LIVE REVIEW: Atlantic South EP Launch At Mercury Cape Town

Photos by Laura McCullagh

Introducing Atlantic South. This metalcore band from Cape Town has been pushing hard into the alternative and metal music scene in the Mother City for the last two years after guitarist Gareth Howard decided to start the musical venture using the immensely useful tool that is Gumtree, posting ads and taking a year to get five musicians together.

These guys have been drawing attention to themselves by gigging actively, touring up the country and playing alongside brilliant local heavy/alternative bands, showcasing their positive energy for the metal and hardcore scene in South Africa, pulling online audiences with their three previously released singles (see here) and good attitudes.

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Atlantic South EP Launch at Mercury Cape Town by Laura McCullagh

They are not your typical South African metal stereotypes, with each member having his own style ranging from board shorts to neat semi-formalwear.

“We’re just a bunch of dudes who play loud energetic music that we enjoy” – Luke Edwards (Atlantic South Vocalist)

It’s refreshing to say that comparing them to another band isn’t easy, although perhaps Parkway Drive is a neighbour in their musical neighbourhood.

On Saturday, the 7th November their self-titled EP launch took place at Mercury Live in Cape Town, hosted by 7 String Studios. With months of promotion and hype, the evening had a fantastic turnout, the floor being packed with music lovers and the bartenders permanently having their hands full with clientele demanding their attention like a scene of suckling pups pursuing milk from their mother. Except this was beer and vodka.

The merch table stood to the side of the stage exhibiting band t-shirts, wristbands, CDs and stickers.

Atlantic South EP Launch at Mercury Cape Town by Laura McCullagh – OhGod

The opening instrumental band, OhGod, was amazing. Their Ghost Rock is a fusion of alternative rock and metalcore and their stage presence is exceptional. The sound quality of the evening was also spot-on with the exception of the bass guitars not coming through as much as would’ve been ideal. Nevertheless, OhGod had an over-abundance of spirit and beauty to put the crowded audience on a space trip to Titan (Avengers reference).

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Atlantic South EP Launch at Mercury Cape Town by Laura McCullagh – Atlantic South

Second up were the headliners of the night, Atlantic South, tearing up the venue with epic breakdowns and massive grins. Frontman Luke Edwards’ screaming vocals took everyone to level 10, reaffirming his position as one of the tippy-top screamers in the country while the members openly expressed their elation and excitement infecting the venue with headbanging, moshpits and enthusiasm.

Third on the line-up was the Joburg metalcore beast Facing The Gallows, one of the leaders in the SA music scene when it comes to screamo and heavy performances. These guys are industry heavyweights for a reason and although it felt like the sound mixing took a bit of a dip during their performance they still wrecked Mercury, conducting the bouncing multitude into circle pits and stage dive, frontman Bryan prodding people off the stage into the crowd surfing arena.

Atlantic South EP Launch at Mercury Cape Town by Laura McCullagh - Facing the Gallows

Atlantic South EP Launch at Mercury Cape Town by Laura McCullagh – Facing the Gallows

Atlantic South will be playing again on the 27th of November 2015 at ROAR in Observatory Cape Town promoting their self-titled EP along with Bulletscript and Set For The Sky, brought together by United Underground and Build Your Scene.

Keep a lookout for Gauteng tour dates to be announced in the near future and the band has lots planned.

 

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