On the debut EP, "After the Remedy", With Atlas pulls electronic influences from the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Kenna, Kesha, and Owl City. Pushing hard-electro in a sexy, dark direction, the EP asks what do you do when everything is fixed?
Written and recorded in Joel Montgomery's (Scene of Action) San Francisco-based home studio, the project was named with Montgomery's 5-month-old son Atlas in mind.
"I was playing 'new dad' during the day and pop music writer at night," says Montgomery. "The fact that my baby son was in the house sleeping really influenced the way I was recording. There's no real separation from the studio and the rest of the house. Trying to be as quiet as possible so I wouldn't wake him had me singing really softly, tracking through headphones late into the night and mixing during the day."
For most music artists, having time issues or deadlines hinders the writing and recording process, but Montgomery explains how the constraints helped him. "It was the first time I really felt the pressure of recording on a schedule. While that tends to be an inhospitable setting for making art, it actually ended up pushing me to focus and concentrate completely on the music while I was working on it. I don't know if it would even be finished if the time constraint wouldn't have been there. I ran into issues with that while working on Scene of Action records. Since there were no real deadlines and we had what seemed like all the time in the world, great songs that I believe could have been hits were never released."
When asked if those Scene of Action songs will ever be released, he was uncertain but hopeful. "Maybe at some point. Scene of Action is still under Sound MGT, but With Atlas is definitely where my heart and focus are right now. I've already started working on the next EP."
With Atlas is:
Joel Montgomery - Writing, Producing, Performing, Recording, Mixing, Mastering
Ian Sampson - Live Drums