Interview Oh, Atoms

We carry out a quick (seriously, blink and you’ll miss it) Q&A with the London-based duo.

Oh, Atoms

have just released their debut album ‘You Can’t See The Stars From Here’, so we carried out a quick (seriously, blink and you’ll miss it) Q&A with them to try and find out more about the London-based duo.

Hello Oh, Atoms! How are you today?
Hello. Fine thank you.

If you were to liken your music to three different foods, to give people who haven’t yet heard it an idea of what it’s like, which would you choose?
Cake, black pudding and a decent cheeseboard.

It looks from your blog like you finished recording your debut album back in 2007 - why has it taken so long to see the light of day? Have you had a busy year?
It’s just one of those things - it always takes longer than you think to get your music out there.

Are you at all worried you’ll be bored of it by the time you’ve been through the promotion-mill?
No, not at all - we’re enjoying it.

How do you think your music will progress as you work towards album no.2? How does it differ now to when you first started out?
We haven’t really got any set ideas, we just see where the muse takes us when we’re songwriting. We’ve still got the same attitude towards songwriting now as we always have done.

Your label, Lucky Motel, has the same name as one of the songs on your album - is this a weird coincidence or are you self-releasing?
Yes we are self-releasing, and we thought it was a good name for a song too.

Your single ‘Sugar Mouse’ appeared in the film ‘Angus, Thongs & Perfect Snogging’ - how similar is the band’s audience to that of the film? Did you gain many new fans from it?
We like to think our music’s accessible to everybody - we don’t really have one specific kind of audience. And once your music is written and out there - you don’t have any control over who likes it and who doesn’t. Yes we’ve definitely gained new fans - there are plenty of people who saw the film and like the track who wouldn’t have necessarily discovered us themselves.

In an interview with Wears The Trousers back in July, Gwen said she’d like to collaborate with Morrissey. Your music seems infinitely more positive than his - would you need to cheer him up first?
No we don’t think he needs cheering up - the humour in his songs is often overlooked. We’d probably just share some Victoria sponge cake with him.

And finally, which new bands should we be looking out for in 2009?
Dennis Hopper Choppers - a brilliant one man band.

You can buy the band’s debut album here.

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