Among the influences listed on Atomic Tom’s Facebook page are The Cure, The Smiths, and New Order (twice). The UK Pop/Rock sound of the 80’s comes through on many of the cuts from their first full-length record, The Moment.
Recorded not in a home studio, but in an apartment studio in Brooklyn, The Moment explores a narrow but enjoyable path — from the anthemic “Let Let Go Tonight“, through the brooding title track, to the soft closing of “This Is How We Like to End“.
While their recordings demonstrate close attention paid to audio textures and soundscapes, they also know how to improvise. Their “Take Me Out” video was performed with and recorded by iPhones on the NYC Subway, and has garnered over 4.5 million views.
Atomic Tom should get some more attention from their cover of Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me”, a music video promoting the upcoming film Take Me Home Tonight. The video features cast members Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler, Teresa Palmer and Demetri Martin recreating scenes and characters from classic 80’s films.
Atomic Tom is about halfway through their first national headline tour, here are the remaining dates:
Feb 19 – Lansing, MI – Frost Fest
Feb 20 – Pontiac, MI – iLounge | Tix
Feb 22 – Columbus, OH – The Basement | Tix
Feb 24 – Toronto, ON, CAN – El Mocambo Club
Feb 25 – Ottawa, ON, CAN – Mavericks
Feb 27 – Boston, MA – Middle East (Downstairs) | Tix
March 2 – Hartford, CT – Webster Undergound | Tix
March 3 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwells | Tix
March 6 – Philadelphia, PA – North Star Bar | Tix
April 5 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506 | w/ Civil Twilight | Tix
April 6 – Columbia, SC – The House at 5 Points | w/ Civil Twilight | Tix
April 7 – Auburn, AL – The Bourbon Street Bar
April 8 – Atlanta, GA – The Drunken Unicorn | Tix
April 9 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits | Tix