Q&A with Freeze The AtlanticBy Jake Ben-David
January 18, 2012
FARNBOROUGH dwelling alt-rockers Freeze The Atlantic launched into the scene in late 2008.
Consisting of members from local legends such as Hundred Reasons/Reuben/Archie and the Instincts and Spectrum 7, the band is currently gearing up for a February tour in Ireland with Fighting With Wire.
With their brand new single Volcanoes due for release on March 5th through Alcopop Records the band have a busy few months ahead.
Chris, Tom, Andy and Sean take time out to speak to us.
What knowledge and skills have you learnt and adopted from your past experiences of being in established bands?
Sean: I learned that keeping an eye on finances is probably a good idea.
Tom: Work hard, then work harder.
Andy: The main thing for me is in the live performance when you know what the score is for gig etiquette (working with promoters, venue staff, knowing your stage time, general attitude).
It does make a big difference when you leave a venue on a good note and they want you back!
Who came up with the band name?
Andy: Jon Pearce (now ex-bass player) spat it out at a practice!
Seeing as it is the song by the ace British band Cable we all jumped on it!
Which members are the key songwriters in the band?
Chris: We are a very collaborative band which I think is a healthy thing. We have different individual influences and this means we always have ideas bubbling for new tracks.
Tom: What Chris said is a good answer.
Sean: With Freeze The Atlantic, everyone brings their own feel to the track, more so than any band I've worked with in the past anyway!
Andy: Everyone has their own input into writing and I definitely think that makes you a much more diverse band.
Which performance so far has been the most memorable?
Chris: For me, the most memorable performance was my first show with the band, it was in my home town, Northampton, at an annual gig called 'Bollocks to Poverty'. They have raised loads of money for charity over the years (Action Aid).
We played pretty well too...
The best show for the band was probably selling out the Camden Barfly on their launch show... before me and Sean were on the scene.
Tom: Probably the 2010 Fleece and Firkin show in Bristol with Cars on Fire. That was awesome!
Or maybe the Halloween show in Gloucester with Attack! Attack! where we all played with Halloween masks on and nearly passed out 'cos it was so hot!
Andy: I think the last show we did with Jon in Manchester supporting our good friends in Sucioperro will be remembered as a good one. It was sad to see him go but at least he went out on a high!
For your new single/video Volcanoes, you invite ex-FTA vocalist Liv Puente to perform alongside current singer Chris. Was there any stifled jealousy from Chris?
Chris: Haha! No there was no stifled jealousy from me; Liv co-wrote the song ‘Volcanoes’ whilst he was on the Attack! Attack! tour with the guys so I wanted him to be on the track as did the rest of the band.
Liv is a goodun and is always welcome on a stage with me or in a video...
Tom: Both Chris and Liv are ledges and that's that.
Sean: I doubt it. Chris knows he's the man.
Finally, if a blockbuster film was made about the band, which famous actors would play your roles?
Andy: Chris can have Matt Smith (current Dr Who), Tom will be Michael Cera. I will be Michael Chiklis. Sean can be Ralph Macchio and Guy can be the gopher from Caddyshack! Hehe.
Find out more about the Freeze The Atlantic at www.freezetheatlantic.co.uk and view their new video for Volcanoes below!