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Pop / Rock 20/07/2007

The Photo Atlas Named 'One Of The 22 Best Underground Bands That Likely Won't Stay Underground For Long!'

NE WYORK (Top40 Charts/ Stolen Transmission Records) - Underscoring its bedrock support for Denver-based dance-punk phenoms The Photo Atlas, and their debut album NO, NOT ME, NEVER on Stolen Transmission Records, comes another high profile nudge from A'P (Alternative Press) magazine, in the brand new July issue. ?AP, who named the Photo Atlas "One Of 100 Bands To Watch In 2007" earlier this year, narrows it down this month to "One Of The 22 Best Underground Bands That Likely Won't Stay Underground For Long!" The buzz was amped with the nomination of the "Handshake Heart Attack" video as one of "The Freshman 5" on mtvU was in the spring.

The Photo Atlas Alan Andrews (vocal/ guitar), Bill Threlkeld III (guitar), Mark Hawkins (bass), and Devon Shirley (drums/sampling) ? draw on the staccato energy and powerful dynamics of Fugazi, the off-kilter, proggy changes and pained, plaintive vocals of At The Drive In, and the straightforward drive of Bloc Party to create a frenzied, blistering, often paranoid noise. But one that you can dance to.

Nestled in Denver, away from the prying eyes of New York's shoe-gazing hipsters and L.A.'s burgeoning scene, the Photo Atlas' explosive blend of machine-gun guitar percussives, Brit- rock danceability and punk rock urgency came ripping out of seemingly nowhere on their debut album.? NO, NOT ME, NEVER (a joint release with Morning After Records) was one of the first releases on Stolen Transmission, an imprint of Island Def Jam Records launched in 2006 by Rob Stevenson, Island Records Executive Vice President, A&R, and Sarah Lewitinn.

Early praise was been heaped on NO, NOT ME, NEVER from the moment it arrived in stores on March 6th.? AP's 4- star album review was followed up with an invitation for to The Photo Atlas to play the magazine's prestigious showcase at Emo's less than two weeks later, during the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference in Austin, Texas.

Hometown support has also been unequivocal.? Ricardo Baca of The Denver Post wrote, "The razor precision of Photo Atlas' slamming swordsmanship puts the craftsmanship of the Ginsu Corporation to shame."? "NO, NOT ME, NEVER is by far one of the year's finest discs," raved Dave Herrera of Westword, adding, "The effect is seismic on the dance floor."? Not to be outdone, John Moore of The Post proclaimed, "Ask anyone Denver's most likely breakout band for 2006 and most likely you'll be told the irresistible young waif punks Atlas."

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