BEYOND ATLANTIS (from l-r): Steven “Herbie” Herbert (guitar), Manny Jack(vocals/guitar)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Beyond Atlantis is a new musical collaboration between Steven “Herbie” Herbert, the drummer from rising rock quartet Anonymous, and singer-songwriter Manny Jack.
The talented duo, hailing from the Midlands, have a gentle acoustic sound, taking influence from late 90’s, early 00’s alternative rock, coupled with uncomplicated lyrics, and soft, melodic vocals with a slight gritty edge.
Having just released their debut single, ‘Songbird’, the fledgling two-piece told me more about themselves and their future plans.
How was Beyond Atlantis formed?
STEVEN “HERBIE” HERBERT (guitar): I guess you could say Beyond Atlantis began when Manny & me formed a band called Endeavour in high school around six years ago, as that was the starting point of our writing teamwork.
MANNY JACK (vocals/guitar): About a year or so ago, we jammed and from there on, we decided that we would continue and see where we could go. I have played with many musicians over time, but the musical bond of being able to create a new song off the bat is a normal day in this duo, BA needed to be done.
How did the name come about?
MANNY: It came down to a lot of thought and elimination, but we wanted something to stand out. Herbie originally came up with the name.
HERBIE: Yeah, I was looking at some band names I liked and was trying to figure out what made them so good and memorable. I think I’d just finished playing Bioshock and the underwater city idea kept coming up. So I came up with the name and ran it past Manny.
What would you say was your approach to songwriting?
HERBIE: It varies. Sometimes we bring a skeleton of a song to the table or a simple idea, like a riff or melody, and work off of each other’s ideas from there. Other times, we have all the song written and show it to the other, in which they add their parts or change bits here and there.
What inspires you both lyrically?
MANNY: I have always wrote lyrics even before I could sing, but personally, I believe when I write it’s what comes from my head and heart. I am inspired by my thoughts mainly but with Herbie, we join ideas.
HERBIE: I write lyrics about what’s going on in the world or my life at that given time. A lot of the time, it’s getting my opinions across through song. I do try to make them generic sounding as I feel that that’s more relatable. As of late, I’ve tried writing outside of what I’m used to and just experimenting.
Herbie, you’re also the drummer in Anonymous. How is it different playing in an acoustic duo to playing in a rock four-piece?
HERBIE: It’s more of a challenge for me personally as I can’t help but see myself as a ‘drummer’. Having said that, I feel like picking up a guitar or bass has really helped me expand as a musician, it’s just more nerve-racking getting out in front of people playing guitar as I feel that drums are my comfort zone.
The major difference between the two is that there are less people to clash with. It’s very organic with Manny as we meet in the middle with ideas or expand on whatever the other has brought to the table. There are pros and cons to both, but it’s a totally different environment and has been refreshing for me.
Having now released your debut single, are you planning on bringing out an EP or album at all in the near future?
MANNY: Yes, we have been working hard on our first full-length album this year, which will feature ‘Songbird’. This album has a multi-genre feel that consists of a double-digit play list. All of the songs were written and produced by the both of us with a lot of heart and hard work, we hope you guys will give us a listen.
All updates on the release of our album will be distributed on all of our social media, so stay on board for news and promotions.
Is Beyond Atlantis going to be just a short-term project or is it going to be something more long-term?
HERBIE: It’s a long-term thing for sure.
MANNY: We have so many ideas and a lot of material for everyone to enjoy. Long-term is a guarantee.
‘SONGBIRD’, BEYOND ATLANTIS’S DEBUT SINGLE, IS NOW AVAILABLE TO LISTEN TO ON THE BAND’S SOUNDCLOUD PAGE soundcloud.com/beyond-atlantis
YOU CAN ALSO CHECK OUT OUR REVIEW OF THE SINGLE HERE
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