Photography by Jeremy Elder
Article by Jillian Blumberg
Originally made up of three brothers from Adelaide, South Australia, the group called Atlas Genius originated from a dream in the middle of the night.
The band formed in 2009, playing in their family’s garage and performing at a local pub to fund their studio ventures at home. As time went on, they received more and more recognition from local venues and friends who loved their sound.
Releasing their debut single “Trojans” in May 2011, the group was ready to step into the spotlight. The group was signed very soon after by Warner Bros. Records, which released Through the Glass in 2012, providing even more publicity for the ever-changing group of brothers and friends.
After Steven, one of the Jeffery brothers, left the group because of an inability to tour, Keith and Michael messed around with the members and have finally made the best lineup yet. On tour currently are Keith and Michael Jeffrey, who cover lead vocals/guitar and drums respectively, Alex Marans, who covers vocals and bass, and Blake Straus, who covers vocals, keys, and guitar.
This tour is an impeccable mix of their oldest classics and their newest hits, which seems to allow the group to relive their favorite moments and make glorious new ones with the recently added members.
Opening their set with “Electric,” one of their most popular songs from When It Was Now, the band seemed like they were more comfortable than the audience. The stage presence of Keith was apparent from the very beginning: interacting with every part of the audience, dancing around with his band members, and talking to the audience about hugging each other in between songs. It was an evening that made everyone look around and wonder if they were around strangers or old friends, jamming and dancing around to the songs we had loved together since 2011.
As they progressed through their set, they seemed to be even more delighted to be sharing their music with the room. A few changes to their set included bridges being followed by drum solos instead of the regular verse and songs being cut in the middle and morphing into another hit from the same album. Verses were carried on after the original ending of the song so the audience could sing along, adding to the excitement.
The band has been compared to many of their influences, the most frequent including Death Cab for Cutie and Beck, and it’s clear the group has earned respect with their ability to add their own unique tone and backgrounds to the songs they love.
Understanding that the altitude may have been leading the boys to get winded quickly, they threw everything they had into their last song. The night ended on an amazing note, with the band coming outside to greet the audience and take pictures.
The charisma of every member allows this group to be who they are and gives them the elements they need to keep rising in the ranks of the music world.
Giving their music space, adding sections where it speaks for itself and breathes, is what they list as their greatest love of playing and performing. Hopefully this love will keep going and give the group even more room to grow and produce new albums, allowing these boys to be around for quite a while.