Those Transatlantics

Those Transatlantics


If the Cardigans had a baby with Wilco and it grew up listening to The Shins and married The Beatles but had an affair with Superdrag, that'd be pretty close.


Those Transatlantics was born in central Michigan in the late summer of 2003, when singer Kathleen Bracken and guitarist/vocalist Michael Spence decided to manifest their common musical interests and form a group. Shortly thereafter, they were joined by bassist Joe Clark, drummer Trevor Waldron and keyboardist/vocalist Chris Hatfield.

Since then, Those Transatlantics have released Three EPs: Self-titled (2004), You're Seated in the Back (2005), and We Will Embark (2006). The second of these was re-released in 2006 as a part of the Suburban Sprawl Music Mini CD Series and even received some local and national college radio play.

In 2006, the band signed with Suburban Sprawl Music and released their first full-length, Knocked Out. Generally speaking, people really liked the album, were quite happy to listen to it more than a few times, and as a result, had very nice things to say about it. For example, Paste Magazine said "4 stars...America's answer to the New Pornographers." Bust Magazine agreed and said "If 'Knocked Out' isn't the best pop record of the year, it's at least a close second." The record was also reviewed in the broadcast media, in fact, NPR's "The World Cafe" said that Knocked Out is "the sonic equivalent of an ice-cold glass of lemonade on a summer day...a brisk and immensely appealing pop gem." Pretty nice, huh?

The same year, Those Transatlantics' video for the Knocked Out cut, "In Your Neighborhood," was among 11 national finalists in the Toyota Scion XPress Fest, a music video contest that united independent bands and filmmakers from across the country. Shot by local director Tim Marklevitz, it chronicles the story of a lone girl traversing a wintery landscape to bring cupcakes to all the sad people of the world. We like to think this serves as a visual metaphor for the band's mission statement.

The band's infectious live show (killer hooks! winning harmonies! instrumentation that is alternately powerful and delicate!) has energized crowds throughout the East Coast and Midwest. In cities like Detroit, New York, Indianapolis, Orlando, Philadelphia, Nashville, and Atlanta Those Transatlantics have been fortunate to play for some wonderful audiences and share the stage with some incredible acts. Highlights include: Thunderbirds are Now!, Headlights, Canada, The Hard Lessons, Page France, The Static Age, Under Oath, Aimee Mann, Bear vs. Shark, Anathallo, Scout Niblett, Rainer Maria and Everthus the Deadbeats.

In early 2007, the band bid a fond and bittersweet farewell to two of their members: founding vocalist Kathleen Bracken and keyboardist/vocalist Chris Hatfield. In April the band recruited singer/songwriter Annie Palmer and regrouped as a four-piece. They have since been writing and recording the follow-up to their debut record, planning a tour for later in the year and watching a lot of Beatles movies.


1. Self-Titled EP (2004)

2. You're Seated In The Back EP (2005)
- received college and commercial airplay, re-released in 2006 as a part of the Suburban Sprawl Music Mini CD Series.

3. We Will Embark EP (2006)

4. Knocked Out (2006, Suburban Sprawl Music)
- received college/commercial radio airplay, featured on NPR

Set List

An occasional cover for fun, but primarily original material. Sets typically run 30-45 minutes.

Some songs:

Nine Lives
In Your Neighborhood
Architects and Engineers
I'm Beginning to Think You May Be Right
Both Armies Discovered
The Christmas Tree Song
I Had An Idea
Knocked Out
Little War
Boys and Children Sing For Summer
The Other Cheek