Friday, June 09, 2017

Do you remember The Atomic Numbers?

The Atomic Numbers operated out of Detroit in the late '90s and is one of those bands that I remember seeing for the first time and thinking "oh my god they are in my head how do they know to make this exact sound?!" So needless to say I was a fan.

A friend of mine was their booking agent, so they were high on my list of band I wanted to play The Note when I became talent buyer there. Most bands were resistant—it took me a while to convince people the venue was a viable place for the "cool rock bands" to play—but The Atomic Numbers were one of the first bigger name acts to agree to a show after I'd established a few months of music that proved I wasn't kidding about what I wanting to turn the club into.

If I remember correctly they only played The Note once, and I think the band broke up shortly after that (or went on a hiatus they never returned from), which bummed me out mightily. It's not easy to find much of their stuff online based on the time period they existed in, and the fact I don't think they really broke out of being a regional act. But man they were good. And heck, it even looks like Amazon still has one copy of the band's full-length you can buy!

If you can't snag that in time, I stumbled across Jeff Hupp's, the band's bassist, Soundcloud page which graciously has that whole, excellent, debut album streaming.

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