INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
The Weight Of Atlas are a metalcore/post-hardcore quintet from Scotland, comprising of vocalist Aaron Corrigan, guitarists Gavin Duncan and Lewis Brodie, bassist Ryan Dair and drummer Andrew Cairns.
In recent years, the talented, close-knit outfit have been working hard on making a name for themselves, winning acclaim for their diversely influenced sound and their intense live sets, which has also enabled them to build a loyal and ever-growing fan base.
With the five-piece are currently putting together their eagerly awaited debut album, the follow-up to well-received debut EP ‘Reflections’, I chatted to them about their journey so far and what lies ahead in the future.
How did the band form initially?
The Weight Of Atlas initially was a high school band, a bunch of friends playing music together, trying to emulate those they looked up to and have fun doing so.
Over time, the members changed and throughout this process, the band became a lot more focused about what we do. We’ve certainly come a long way!
From where did the name The Weight Of Atlas originate?
The name actually came from an original member and friend, no longer making music with us. The name stuck as it gives imagery to the tone of our music.
In your own words, how would you describe your sound?
Honestly, we’d like to think our music is a raw version of ourselves. Although as emo as that sounds, we’d also like to think our music was fun and catchy, at least for a heavier band.
What are the band’s musical influences?
We all have different and similar interests, we were all raised on different music and now loosely have similar tastes. We’re all big fans of The Devil Wears Prada, Underoath and Pvris. Nothing to narrow.
What would you say was your approach to songwriting?
Each song has a different idea to spark the flame, we usually set out what we want to achieve musically first, or lyrically and then tackle it from that angle. It is always a genuine experience writing.
How well do you think the reaction has been to your music up to now?
Overwhelming. Honestly, we’re just us, a bunch of friends trying hard to create something we’re personally proud of, and people are into it. That, to us, is unreal.
Every time someone buys a top, downloads a song or sends us a message, we’re like: “Wow! We’re doing something that people are into“. There’s no other feeling like it.
The band will be releasing their debut album later this year. How has the recording process been?
Exciting. Each song we record has surpassed expectations. We can’t personally wait to stop sitting on this and show people what we’re capable of. Hopefully, they will dig it.
And what can listeners expect from it?
It’s catchier, heavier and more energetic than anything we’ve ever done before. It’s definitely honest, and it’s something we are proud to put our name to.
How, for you, is the experience of playing live and touring?
Unmeasurable, in that we’ve been given these life experiences and opportunities to meet new people and make friends and have fun doing so. We’ve made unforgettable memories and we hope to continue doing so.
What is the band’s long-term aim?
To create something we’re proud of, honestly represent ourselves musically, and to make friends and memories that will last a lifetime.