The Atomic Bomb Audition
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The Atomic Bomb Audition

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The best kept secret in music


"Review of Eleven Theatres"

"This is one awesomely confusing record. We weren't sure what to expect, but it definitely wasn't this. Bursts of grinding downtuned death metal give way to shuffling jazzy lounge music, mathy riffing morphs into prog rock workouts which give way to simple dreampop strumming. There's Super spacious slowcore, reverbed guitars and shuffling jazz drums, weird underwater melodies and funereal horns... and Pell Mell style instrumental almost surf rock with total "Wipeout" drums.

It's all a little overwhelming, and confusing, but in a good way. And unlike a lot of genre jumping outfits, none of these disparate sounds, and impossible mash ups sound at all forced. In fact, the band has such a deft hand with arrangements, that when you're listening to Eleven Theaters, it's hard to imagine that any band would NOT combine all of these styles and genres. Lilting Appalachian folk, drifts and shimmers into some angular Amrep style dirge rock, tripped out dronelike shimmer, all glistening guitars and whirling ambience, gives way to ultra lush jazzy mope rock, complete with horn section and cymbal sizzle, huge pummeling sludge rock splinters into a completely noise drenched splattery free jazz drum freakout before breaking down into soft focus ambient drift only to explode into a monstrous dirge all over again.

Maybe these guys are mostly a metal band... but it's really hard to tell. Especially after taking this all in. Definitely mind expanding, and certainly mostly for those with a very wide range of tastes, but like we said, it's hard not to love this record, every part of it, from the dreamy to the heavy, from the dark and dangerous to the goofy and absurd. Really cool."
- Aquarius Records, S.F.


"Eleven Theaters" LP, 2006


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Hailing out of Oakland, CA, The Atomic Bomb Audition is a whale of variegated sonic constitutions specializing in its own brand of what Van Dyke Parks once termed "pocket symphonies". In the tradition of such forward-thinking collectives as Mr. Bungle, Sun Ra Arkestra, This Heat, The Melvins and Sun City Girls, we explore myriad compositional possibilities without adherence to genre in an endeavor to mimic orchestral affect. Guided by an idiosyncratic vision of the potentials of post-rock, a mammoth sound issues forth coalescing various strains of metal, film music, electro-acoustic improvisation, krautrock, raga, Americana, drone and noise. And we do our best to make sure an adherence to idiosyncratic visions is paramount on our list of priorities with humility and a sense of humor. Since our inception in Autumn of 2004, we have explored our multi-dimensional sonic vocabulary in order to reach a diverse range of audiences in the SF Bay Area and beyond via clubs, co-ops, warehouses, galleries, even an art college. We successfully toured the West Coast in Summer of 2006 and are currently working on a new batch of songs while persisting our transmission towards new ears in the Bay Area.