The first time I noticed Mighty Atomics was at a gig through a friend of a friend who I was trying to get off with. As always there is a tinge of regret to such stories but the regret doesn’t lie with the Atomics, I’ll leave that reply to the lady in question.
Anyway, Nicholas Appleby walked on to the stage dressed in an outfit possibly worn by John Lennon in the black and white days of the early sixties, or else it was just grey. He then proceeded to strum furiously on his guitar with a comprehensive nod to surf music and the three piece band took off with one of the most energetic and tightest performances I had seen in recent times.
It is no secret anymore how hard it is for a band to break. Being honest it’s harder to get a reaction in Ireland than most places unless people are well sizzled, so when you have the crowd jumping around the place before many beers you know you’re seeing something very special.
These boys are doing their time gigging around the circuit, they’ve learned and now they’re delivering in spades. Budding musicians take note..
To describe the band’s music you have to look at their influences which obviously date back to Little Richard, skiffle, blues, surf and most definitely a hint of garage and even grunge. The guitar takes centre stage to the extent that you feel you’re watching a four piece on occasion and the album has actually got three instrumentals in the 12 song LP which you cannot help but love. The backline of Conor Vela’s drums and Moff’s bass is also ridiculously tight so you just feel that these three guys are actually really enjoying themselves and every minute of energy bounces off the stage and onto this album.
The release is well thought out with good songwriting, and musically it’s packed full of hard craft made look easy. This is one of the finest albums I have had the pleasure to listen to this year and I would recommend the purchase for anyone with a love of good music.
Check it. You’ll love it.