Lower Than Atlantis feel a lot like they’re starting secondary school just now. “You’ve just got used to having a few pubes and then all of a sudden you’re this big man,” says frontman Mike Duce,” “when you get there it looks like you’ve got no pubes at all and everyone else’s fucking covered in them.” A colourful yet certainly honest way of describing the position that he and bandmates Ben Sansom, Eddy Thrower and Dec Hart find themselves in. “We were one of the bigger bands playing the small circuit, now we’re a small band in the grand scheme of things.”

But the level of their modesty is no match for the scale of the achievement. Purveyors of infectiously crunchy, melodic and spring-loaded hardcore, their rise to the status of UK rock’s most-likely-to has been steady and, with hindsight, inevitable. It might look like that now, but they couldn’t have planned any of this that way. The four members fell together in the late-2000s, uniting as they realised that each other were all the most impressive members of their scene. With a DIY ethic that was honourable, but also borne from necessity, everything they have done until now has been written in Mike’s kitchen. Their story has been proof that the good will usually out.

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