Interview: Sydney’s Stand Atlantic on signing to Rude Records and new EP, Sidewinder

Sydney three-piece alternative pop/rock band, Stand Atlantic are set to release their new EP, Sidewinder, on September 15 via Rude Records. The trio have only been together for a couple of years but have become the first Australian band signed to the international label.

It only takes an instant when hearing their stuff on Soundcloud or YouTube to realise how slick and powerful they are as a unit, and they’re definitely a band to seek out when their gigs roll around.

Drummer Jonno Panici took a bit of time out to answer a few questions and whet the appetite about this exciting new talent.

Firstly, congratulations on being signed to Rude Records – an impressive achievement, especially considering you’ve only been around a relatively short time.  How did that come about?

Thank you, we are over the moon about signing to Rude Records. Everything happened so fast, as soon as we finished recording the EP we were approached by our now manager, who was able to get us in touch with the lads at Rude Records. They loved the EP and everything fell into place.

So that we can get to know you better, can you give us a bit of background about how you know each other? How did Stand Atlantic come to be?

Bonnie, our vocalist/guitarist, had an acoustic project, which she wanted to turn into a full band. She knew Potter, our bass player, as they went to the same music school, and I came into the picture through mutual friends. The rest is history.

I’ve had a listen to a couple of your tracks and they’re really great. Are there any artists who inspire your sound in particular?  Do you have any in-band clashes over musical tastes?

We like pop artists such as Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, and Sia but also enjoy the more aggressive side of pop punk, bands like Knuckle Puck, The Story So Far, and Trophy Eyes. As a band we are all into variety of music genres, however for the most part we have yet to have any clashes over musical tastes, knock on wood.

Your EP is coming out mid-September – what can we look forward to?

You can expect catchy melodies with an overall sound that does not shy away from the more aggressive side of pop punk.

Looking down the track a bit, do you have a clear, milestone driven trajectory you’d like to follow, or are you taking it all as it comes?

I think honestly we definitely have goals set in our heads to be able to play as many shows in Australia but also would love to play overseas (UK/EU/USA).  But at the same we are definitely taking it all as it comes, riding the wave so to speak!

Any live dates on the horizon for us to see you in action?

We will have some dates to announce soon, stay tuned!

Stand Atlantic Sidewinder EP is out September 15 via Rude Records.