration and strength usually emanate from within a body that lives in a full body straight jacket. Writing is my escape.

Unable to be the singer/songwriter I desire, my musical ambitions began in 2005 when I was put in contact with a local guitarist and vocalist named Peter Hasenkam. I handed over a file of some 30 lyrics named THE BLUEPRINT FILE and within a few weeks he had returned with four demos on a CD.

For over three years we collaborated on 17 songs. All of them bar one are my lyrics set to Peter's music. Although very satisfying I found it to be a long process, where I am only the lyricist. Making music with Peter was extremely fulfilling and exciting but I am an impatient Aries and I want to do the whole lot myself and do it in quick time!

This is where a computer comes in handy. Give me some time, some loops, and together with my one knuckle and voice dictation I am allowed free rein into the music world. It is here where I can fully express what I physically cannot. Whether it be creating music, writing lyrics, or writing screenplays, my desire to create must be fulfilled.

In December 2008 I began creating my own compositions to go along with my lyrics. Of course there has to be at least one stumbling block, this time it was my vocal ability. I can sing but it really is not something that should be heard too often (although I must give my best rendition to the real vocalist so they know how I want my songs to sound). I have a very small lung capacity so I cannot sustain any sound at all, besides I am always out of tune. Having my injury; losing my breath can be frequent.

In 2009 I met a new acoustic guitarist, Carl Rush. Carl is an amazingly talented guitarist with the vocal ability to match. I feel very fortunate to have collaborated on one song with him.

At the end of 2009 I was introduced to a new carer; a young nursing student who just happens to be a great singer. We quickly became friends and we collaborated on seven compositions, my music and my lyrics, Maddy's voice. This is the way of my future; attracting singers to bring my compositions to life!

Come September 2011 I am yet again introduced to a new carer who is a true singer songwriter. Matt and I collaborate once every two weeks and it really is a highlight. Matt has a wonderful talent and I feel privileged to be working with him so regularly.

I do venture into rock on occasions but mostly I feel my niche is acoustic-based. If I could play an instrument I have no doubt it would be acoustic guitar. I also like creating the odd instrumental or blues tune.

My life was pretty gloomy around 1991/92. It was in this time period when I found a talent for poetry and I began writing a wealth of material. Dark clouds appeared again in 1997/98 and it was at that time that I found the inspirational music of Elliott Smith. He is my biggest influence and I aspire to be in the mould of Elliott Smith, Ryan Adams, Iron and Wine, Bruce Springsteen, the acoustic music of Diesel, and the beauty of Angus and Julia Stone. My musical inspirations are wide and varied.

I like sadness and tragedy. There has been a lot of that in my life and I have basically spent my physical life in a physical jail. But this is my life and with a mix of Buddhism and Spirituality, I believe people must live life to the fullest and accept and deal with whatever comes our way. And do it with grace.

I hope that my music and lyrical content is something that touches your heart.
Peace and love, Lee.