Cape Town, South Africa: local band Atlantic South is well known for it’s compelling blend between Metal and Metalcore, and now has it’s collective eye set on the stage for We Came To Build 2017 where this is the only band from last year’s line-up to be making a return. It must be that it’s members have the right ingredients in the mix for both youthful and aged ears. However, the band has been largely absent from live shows since dominating the stage at last year’s all-ages concert hosted by Build Your Scene, and we went in pursuit of them to find out the backstory.
“Yes, we have been relatively quiet on the live scene, however this was a choice to concentrate on our five-track EP that we are about to start recording next week. Nonetheless, 2016 was a fantastic year. After ‘We Came To Build 2016’ we completed two tours to Joburg, Bloemfontein, Pretoria, Jeffreys Bay and Port Elizabeth, along with a few other shows in between with our final show of 2016 being in Cape Town to send Zombies Ate My Girlfriend off to Wacken as part of their ‘Tour the Disaster’.” ~ Gareth Howard (guitar, Atlantic South)
The later half of the year also saw departure from Atlantic South of former guitarist Nathan Dickson, who set off in pursuit of his career, and the arrival of band friend and well-known guitar personality Charles Knighton-Pullin (best known to the metal community from his former band Sabertooth).
“Charles has always been an extremely close friend and has supported us from the very beginning; helping out with gear and recording assistance. So we felt it was only fitting that he should join the band going forward. He has always been a part of the Atlantic South family.” ~ Gareth Howard
With the band becoming settled after the changes, and poised to head into studio immediately after the weekend to track the next EP which will release sometime in the second quarter, Atlantic South members are thrilled to be returning to the stage for this monumental all-ages-welcome annual fixture. We asked Gareth to describe the band’s feelings on the significance of an all-ages-welcome concert series.
“Wow, for us the significance is huge. These are the kids who aren’t able to attend your usual shows as a result of the age restrictions. They are now able to come out and see their favourite bands and to discover new bands through these all-ages shows. This is an opportunity to inspire the younger generation to pick up an instrument and follow their musical dreams, or just allow them to come jam it out in a safe and controlled environment. We cannot be happier about this initiative. We recently played a 16th birthday party for a young man named Frikkie and we cannot even begin to describe the feeling when we arrived at his house to set up. This is why we do this. It is imperative to have the younger kids involved in the music scene. They will be the future of it.” ~ Gareth Howard
Gareth describes Atlantic South as being a high-energy expressive conduit for positive lyrical messages. It’s about clean – albeit somewhat rowdy – fun, and the band aims to offer as much enjoyment to it’s audiences as it’s members take from performing.
“We pride ourselves on creating positive influence and energy. We want to interact with each and every one, so before and after our show, we’d like to invite people to come and hang out with us. These are the people that make it possible, so we want to meet them all. Please come and say hi!” ~ Gareth Howard
In closing, Gareth extends a warm thanks to the Build Your Scene crew for inviting Atlantic South for a second round at We Came To Build and assures us that the band is refreshed, revitalized, and ready to put on a show to remember. Full line-up and other event details can be found at the official facebook event page.
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