7-Day Mixtape: Vol. 55 – ATOM & THE VOLUMES
With influences ranging from psychedelic rock to indie-electronic, high-energy Toronto jam-band / garage-rock quartet ATOM & THE VOLUMES have a penchant for musicianship.
Coming off a busy live-gig filled March – with several more prominent bills under their belts – Marc Atom Borins, Bradley Snider, Gabe Kugelmass, and Michael Grundy are creeping ever-closer to their one-year anniversary show (April 20th @ The Cameron House), as they prepare to finally drop their debut EP on the masses sometime in the following months.
We caught up with Borins and Co. and they eagerly jumped at the chance to share some of their recent favourite tunes – check out their thoughts (and stream the mix) below; be sure to hit them up around the web to find out when that debut EP hits.
JIMI HENDRIX – The New Rising Sun / Belly Button Window
Marc Atom Borins: “I found Voodoo Soup in Thailand when I was 12 – it was a HENDRIX album I had never heard before. The moment I put it on, it opened up my ears to the magic of these rare cuts. After losing the disk for years I rediscovered it and have been blasting it for morning wake-ups recently.”
THE BARR BROTHERS – Lord I Just Can’t Keep From Cryin’
Marc Atom Borins & Gabe Kugelmass: “We discovered the very talented BARR BROTHERS two winters ago, immediately being captured by their hit ‘Beggar in The Morning’. Since then, we’ve seen a handful of their Toronto shows. This song sticks out as a dirty winner every time: the group brings this classic BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON tune from 1928 back to life with its soaring, distorted electric slide guitar and raw bluesy vocals. These guys are on a serious climb. Their debut album is fantastic.”
DAVID CROSBY – Cowboy Movie
Marc Atom Borins: “After seeing CHRIS ROBINSON & JOHN SCOFIELD lead PHIL LESH & Friends on their 2005 tour stop in Buffalo, there was one song that really stood out: ‘Cowboy Movie’ – ROBINSON’s vocals brought it home. After downloading it, my friend Jer did some research and found CROSBY’s solo album If I Could Only Remember My Name: rare and absolutely amazing.”
RADIOHEAD – Lotus Flower
Michael Grundy & Marc Atom Borins: “Although The King of Limbs isn’t our favorite RADIOHEAD record, it did have some exceptionally psychedelic/experimental sounds. We were especially impressed by the drummer’s pulse and creativity throughout the track. Handclaps are always cool when layered over expertly-composed rhythms. Lots goin’ on in this song, driving it the way RADIOHEAD does so well.”
PAVEMENT – Gold Soundz
Bradley Snider & Marc Atom Borins: “Pioneering a distinct indie sound, this track rocks with playful, effortless and honest raw vocals that follow a fun upbeat vibe – this song is really easy to swing along to. We’re huge fans of this album and its crisp production value that still keeps the integrity of a garage rock vibe.”
THE BLACK KEYS – Never Give You Up
Michael Grundy & Marc Atom Borins: “The first time I [Marc] heard this song I thought it was a 60s staple and assumed it was a woman singing – I said ‘Man I love this song… who sings it again?’ – as if I had heard it a thousand times. The horns and the vocal line really punch this song out… Simple and so damn catchy.”
RYAN ADAMS – Chains Of Love
Gabe Kugelmass & Marc Atom Borins: “We are big RYAN ADAMS fans… the quality of his voice is so pure and soulful. His music has undergone a number of different incarnations and his new album sees him return to his roots as a singer/songwriter in stripped-down fashion. ‘Chains of Love’ is a real stand-out track on the album, combining ADAMS’ penchant for writing lyrics that are simple yet profound at the same time, with his impeccable sense of song structure and melody.”