Australia’s Chase Atlantic are brothers Clinton and Mitchel Cave, and their, long time friend Christian Anthony. Together the trio passionately create dark alternative pop, punctuated by rock and R&B.
The band released two independent EPs, Dalliance in 2014 and Nostalgia a year later and a successful self-titled debut album followed in 2017. They even caught the attention of Good Charlotte’s Joel and Benji Madden and were subsequently signed to the Madden brother’s music company, MDDN
This week sees the release of Chase Atlantic’s latest EP Don’t Try This, due January 25th, 2019. This is going to be a busy year for the band, fortunately, front-man Mitchel Cave was able to take some time out to speak with Flick Of The Finger about all thing’s Chase Atlantic.
The past 12 months have been a defining time for Chase Atlantic, can you tell us what has been happening and what it has been like?
Mitchel: 2018 has been a year on the road for us. When we started this band, we focused solely on creating music, content and I guess never gave much thought to touring and life on the road. This year we played over 150 shows. Sold out headline shows all over America, the UK and Europe. Played some of the biggest festivals in the world including the travelling circus that is Warped Tour. We finished the year out by releasing a couple of songs we produced while we were on the road. It’s a tough lifestyle to be constantly moving around but to be able to see the world and play in front of people who have been supporting us for so long makes it all worth it.
What has been those stand out moments?
Mitchel: I think there have been multiple events this year which truly stand out. Playing festivals like Bonaroo and Reading and Leeds was a huge milestone for us. It was our first time performing in front of a crowd of over 10,000 people and to be playing on the same stage as artist like Playboi Carti and Brockhampton really makes you think about how far you’ve come from making songs in your bedroom. I also think this last headline tour was something special. Finishing the year with crowds that knew every single lyric to our songs is something we will remember for the rest of our lives.
With your debut album, the eponymously titled Chase Atlantic, there is almost a 50/50 split of tracks previously released and new tracks. What was your thinking behind presenting your debut this way rather, than say, an album with predominately new songs?
Mitchel: The self-titled album was really our first full body piece of work. People had heard of us before through songs like Friends and Into It, but your first body of work is such an important part of being a young artist/groups career. It’s potentially the first thing a music consumer will listen to when they find your band. The EP’s helped us develop an understanding of what our core supporters were into, and we took our favourite songs as well as the public’s and infused it with brand new songs to create a solid piece of work that we hoped would resonate with new listeners.
Over the past few years your sound has transformed, has this been a conscious adjustment or a more organic one?
Mitchel: In the past 4 years we have matured from when we originally started the band and so did our taste in music. That mixed with the situations we found ourselves in, including moving from Australia to LA, that naturally changed the way we viewed the world. Ultimately this changed the way we wrote and produced our music. As we evolve and the musical world evolves who knows what we will sound like in a few years. Probably just going to end up a Drum n Bass band. (laughter)
You have a growing, passionate and loyal fanbase. How does it feel watching that grow and seeing how interactive your fans are?
Mitchel: We are very grateful to our supporters. The difference between our first show at LA Schools Night in 2014, with two girls in the audience who were singing every word, to now is honestly the craziest feeling. The stories they tell, the friendships that have prospered and the lives we have helped from the music we make is not necessarily something we sort out originally to do. We just wanted to make music we liked, and we hoped other people liked. But it is something we hold true to our hearts now. Being able to create these friendships and being a part of our supporters’ lives is something that we truly love and appreciate.
You are about to release your latest EP, Don’t Try This can you tell us a bit about its inception?
Mitchel: Don’t Try This is going to be our cleanest and truest EP release to date. We have written a lot of songs this year that we haven’t released. So, we are excited to put together a small body of our favourites. We actually wrote, produced, recorded and mixed most of the records on this EP on a tour bus. We could have waited to get back into a studio, but we want our fans and the world to hear the music ASAP!
Post new EP release what plans are you making for the rest of 2019?
Mitchel: We are definitely planning on coming back to the UK in 2019. The UK goes hard!!! London was one of the best shows of our lives. Can’t wait to come back and play all of the new songs, as well as some of the classics.