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Atlas Genius: How Hurricane Sandy And Scotch Helped Finish Debut Album

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Atlas Genius (Roger Kisby/Getty Images)

Atlas Genius (Roger Kisby/Getty Images)

Australian rockers Atlas Genius can thank last year’s brutal Hurricane Sandy for helping the band finish their debut album, When it Was Now, which was released in February of this year and includes the hit singles “If So” and “Trojans.”

“We were just out on a tour with (the band) Wolfgang, and we ended up cancelling like four shows (due to Hurricane Sandy) because we were heading into New York, and New York was not the place to go apparently during that,” explained Atlas Genius member Keith Jeffery during an exclusive interview with Baltimore rock radio station WHFS (a Radio.com station) after the band barely made their set time at this year’s Firefly Music Festival due to standstill traffic.

“But that enabled us to put the finishing touches on the album,” added band member (and Keith’s brother) Michael Jeffery about the hurricane that devastated the eastern seaboard for nine days last October. “Where we ended up getting stuck was Harrisburg (Pennsylvania), so we were there in this hotel, holed up. We had a couple bottles of Scotch that were left over from a few shows before…so we had Scotch there, we had our laptops, so we had everything to work on the album. Harrisburg, we’ll never forget it.”

While the band is currently touring America this summer, with dates that include stops at music festivals like Lollapalooza 2013 in Chicago (August 20) and Outside Lands in San Francisco (August 9-11), Atlas Genius has announced a fall headlining tour dubbed “Ones to Watch” featuring acts Family of the Year, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and the Colourist. The tour launches in Tempe, AZ on September 21, wrapping up on November 11 in Seattle, WA.

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