The Atlantic Union Project – 3,482 EP 12″ (Engineer Records / Sell The Heart Records / Shield Recordings)

The Atlantic Union Project - 3,482 EP 12" - Engineer Records / Sell The Heart Records / Shield Recordings

So, we’re steering back to melodic punk rock waters with the upcoming debut EP release by The Atlantic Union Project. You probably heard it before, or maybe you stumbled upon some news we posted about this outstanding band, but if you aren’t familiar with these guys already, you should pay attention now. The Atlantic Union Project is a transatlantic punk rock band made of former and current members of Couch Potatoes, Joeyfat, Rydell, Come The Spring, Threadline, Elemae, (Damn) This Desert Air, Arctic Sleep, Hidden Cabins, etc. If you listened to any of the bands I listed, you probably know what to expect from The Atlantic Union Project. Their sound is a polyphonous clash between ideas, creativity, experience, and years of performing punk rock, pop-punk, indie, and emo music.

3,482 Miles represent the distance between Boonton, New Jersey, and Brighton, the UK, two towns where the members of The Atlantic Union Project currently live, so that’s the main reason they picked this as an EP title. This material consists of six outstanding compositions that span several complementary music genres. You’ll notice how nineties melodic punk rock, pop punk, post-hardcore, emo, and indie scenes inspired these guys to assemble such an excellent debut. The band distilled their love for that particular era of underground music through some fresh ideas, which were cleverly arranged, performed, and produced. Therefore, don’t be surprised if the 3,483 Miles EP sounds like an intelligent clash between old-school and contemporary punk rock music. After all, The Atlantic Union Project presented its sound through three outstanding singles, such as The Actuary, Trustworthy, and Soon To End, promoted by the record labels and the band over several websites and social media.

What I adore about The Atlantic Union Project is the dueling between lead and rhythm guitars. There’s no way you’ll miss those powerful riffs and cleverly assembled melodies, harmonies, and themes. Both guitars are equally present in the mix, so everything sounds even more interesting. Thankfully, the bass guitar is also vividly hearable on each track. Those sharp, clean, almost semi-distorted basslines define the massiveness of these songs. As usual, melodic punk rock music wouldn’t sound energetic without dynamic rhythmic maneuvers, and the drummer knows how to decorate each segment properly. But wait until you hear Craig’s voice. This guy is a beast and never ceases to amaze me with his impressive vocal skills. Each member plays a significant role in defining the sound of The Atlantic Union Project. Replace one of them, and this EP wouldn’t sound the same. I know some readers would like to read comparisons with famous punk rock bands, but The Atlantic Union Project sounds unique to me, and if you pay close attention to their songs, there isn’t any other band like this one on the scene. 3,482 Miles comes out on September 9th via Engineer Records, Sell The Heart Records, and Shield Recordings. Do yourself a favor and pre-order their vinyl record, or compact disc, or at least pre-save the EP on your favorite streaming platform.

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