British four-piece indie/post-hardcore act LOWER THAN ATLANTIS has inked a North American deal with Sumerian Records. The band's new album, "World Record", will be combined with the group's debut, "Far Q", and made available as a double-disc release on April 19.
Commented Sumerian Records dreator Ash Avildsen: "Certain timeless bands in the history of hardcore/punk — bands like AT THE DRIVE IN, REFUSED and FUGAZI — through their raw musical, emotion, honest lyrics and mood have been able to make an everlasting mark on heavy music. Now at the start of a new decade, I believe we have found a fresh hope for a true blue-collar DIY punk rock band that brings this same spirit to the scene. With their mature songwriting and the bare-it-all sincerity of their words, LOWER THAN ATLANTIS have already made a permanent impact on my life and I feel like a teenager discovering my favorite band all over again."
Added LOWER THAN ATLANTIS vocalist Mike Duce: "We're extremely excited to be working with Sumerian Records. We met the team briefly at some rubbish club we were playing in London and we all seem to be on the same page.
"It's every band's dream to have an album released (and to tour) in America and for this band, the dream's come true twice because both our albums are hitting U.S. shores at once.
"We can't wait to show some Americans what this band's all about and to just have a good time fucking around, meeting new people and getting pissed out of our heads on Budweiser! We also have the Sumerian guys to thank for making it possible for us broke fuckers to tour the states and even luckier for our first tour being the 'Reckless And Relentless' tour. We're kind of the odd band out on the bill, being a more punky/rock British band as opposed to our heavier U.S. touring buds, but I guess this is just a chance for us to win over some new fans. We've done it before, and we'll do it again. Lock up your daughters, wives, sisters, aunts, etc. See you all soon."
Sumerian first came across LOWER THAN ATLANTIS by way of booking agent Amanda Fiore (ANIMALS AS LEADERS, BORN OF OSIRIS, THE GHOST INSIDE) who signed the band for representation in North America months before the label had ever seen or met them.
LOWER THAN ATLANTIS is set to make its much-anticipated Stateside debut this February with CLOSE YOUR EYES, to be followed by the band's participation in the "Reckless And Relentless' tour alongside ASKING ALEXANDRIA, EMMURE, CHIODOS, MISS MAY I and EVERGREEN TERRACE.