Australia is so hot right now - at least in terms of indie sensations.
It has been more than a year since Adelaide-based indie band Atlas Genius released their debut single Trojans, but the wait for more is about to come to an end. Having recently signed with Warner Bros. Records, the band’s debut EP, Through the Glass, will be released on June 12th, and their numbers are looking good.
Using SoundCloud as a platform for a sneak preview, they have enjoyed more than 30,000 plays in the last two weeks since releasing the single Back Seat, which also appeared as number three on the We Are Hunted Emerging Rock Charts.
In April the band saw a significant jump of more than 300 percent in declared fans the same week they featured in Billboard Magazine as one of five up-and-coming alternative acts. During the month of May, the band has had a steady rate of about 17,000 video views on YouTube weekly, and a solo acoustic version of Trojans, performed by vocalist and guitarist Keith Jeffrey, was the 15th most watched music video on YouTube in Australia during the past seven days.
The quartet, consisting of three brothers and an Englishman, offer up a catchy rhythm and tranquil melodies that are easy on the ears. So if you weren’t listening yet, you should probably jump on the bandwagon and check out the boys from down under. Rumours of an upcoming tour are circulating, but no firm dates just yet. Perhaps a US television appearance is in order if they are hoping to match the success of their fellow countryman, Gotye, who enjoyed close to 20 million YouTube views in the two weeks following his debut of Somebody That I Used to Know on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
Liv Buli is the resident data journalist for music analytics company Next Big Sound. Buli is a graduate of New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and her work has appeared in Newsweek Daily Beast, The New York Times Local East Village, Westchester Magazine and more.