Dem Atlas, The Lioness, DJ Keezy
318 E. Congress St.
Tucson, Arizona, 85701
In the three years since Atmosphere's dropped a full length record on the world, they've been far from stagnant, staying at the top of their game in every respect. For the better part of two years, Atmosphere toured the globe in support of their critically acclaimed - and #5 Billboard Top 200 charting - album, When LIfe Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold. And in their "spare" time, the group returned home to Minneapolis in 2009 to record their 2010 double EP, To All My Friends, Blood Makes The Blade Holy, an homage to their friends.
In 2011, Atmosphere is taking that feeling one step farther with this long awaited LP, The Family Sign, a tribute to their true extended family: their fans, their loved ones, and each other.
The Family Sign was written early in 2010, and as they sat down to record the record, the Family grew a few times over. In the studio, Atmosphere was joined by long time touring musicians Nate "The Guitar Man" Collis (guitar) and Erick Anderson (keys). At home, 2010 also saw the addition of two real-life children to the Atmosphere family, further inspiring the writing process and the concept, and title, of the album.
The Family Sign comes from a place well refined and firmly planted, from a universal perspective. It's about being okay with losing friends and strengthening your bonds with others, celebrating the person who's been the most positive in your life, your kids, your homies, leaving the people you need to behind, and bringing the ones you love with you. It's about your family, your time and the time you have with them. It's about living and dying. It's the truth about family, that it comes from loyalty as much as biology. It's about breaking down your perceptions of family and really appreciating the people who've made you who you are and continue doing so.
The Family Sign is Atmosphere's most personal and intimate album yet; it involves and engages the listener like never before. Slug's signature voice weaves in and out of Ant's ASR-born production, Nate Collis' bluesy guitar riffs and the sound of Erick Anderson's unmistakable keys giving The Family Sign a fresh, unique edge without sacrificing Atmosphere's signature sound. Join the Family April 12th, 2011.
Joshua Evans first began his journey penning poems as a
freshman in high school. After four years of being the frontman of his
high school band, he made a decision to go solo. deM atlaS was born.
Evans describes Dem Atlas as having two sides, despite only being one
"It's sort of like there's two of us," Evans says. "Dem is the
unenlightened and ignorant side, whereas Atlas is the mythic, holy
figure in control; he is all-powerful, all-knowing and all-seeing."
Dem used his musical experiences to propel himself into different textures
and sounds of music, ranging from Folk to Alt-Rock to Hip Hop. Moved
by art, friendship and spirituality, deM atlaS conveys through his
music the duality between Man & God, Ignorance & Brilliance,
Enlightenment & Obscurity.
Having spent the last year performing in and around Minneapolis
in support of his early 2013 debut EP release, Charle Brwn,
deM atlaS is ready to deliver his messages to a broader landscape.