Lower than Atlantis are aiming higher than ever

Victor Ariat

Smooth sailing for Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at Portsmouth Guildhall

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Confidence is one thing you could never accuse Lower Than Atlantis frontman Mike Duce of being in short supply of.

But when you know you’re sitting on an album as chock full of anthems-in-waiting as his band are, it’s understandable. The self-titled fourth album is due for release in September, but in the meantime LTA are playing a short series of club dates, including the Wedgewood Rooms on Tuesday.

When frontman Mike Duce spoke with The Guide, the band had just returned from their first Japanese tour. And Mike was in bullish mood about their prospects – recently released single Here We Go has been picking up plaudits and airplay.

‘I think this is the album that’s going to take us everywhere,’ says Mike. ‘It’s been crazy, we’ve got more off this one new single, than we did off the whole last album. It was played 11 times in one day on Radio 1.’

But it’s not surprising the band are gung-ho about the new album campaign.

To the outside world, things may have appeared to have been going well – Changing Tune, their third album and major label debut was the first to crack the top 30, and started gaining traction in the US.

Behind the scenes, however, Island wanted to release the band from its contract during a period of ‘steamlining’, as Mike puts it.

For a while the band considered calling it a day.

And while the band considered its next step, Mike suddenly found himself in demand as a songwriter.

‘I wrote a song called Emily for LTA with a collective called The Invisible Men, and at the time it looked like we were going to break up, so they asked if they could shop it around.

‘They took it to One Direction’s management who said “It’s not for them, but we’d like for (pop punks) Five Seconds of Summer to come in and do something with you”. And it’s kind of snowballed from there.’

It’s a reflection of his ambition that Mike sees no problem squaring this with his punk-roots. And definitely don’t call them sell-outs: ‘It’s that whole, if you can’t beat them, join them mentality. If I don’t do it, someone else will, then who’s the mug?

‘The definition of a sell-out is to compromise your artistic integrity to gain financial success. And it’s plain to see, we’re not exactly millionaires are we? We just play the music we like.’

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