EP REVIEW: Atticus Anthem – Lovers Stay Home
I think most of us have been there. One of your mates / workmates / relatives tells you they are in a band, and of course you are supportive because that’s what friends do. How often is their band actually any good? How many times have you had to fake a smile and try and make up some words of encouragement? Well I lucked out when one of my workmates told me he’s in emerging band Atticus Anthem, because they actually ARE good.
Atticus Anthem are Midlands-based indie rock four piece Bjorn Franklin, Johnny Marchetta, Jared Mcgivern and Olly Skelton. True to their name, ‘Lovers Stay Home’, their second EP is anthemic-sounding to put it mildly. Incorporating slow building moments to iconic and guitar heavy choruses, AA’s sound is one which will stay with you long after you have listened.
Leading track ‘Rocket‘ is the standout of the EP which will appeal to many. A storming, uplifting indie rock number it has one hell of a catchy chorus which wouldn’t sound out of place in the top 40. “I wont turn this rocket round, I’m heading for the sun, I need you to know that I’m leaving now, I’ve only just begun” sings frontman Bjorn Franklin with such intensity it will have you instantly ready to sign up for whatever cause he’s fighting for. It’s the kind of life affirming song which if you close your eyes to whilst listening, you can imagine yourself coasting down Highway One in a classic Mustang convertible. Raising the hairs on your arms, it’s one of those tunes that feels like the musical equivalent of freedom.
‘Rocket‘ is accompanied on the EP by two love songs, ‘Pieces’ and ‘Stay With Me‘. ‘Pieces‘ is a track which doesn’t start out as strongly, but builds momentum confidently throughout its duration. It continues to uplift from where ‘Rocket‘ left off. ‘Stay With Me‘ completes the EP with romantic flair. A heartfelt ballad that builds atmospherically, it brings quieter moments which showcase Franklin’s rugged vocal tone. That said, the rock indie numbers seem to suit the band more, and ‘Stay With Me‘ ends the EP on a more sombre note.
Atticus Anthem has already been noticed and by BBC’s The Beat and been on tour supporting Scouting For Girls which has enabled them to play some sizeable venues such as Camden’s infamous KOKO and the Shepherds Bush Empire. With an EP showcasing songs which are as good as they commercially viable, it can’t be long until even bigger audiences beckon. If they are as good live as they are on this record, they are going to gain a lot of fans fast. Catch them at one of their smaller gigs while you can.
Lovers Stay Home is available to download on iTunes here.
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