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Why Chase Atlantic Should Be Your New Favorite Band

January 21, 20185 min read

Chase Atlantic are going to take the world by storm, and you’re going to want to be there to see it.

When I first stumbled upon Chase Atlantic, they had only released a few EPs. They were an unknown band with a decent following. Their music was upbeat and had a similar feel to The 1975. I was hooked within minutes. I didn’t know why nobody knew about them. On one hand, I wanted to tell everyone about them and get them more exposure. But like most underground band lovers, I also wanted to keep them my little secret.

Now, a year and a half later, I’m ready to share my little secret with the world. I’m ready to give them the exposure they deserve.

Chase Atlantic are an Australian trio composed of members Mitchel Cave, Clinton Cave and Christian Anthony. They consider their music to be “dark alternative pop.” They also say they “draw the line between a nocturnal aesthetic and primal bliss.” I personally can’t think of a better way to describe their discography. It possesses a dark vibe in a way that captivates you with their well-written lyrics and haunting saxophone.

Leading up to their debut album, they released three EPs throughout 2017. Called Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3, these collections of songs gave listeners a taste of their reinvented sound. It was different than their older EPs, such as Nostalgia and Dalliance. It was darker, but the old Chase Atlantic sound still resonated. With the release of these EPs sporadically through the year, fans become more excited to hear their debut album.

They toured with Sleeping with Sirens on their Gossip tour last year, which was an amazing opportunity and definitely expanded their fanbase. This year, they will be joining Lights on tour and also will perform at several festivals, such as Firefly and Bonnaroo.

I personally was able to listen to their self-titled album before it was released to the world. The trio held an event in Asbury Park, New Jersey in September, where they invited fans to hang out with them and listen to the unreleased album at a place called Outpost City. It’s basically a rest stop for artists on tour, where they can do their laundry and just take a day off. Chase Atlantic were kind enough to invite their fans, and so I willingly drove just under an hour to Asbury Park on a school night just to see them. It was so worth it.

The whole experience was incredible. The boys were incredibly down-to-earth and easy to talk to. We talked about music (not just their music — music in general), their tour life and so much more. They all thanked me several times for being there and showing my support for their music. Christian hugged me almost every time I went to talk to him. They were so sweet, and you could tell they truly cared about their fans.

I was also able to get a glimpse of their debut album, as I mentioned before. They slow danced to the chilling “Angeline,” and it truly felt like a house party, when they blasted “Okay” so loud the whole town probably could have heard.

I already knew Chase were an amazing band, and this experience just made me love them even more.

Their self-titled album was finally released on Oct. 4, a few days before the expected release date. It ranges from high-energy, catchy songs like “Swim,” “Keep It Up,” and “Okay,” to slower, emotion-evoking ballads such as “Ozone.” Each song makes you feel a completely different emotion. Their music style is like none other. This album is truly one of the most original works I have heard in years. Chase Atlantic are changing the music game, and I think more people should realize it.

If you’re looking for a new favorite band, Chase Atlantic should be it.

You can listen to their new feature with De’Wayne Jackson called “Adios” here.

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Molly Cuddy

Freshman at the University of Maryland. Obsessed with chai lattes, the color yellow and Timothée Chalamet. Her Twitter is @mollycuddy.

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