Empty Atlas

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Empty Atlas
Background information
OriginJackson, Mississippi, U.S.A.
  • Indie Rock
  • Alt Rock
Years active2014 (2014)–Present
LabelsCarved From Stone Records
Associated acts
  • Codetta South
  • Tyler Spratt
  • Mark Needham
  • Jonezetta
  • Joe Causey
  • Eric Woolard
  • Micah Smith
  • Brennan Michael White
  • Alex Ingram
  • Robert Currie Hansford
Past members
  • Jacob Walker
  • Chris Graham
  • Sanders Reid
  • Mick Parsons

Empty Atlas is an American indie rock band from Jackson, Mississippi formed in 2014. The current band consists of vocalist and guitarist Micah Smith, lead guitarist and background vocalist Brennan Michael White, bassist Alex Ingram, and drummer Robert Currie Hansford.[1][2] The band formerly included lead guitarist Jacob Walker, bassist and background vocalist Chris Graham, drummer Sanders Reid, and drummer Mick Parsons (former band member of Jonezetta).[3][4]

Musical style and influences

Empty Atlas's musical style has been described as melodic indie rock,[5][6] alternative rock,[7][8][9] and emo[7] with a heavier lyrical core.[10]


2012-2013 - Early History

Before forming Empty Atlas, singer-songwriter Micah Smith performed solo under the stage name Sun Ballet in Jackson, Mississippi. He released “Merit,” his first EP under the moniker, in 2012 and began playing alongside fellow Mississippi musicians - bassist Chris Graham, guitarist Alex Ingram and drummer Mick Parsons - shortly after.[11] The group released a second Sun Ballet EP, “Vultures,” in 2013 but largely disbanded that summer.

2014-2016 - “Anniversary” and “Hestia”

In 2014, Smith invited Graham, drummer Sanders Reid and guitarist Jacob Walker to join the band, forming the first lineup of Empty Atlas. That summer, they re-released “Merit” and “Vultures” as a double EP titled “Anniversary,” also featuring three of Smith’s studio B sides from the recording of “Merit.”

In 2015, Empty Atlas began working with recording engineer Eric Woolard, now owner of Warlord Studios[12] in Jackson, Mississippi, on the band’s first full-length studio album. During the recording, the members made the decision to part ways but agreed to help Smith complete the album. In December 2016, the band self-released “Hestia,” with the album release show as their final performance together.

2016-Present: Empty Atlas’s Permanent Lineup

After the release of “Hestia,” Smith began playing with longtime friends Ingram - now on bass - and lead guitarist Brennan Michael White of folk-rock act Codetta South in late December 2016.

In need of a drummer, Smith posted on Facebook and got a response from Robert Currie Hansford, who had met the band at a show a month prior. While he intended to play on a part-time basis, he soon became the band’s de facto drummer, cementing the permanent lineup of Empty Atlas.

The band began recording a follow-up album to “Hestia” at Dipping Vat Studio in Monticello, MS in summer 2017.[13]

In August 2018, Empty Atlas released a single titled “Short Fiction,” co-mixed by Grammy nominee Mark Needham and Tyler Spratt[14][13] in Los Angeles.

In November 2018, the band released a Christmas single, “Holiday Parties,” as part of a compilation album with Nashville, Tennessee-based artist collective Sons of Old Town.[15]

On April 24, 2020, Empty Atlas released “Maximal,” the first single from their upcoming sophomore album “Kairos,” in partnership with North Carolina indie label Carved From Stone Records.[16]


Full Length Albums

  • Anniversary (2012)
  • Hestia (2016)
  • Kairos (2020) (Upcoming release on June 12)


  • Short Fiction (2018)
  • Holiday Parties (2018)
  • Maximal (2020)

Compilation Appearances

  • Sons of Old Town X​-​mas Extravaganza Vol. 2 (2018)[15]

Empty Atlas in the Media



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