I remember first discovering Atlas Genius on Spotify a few years ago after hearing their breakthrough single, “Trojans” on the radio. I was pleasantly surprised to have discovered a hidden gem in their debut, When It Was Now. While all of the songs possessed the same breezy indie-yacht feel of their current hit, the album contained many memorable electro-rock jams bringing to mind the sounds of Cut Copy and Two Door Cinema Club.
Likewise, Atlas Genius did not disappoint during their October 20 show at The Parish – House of Blues. What was most notable was how much harder the band sounds live; the Jeffery brothers even gave a slight nod to their performance’s added adrenaline rush when they threw in the opening riff to RATM’s “Bulls on Parade” during a guitar solo early in the set.
While the show included several of my favorites from their debut, including “If So”, “Back Seat”, “Electirc”, and, of course, “Trojans”, the show heavily focussed on their latest effort, Inanimate Animals. The highlight, however, was a perfect cover of Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”.