What do you get when you combine catchy, in-your-face rock songs, explosive, on-stage energy and four hot girls? Atomic Blonde, a mixture of hard hitting drums, heavy punk guitar riffs, and vocals that go from sexy and melodic to "I need anger management" in seconds.
Atomic Blonde is a four piece all female rock group that blends heavy guitar riffs with emotionally charged melodies. The group was established in Nashville, TN in 2004, where they are currently based. Their unique sound can be classified somewhere in between the Hard Rock and Active Rock genres, and have had most success with airplay on Active Rock stations. Their songs are generally compared to artists such as Hoobastank, Daughtry, The Distillers and Flyleaf.
Starting out, the hard rock quartet called themselves Glass Lily. It wasn’t long before they realized that their original choice didn’t adequately describe their high-energy, guitar-heavy sound. The girls toyed around with several ideas before someone suggested they somehow incorporate the word ‘atomic’ into their name. They immediately knew they were onto something. After choosing the second half of the new name, which refers to the hair color of the band’s fiery front-woman, Atomic Blonde was born. As if it were the final piece of the puzzle, the rechristening was just what the band needed.
For the past three years Atomic Blonde has been receiving lots of attention nationwide through both electronic media as well as print. In 2005, they were winners of the Ernie Ball battle of the bands, where they were in competition with over 12,000 other bands. The group has had their picture in numerous newspapers and magazines, including the national publication, Metal Edge. They even had a song considered for Disney’s “Herbie: Fully Loaded”. In 2006, Rollingstone.com featured the band’s music on their main page. They have spent weeks at the top of the myspace.com charts, reaching as high as #2, and have had over one million plays on their myspace player. By last year, Atomic Blonde’s music has been played on over 70 different radio stations, including two XM channels, and hundreds of different podcast stations. After Fox used a video clip of the band in their commercials for “The Next Great American Band”, their popularity exploded around the world. The girls had to open up an international webstore to meet the demands for Atomic Blonde music and merchandise worldwide.
Since their replacement of the original guitarist in 2007, the band now consists of Vocal/Guitarist Dacia, Drummer Kendra Kayne, Bassist Danielle Day, and Lead Guitarist Fran Reed. The girls are excited to be writing songs with the solo-lead element that Fran has added, and are currently working on new for their upcoming summer events. The girls take exceptional pride in their live performances, playing for crowds of thousands and receiving numerous rave reviews.
The band has opened for multiple national artists such as Angels & Airwaves and The Pink Spiders, and plans on regional touring throughout 2008. New recordings are also planned for the future. What else is in store for these girls this year? That is unknown, but their chemistry and execution of their music and shows is completely original. The end result is something that has to be seen to be believed.