Twentynine Palms doomsters Atala will be bringing their crushing metal to the Beatnik Lounge
on March 25. They were recently signed to Salt of the Earth Records, and have a new album, "Labyrinth of Ashmedai", completed and ready for release this spring. We recently caught up with Kyle Stratton to get his thoughts on doing small shows, recording, and what is in store for Atala over the coming year.
What are your feelings about the new album and how do you think Billy Anderson has helped shape your sound?
Wow. I love the new album. What we three did together - to me, it was amazing. I feel Billy is amazing. He is a great listener and a great artist as well as a great musician. Billy really understands the sound we want. He knows we just want to sound huge and aggressive as well as trippy in a modern sense. I feel like Billy is the greatest in the business at packaging heavy in a palatable way and still keeping it authentic. Basically he takes our raw sound and refines it without trying to make it radio or commercial.
How do you feel about playing local next month, and at a small, intimate venue?
I love playing local. Floor shows are the best. To me there is nothing like seeing a heavy band in a small place. I am excited because I feel my art was meant for confined areas. I think what I am feeling comes across best in an intimate setting. More real.
What future plans for Atala, this year and long term? You guys are planning on a European gig, right?
My plan is to listen very carefully to our management, which is Scott Harrington at 313 INC Artist Management and Salt of the Earth records. We will be appearing at the Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands in April. We're playing two sets there. This is huge for us carrier-wise. There is a west coast tour in the works for this summer as well as an East Coast run to follow. As far as Atala goes, I am looking at it as a business and I want to reach the largest market I can. I don't know what tomorrow holds, but one thing I do know is I will always push forward to get my art seen and heard.
Check out the official press release here