This week’s guest chatted about an upcoming EP and performed during the show, which also featured the on-air debut of songs by Wala Gum, Lipstick Jodi, Paradise Outlaw, The War Between and more.
Miss Atomic hasn’t been together long and has only one single to its credit, but the soulful pop-rock outfit from Grand Rapids has generated a buzz pretty much everywhere it’s played – from its debut for a small but exuberant cadre of fans at Long Road Distillers to regaling an amphitheater-size crowd earlier this summer at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.
On Saturday evening, they’ll play another milestone event: Perrin Brewing’s 5th Anniversary Party in Comstock Park, just before West Michigan folk-rock heroes The Crane Wives take the stage.
Not bad for a group that’s been “trying to figure out” its sound as it wraps up work on its debut EP.
“It’s all in the works right now,” says frontman, singer and keyboard player Nikolas Warren.
“We’re feeling more and more like a band now instead of just my project. It’s kind of coming together when we’re writing music. We bring all of our favorite music in together and create something completely new and I think that’s really awesome. That what being in a band is all about.”
The band – now featuring Warren, drummer Connor Middlebrook, guitarist Jared Williams and bassist Jefferson Rinck – released the single, “Worked Up,” in March.
On Friday, Warren and Middlebrook played a pared-back version of the song – as well as a new song, “Love’s Gun” – in-studio during an appearance for Local Spins on WYCE. Check out a video here, with the full show podcast below.
VIDEO: Miss Atomic (Local Spins on WYCE)
“We’re starting to gain a fan base,” concedes Warren, who hopes to eventual do some touring with Miss Atomic and bring the band to Nashville, where he lived for a while and developed some industry contacts.
“It’s cool to see that fan base grow along with us and appreciate the music we’re putting out there.”
Miss Atomic plays the Perrin 5th Anniversary Bash outside Perrin Brewing at 5:50 p.m. Saturday. Live music actually gets started at 4 p.m. with Outlaw Paradise. Hi-ker, The Crane Wives, Jake Kershaw and Papa Vegas also will perform. Admission is $10 at the gate; details online here.
Miss Atomic also plays a Sunday party for returning Grand Valley State University students at TRIO Townhomes in Allendale.
This week’s edition of Local Spins on WYCE (88.1 FM) also featured tracks by the West Michigan acts Wala Gum, Lipstick Jodi, Tom Hymn, Paradise Outlaw, The War Between, Watching for Foxes, Luke Winslow King, Diff & Dudley and In the Valley Below. Listen to the full podcast here.
PODCAST: Local Spins on WYCE with Miss Atomic
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