Formed in 2016, Atomic Brass started out as a collective of five young North West musicians who all studied at Lancaster University. Jamie (Tenor Sax) was joined in this venture by Anthony (Tuba), Matthew (Trumpet), Sophie (Alto Sax) and eventually, Charlie (Drums). An almost immediate win at Lancaster’s Battle of the Bands that same year served as a platform to many gigs in the local area and beyond, performing at Lancaster venues such as the John O’Gaunt, Lancaster Music Festival, University Extrav events and beyond, supporting Hot 8 Brass band.
The end of the 2017 academic year brought big changes to the band. Sophie left Lancaster to continue her studies in London, and Charlie left the band to focus on other commitments. In stepped Blackpool based musicians Simon (Alto Sax) and Cameron (Drums) to fill in the gaps and Atomic Brass have gone from strength to strength. A host of new pieces arranged by Simon have given set lists a boost, a new website and more venues and performances have followed. Highlights of 2017 include supporting American group Hypnotic Brass at Preston’s LiVe venue, Eskfest, and headlining twice at Liverpool’s Jacaranda club. Our performances at Lancaster Music Festival in 2017 also merited a mention in the Guardian newspaper.
2018 has started where 2017 left off, with Atomic Brass supporting the world famous Too Many Zooz on the North West portion of their latest tour, on 14th May to huge acclaim.
Their style of music is based around taking popular tunes from different genres and fusing them together with Jazz and Funk grooves and adding New Orleans-style influences. Originally taking direction from the music and styles of American groups Lucky Chops, YoungBlood Brass band and Too Many Zooz, Atomic Brass is now moving on in its own, unique direction.