Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life are very proud to bring you an interview with industrial/post-metal project, Atonement Theory!
1. How did you get started as a band?
Atonement Theory started as a project I was working on during my down time with Harm’s Way. I didn’t really intend for it to see the light of day initially. One day I got a bug up my butt about finishing the 4 songs I had and putting it out, but I quickly realised there wasn’t much incentive for a label to put it out if I didn’t perform live, so I worked on putting together a live line up, and about a year later, here we are.
2. How would you describe your sound?
Industrial metal? I’m a huge fan of bands like Godflesh, Jesu, Isis, Neurosis, Triptykon etc. I also love a lot of melodic alternative rock bands like Failure, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots & Alice In Chains, so I tried to find a balance somewhere in the middle. I’ve always strived to find a perfect balance of heavy and melodic music, as music that does that well has always been near and dear to me.
3. What bands/artists would you say have influenced your style of music?
Mostly what I stated in the previous question. But more than any bands overall, I’d say Godflesh and Failure single-handedly influence me the most.
There are also influences from dark wave and industrial bands like Depeche Mode, NIN, New Order, Razed In Black.
4. Has the rise of YouTube & music streaming helped or hindered you as a band?
To he honest it hasn’t really affected me or this band yet, because nobody really gives a shit about us, LOL. I guess you’d have to have people for it to have an impact. It hasn’t hindered anything though. We have a music video on YouTube, so I hope people check it out.
5. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not making music?
I really enjoy seeing the vision of my creations come together. As an artist, there’s no better feeling. I guess that’s why I’ve always really enjoyed the recording process when most people I’ve ever been in bands with absolutely hate or dread recording/being in the studio.
6. What are your future plans musically? Tours?
We’ve been playing very regularly in and around Chicago and the surrounding Midwest, but we don’t have any master plans or delusions of grandeur. I’m not going to sit here and lie about that or be fake to anyone. We’re just sort of taking things as they come because we’re all old and jaded, but I would like to do some touring at some point honestly.