“A life without passion is worse than death.”- (Interview with Chris Lane of Finding Atlantis)
Q: Can you introduce yourself and tell me what part you have in Finding Atlantis?
A: Chris Lane, I’m the Vocalist for Finding Atlantis.
Q: How and when did Finding Atlantis form as a band?
A: We were all previously in a band together, and all just kind of went our separate ways for numerous reasons, so we’d all worked with each other musically before. Arthur started this band as kind of a solo thing, and got Josh in on it, then they asked Shawn to play. One day they hit me up asking if I knew any vocalists (I was supposed to be working with another band at the time so they didn’t ask me), and when they asked how things were going with the band, I told them it kind of fell through, so they asked if I wanted to come jam with them. Things worked out and we just kind of ran with it. The final lineup came together in July of last year.
Q: Is there any meaning or story behind the band’s name?
A: When we started this band we wanted to set out to do something that’s never been done. I think deep down that’s what all bands really want in one way or another. No one has ever actually FOUND Atlantis, therefore to find Atlantis would be to do something that’s never been done. We are Finding Atlantis = We are doing something that’s never been done.
Q: Where are all the band members from?
A: Everyone’s from NC actually. We all live relatively close to each other so it’s extremely convenient for everyone.
Q: You guys will be going into the studio to record your new album in August. How excited are you about that and to put out new music for you fans?
A: We’re actually in the studio right now, the 2nd of July will be our last day of recording. We’re hoping to have it released in August. We’re all very excited though, our fans are constantly asking when we’ll have new songs for them, so rather than give them a couple of songs here and there we just decided to build the anticipation and put out a whole EP all at once.
Q: Will you be doing anything different from your previous debut EP “The Saltwater Cure”?
A: I personally feel like it’s a lot different. Before the first EP we weren’t even really sure where we were going to go with it. It was just a project for us all to write, and put out music because we all thrive off of music so much that it’s hard to go too long without playing. We literally wrote and recorded the entire first EP in one month. When we released it, the response from fans was much better than anyone expected. With this album we went into it with a much more solid plan, and we spent more time on each song. This album also has a much more mature sound. We’ve all grown as musicians a ton since “The Saltwater Cure”, and it really shows in these songs. The songs are a lot more personal than the songs on TSWC as well.
Q: What is your song “High Hopes Break Hearts” about?
A: As cliche and unoriginal as it sounds, it’s about a girl I dated. The majority of the songs I had written for all my bands in the past were about her, which is another thing I finally broke away from on the new album. That song is pretty much about the heartbreak that comes with ending a long-term relationship, the feeling you get when you realize that you’ve been lied to for most of your relationship and having to find out the truth on your own (such as the second verse “so this is why you never called? So this is why you’re busy now?” etc.), and how hard it is to go about life the way you normally would after it’s over (“When you’re sleeping with a broken heart, I swear to god waking up is the hardest part”), but also how getting away from that feeling makes you feel on top of the world (“when you’re dreaming with a sense of hope you gotta get away, but the world is ours tonight”). No matter how much you think you love someone, and no matter how hard a break up is, your life WILL go on, and that’s what I wanted people to realize and take from the song. I really wanted people to relate to the pain and heartache throughout the song, and then overcome that with the empowering feeling of the line “The world is ours tonight”.
Q: You guys did a show in May with the band Alesana. How did that go for you?
A: The show itself was amazing, the crowd was great, we were all full of energy. Performance wise I personally think it was one of the best shows we’ve ever played.
Q: I see that on August 10th you’ll be doing a show with the band The Dangerous Summer. I’m guessing that will be your last show before you guys enter the studio to record your new album?
A: We are actually hoping to release the album during that show.
Q: Will there be any other bands playing with you and The Dangerous Summer?
A: Yea I believe there will be 4 bands total (including The Dangerous Summer and Us).
Q: If you can tell me, how many songs do you plan on recording for the new album?
A: There will be 6 songs on the new album, all of which have a very different sound from the next.
Q: What are most of your songs about?
A: Just things you deal with in life, mainly relationships haha.
Q: Who is a band or bands people compare you guys to?
A: That’s really hard to say, we don’t really get too many people saying “You guys sound like ______”, one thing we really wanted to do was create a sound of our own, and try to avoid sticking ourselves in a genre category. We have some heavy songs, some acoustic songs, some pop punk songs, some sort of ambient songs, we just really want to play music in general. Whatever we feel, however we feel like playing it. We knew from the beginning that it would be risky because we weren’t just copying a style that already worked for other bands, but we’d rather fail doing what we love than get huge by faking it.
Q: Who do you guys look up to for inspiration whether its friend(s), family member(s), band(s), etc.?
A: I can’t really answer for everyone, but I’d say Sid Menon (of the band Yearling) has played a huge part in our lives. Yearling inspired Josh and Art a lot, and Sid actually records/mixes our albums, and helps us out a lot with advice and everything. He’s an awesome guy.
Q: With it being Warped Tour season, how much would it mean to you to hopefully play the main stage one day?
A: I think it would be a dream come true for all of us. I look forward to Warped Tour every year more than Christmas haha, so to be one of the bands that kids come out to see on the main stage would be incredible.
Q: Do you guys consider yourselves as close friends or brothers with being in a band?
A: I think we’ve all become really close friends AND brothers in the past year. Honestly, I would kill and/or die for every single one of those guys, I love them like a family.
Q: Which city, state, or country would you like to do a show in/at and why?
A: Every city, state, and country in the world haha, and because I want to have a chance to reach every single person everywhere.
Q: What is one thing you’d like for your fans to take from your music?
A: I just want kids to have something to relate to. Growing up I had a pretty rough life, and the one thing that was always there was music. No matter what you’re feeling there’s always a song to relate to that exact emotion and/or situation. I honestly wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for music, so I just want to give that same feeling and connection to other people. Music these days is so shallow and empty, I’d love to bring the depth and soul back where it belongs.
Q: Is there any last thing you’d like to add?
A: I’d just like to let all of our fans know that we love you all, and can’t thank you enough for helping us get as far as you have. Keep Passion Alive! Whether it’s science, art, music, math, love, whatever it is you’re passionate about, don’t EVER let that passion die. A life without passion is worse than death.
Interview by: Wellington Gibson