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Meet the Band: Atomic Junkshot

What is the biggest tip you followed when creating your sound?

It’s been a process of learning and most likely always will. But the most important tip has always been to be authentic and true to who and what you are, regardless of what others around you might think.

How did the sound evolve from the start to the finish?

When we started off, we were more focused on being a comedy music act, poking fun at things we found humorous—like the existence of Florida Georgia Line and country-rap music—but also kind of a country-rock version of Tenacious D. We were essentially trying to shock people into paying attention. But as comedy changed before, during and after the #MeToo movement, we realized we needed to evolve and focus on telling stories that were less shocking and more authentic. That’s who we are now. We certainly have a lot of honky-tonk-oriented lyrics that are offbeat, but it’s all within the content of true-to-life stories about our lives and perceptions.

Any tricks up your sleeve when making the music?

Rules are just suggested guardrails and it's ok to go outside those guardrails if you believe in your art. That, and country-rap sucks. RIP Florida Georgia Line.

Was there a collection of ideas that you had or did you have a really specific idea on the music?

Outside of the shift from lyrics that were purely focused on humor to more honky-tonk, Aaron’s songwriting has always been consistently and admittedly wordy, taking cues from his musical heroes such as Ray Wylie Hubbard, Steve Earle, Tom Petty and Tony Joe White. From a composition standpoint, he writes very straight forward, country- and rock-inspired rhythms that blend seamlessly with Joey’s more complex, progressive rock, blues and jazz-derived leads drawn from generations of prog-rock pioneers ranging from Pink Floyd's David Gilmour to Rob Crow of Pinback.

How much time do you demand of yourself to focus on music?

Probably not as much as we’d like. We all have a variety of outside interests and callings, but we try to work on our music each week and ensure we are as tight as possible for the people who are willing to spend their hard-earned dollars to see us play.

Do you have any tips or tricks for our audience on how to manage your time when it comes to making sure your music is on track for release?

As a band, we listen to it relentlessly along with our producers. But at the end of the day, it’s our call as to when it’s ready to drop. We just want to love that final product and be truly proud of it.

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