orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

June 18, 2014

Atlas set to rise with release of new CD

Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader

BEAUMONT — Orange County based rock outfit Atlas has been waiting for the arrival of this weekend for six months.

Atlas will hold a CD release party for its debut album, “Wake Me When I’m Famous!” this Friday at The Gig in downtown Beaumont for ages 18 and older. Admission is $5 for ages 21 and older and $7 for ages 18 to 20. Special guests include Envisions, Left Eye of Horus and Cloudshift. The disc will available for purchase at the show for $8.

The band, formerly known as Neil to Aldrin and features members Johnny Espinoza, vocals; Jess Espinoza, drums; Josh Herron and Hayden Meaux, guitars; and Chris Boaz, bass, is ready to show how much has changed since the group made its name change in late 2013 and made its debut.

“As Neil to Aldrin, we made a statement as a bunch of kids playing shows that we weren’t even old enough to attend,” said Johnny Espinoza with a laugh. “Atlas is really a different group of musicians with a completely different mindset and attitude.”

Although comparisons to his previous outfit Neil to Aldrin are unavoidable, Espinoza feels the differences between the two groups are more than the similarities.

“Absolutely its different,” he explained. “We took a very different and experimental approach to the writing process for this first record. We will continue to evolve our writing strategies over time.”

The band’s new album “Wake Me When I’m Famous” features 13 tracks, but only one, “Hannah backwards is hannaH,” was written while the group was known as Neil to Aldrin. For Espinoza, keeping it with Atlas was a no-brainer.

“This album is a concept record, and it talks about the lowest points in life and then overcoming those things,” he said. “This song just really fit in with the concept and it is a song we have always been really proud of.”

The CD release is just the first step in Atlas quest to get its music out to the masses and Espinoza and company have no plans on stopping with this one concert.

“We’re preparing to hit the road and tour relentlessly through the rest of this year and into the next,” Espinoza added. “Neil to Aldrin had a fantastic run, but, as far we are concerned, it was just a stepping stone and a learning experience. Atlas is a completely different band, and we are ready to take what we have learned and make it to the next level.”

For more information on the band or the concert, visit www.riseofatlas.com.