On a recent Friday night, I was fortunate enough to catch Columbia’s own Atlas Road Crew down at the 5 Pts. Pub. I was only able to catch a portion of their act during the Free Times Music Crawl, so I was more than happy to be able digest an entire show this time around. Coming off their Fall EP release under the tutelage of Grammy award winner Mark Bryan, this outfit has hit the ground running. While not coming off as too much of a jam band, ARC straddles the genre line somewhere between southern rock and country blues. Their tunes are melodic and hooky, which may explain why I found myself humming the song “Morning Eyes” one the way to the car after the show.
Born out of the depths of the college party music scene, ARC appears to have realized that they actually do have talent and are quite capable of writing well crafted songs. In speaking with the group, you get the feeling that they understand the challenges that lay ahead. Also, being relatively new to the music scene, they appear eager to try and figure things out and take things as they come.
With a sprinkling of some clever covers to help fill in the gaps between their own material, it should not be too long before we find this band fronting and delivering complete sets of originals to their fan base. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and had a great time talking and getting to know the guys before, during and after the show. If you get a chance in the near future, do yourself a favor and check out Atlas Road Crew. You won’t be disappointed.