Article and Photography By: Madi Heath
After sitting down with Australian trio Chase Atlantic, it was hard not to fall in love with their style and the energy they radiate. Brothers Mitchel and Clinton Cave, along with lifelong friend Christian Anthony, make up the newly-formed band that have grown an incredibly large fan base in such a short period of time.
After moving to Los Angeles about a year ago, they have been producing new music and touring nonstop. While the three of them have been making music together for majority of their lives, they finally decided to form Chase Atlantic a few years ago, releasing their first EP in 2014. Over time, they have grown to make new and interesting music with their own signature style; and it has done nothing but pay off for the group. Chase Atlantic signed with Warner Music Group in 2016, and released their first full-length album the following year.
Chase Atlantic has now been touring around the U.S. and Canada with the electro-pop/indie musician, Lights. The openers shows are quite exciting, and as lead singer Mitchel put it, has a stronger essence of “rock.” They liven the audience with every move and every lyric. Their stage presence is very dark and intense, while still bearing the spirit of rock to their alt-pop/hip-hop songs.
It was incredible to have the opportunity to sit down with Mitchel and Christian before their show in Denver. They are making new music, touring to new places, and meeting new people. They are more than ready to take on the rest of 2018. Here are a few of the questions they answered:
Q: What are you guys looking forward to doing most in 2018?
C: Our second album
M: Yeah, I think just making music in general.
C: It’s quite a touring year, so as much as we love to play shows, our place is in the studio together. We like doing it.
M: It’s very magical when you get to release music, and finally get feedback on it, on the sound.
C: And if you’d asked us when we were in the studio before touring we would’ve said going on tour. *laughs*
M: But we’re most of all excited about playing festivals as well I guess, it’s our first year playing festivals. And the big ones as well, which is really cool.
Q: I saw you guys are playing at Bonnaroo, right?
M: Yeah, and Lollapalooza, Firefly, …. A bunch of ‘em. It’s a really busy year.
Q: Yeah, especially just getting started, just a few years ago, right?
C: Yeah, we’ve only been touring for four months.
M: We’ve been making music together for a long time but we decided to make it a career about four years ago.
Q: In conjunction with that, [Mitchel] and Clinton are brothers, but as you said, you guys have all been making music together for a long time. Has that ever caused any problems being related, or being that close for so long?
M: Honestly, it’s good because we’re all so close. Like, if there is any issues or problems we can always figure it out.
C: Yeah and it’s never anything about music. It’s either about hygiene stuff or girls or something, I don’t think we’ve ever had a musical disagreement. Or just being stressed on tour and not having our
M: It’s just sibling stuff normally.
C: It’s like what your parents taught you, you just resolve it before you go to bed.
M: Yeah, and if anything, it helps.
C: Yeah cause you have people in bands… and they just keep it professional, you know? There’s no emotional attachment.
M: If you’re not close with these people then it’s not worth it.
Q: What do you want people to think when they first see you live?
C: “Oh shit”
M: Yeah, “Holy shit!” “Oh my god that was the best thing I’ve ever seen.” We don’t ever wanna be underwhelming.
C: We always wanna be too much, too much energy.
M: Something that people can walk away from and say, “I was not expecting that.”
C: And I think we do that. We’re much more of a rock band live, we put our all into the shows.
Q: Do you think there’s another band or musician that a lot of people compare you to?
M: Yeah, it changes a lot of the time.
C: Not as much anymore, cause when we first started, you know, we took a lot from the Neighbourhood, the 1975. Not “took” a lot but…
M: Yeah we were very young and very easily inspired.
C: Very easily inspired, and it was kind of the start so, you know, that was like our first stepping stone to do that. Now that we’re kind of discovering who we are and we’re still doing it ourselves, creating our own sound so it’s been a while. It’s still the 1975 sometimes.
M: But it’s in a good way. They used to compare us in a negative way. And now, while we do get compared to other artists it’s in a very positive way. Which is good, cause it means we’ve been put on our own separate little stool away from the group.
C: And hopefully one day, within the next album, I hope, is when people try to kind of imitate us, which would be cool.
M: It sounds super cocky. *laughs*
C: Yeah I mean it in a good way, it’s the biggest form of flattery.
M: Yeah, I’d love nothing more than for people to be inspired by us.
Q: Now that you guys are continuously making new music, is there a favorite song you’ve written? Even from something in the past?
C: There’s always somethin’ about “Swim” for me.
M: Swim is a great song.
C: And this is gonna sound really cocky but it was probably my favorite song in 2017 out of any song ever. I don’t know why, but even the granular synthesis sounds of the water just kind of reminds me of home, and I just really like that song. And the way it came about was, pretty much done in a day. We were playing basketball outside and Mitchel just came out and was like, “what about swim?” I was just like, “you’re a genius.”
M: The new music is definitely my favorite.
C: Yeah, well new music is always gonna be a favorite.
M: Yeah, just can’t say the name. They’re all our little babies, really.
Q: Christian, you mentioned that song reminds you of home, which leads to my next question. How does it feel to start out in Australia, then moving to LA and now you’re out touring the U.S. and Canada?
C: It’s great. I love it.
M: It’s very different. A lot of people we know from back home don’t get to do this kind of thing, so we feel very privileged to be able to do this.
C: It was our choice though, we never wanted to settle, cause we love Australia, it’s beautiful, [but] so many friends of ours signed to labels over there.
M: But there’s a really big glass ceiling.
C: Yeah, you can’t really extend past that, whereas if you start in America you can kind of make your way back home.
M: Yeah, we can do much bigger things in the States than we could in Australia.
C: And you know, people come to shows here. People don’t really like going to shows that much in Australia, unfortunately.
M: There’s a lot of tall poppy syndrome.
C: It’s also very hard to get to each city. *laughs* But America is great, we love it.
Q: Lastly, if you couldn’t say music, what’s your favorite thing to do?
C: Um, I love basketball. I like watching highlights and stuff like that,
C: But I guess if had to do something else [other than music] I’d be a sailor.
M: Sailor’s same for me. Just a freelance man just doing everything I can, sailing.
C: I love being on yachts. I know people who get paid to look after ships, like pay them to take their ships out, yeah that’d be so good. *laughs* Oh, and Mario Kart.
M: Mario Kart? I fuck with Mario Kart. It’s a great game. Oh! And drinking beers. Drinking beers and smoking LEGAL weed.
Overall, it was a pleasure to get to talk to them, and as promised, it would be a shame to give Chase Atlantic’s performance anything but a 10/10. No questions asked. Be sure to keep an eye out for their new music, and if you get an opportunity to see them live, do not pass it up.