What: Atlas Genius
When: 9 p.m., Friday, May 31
Where: Bluebird Theater, 3317 E Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-377-1666
More info: bluebirdtheater.net
The story of Atlas Genius is one of those band tales of years of hard work abruptly bursting into success.
The Australian indie rock group -- brothers Keith and Michael Jeffery on guitar and drums, and Darren Sell on keys -- started building their own recording studio and playing as a band three years before they'd ever be on a stage as Atlas Genius. Their first single, "Trojans," was a hit and they were soon signed to Warner Bros Records, releasing the Through The Glass EP and moving their shows from local pubs to stages around the world.
In February of this year, they released their first full-length, When It Was Now. The record, just like the band's earlier work, was recorded in their own studio, and they produced it themselves. They're already thinking about the next album, and they plan to keep that all in-house, too.
Atlas Genius likes to remain in control.
"I think as far as production goes, I think we'd like to keep that in house," Keith Jeffery said. "We want to work with other producers, but I think there's beauty in being able to see ideas through to the end and being able to do it the way you want to do it. Art gets compromised when there's too many cooks in the kitchen. We have pretty strong opinions on the production and the way we want things to sound."
Working in the studio that took them "two grueling years" to build makes recording even more specific to the band's needs, and Johnson said having a home base like that probably affects the sound in the end.
When It Was Now has only been out for three months, but the band is already focused on the next thing. While they keep up with extensive touring, they're thinking about new songs.
"The songs that didn't quite get finished for the last album -- I want to get finished," Jeffery said. "We were thinking about the next album even before this one got released. If you're not doing it for a couple months, it starts to feel strange."
Atlas Genius is bringing that tireless work ethic and glimmering indie rock to the Bluebird Theater next Friday. At the rate the band's other shows have been selling out, this is a ticket you'll want to jump on now.