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|Origin||Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.A.|
|Labels||Carved From Stone Records|
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. 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).
Musical style and influences
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. 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 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.
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.
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.
Full Length Albums
- Anniversary (2012)
- Hestia (2016)
- Kairos (2020) (Upcoming release on June 12)
- Short Fiction (2018)
- Holiday Parties (2018)
- Maximal (2020)
- Sons of Old Town X-mas Extravaganza Vol. 2 (2018)
Empty Atlas in the Media
- Empty Atlas Website
- Arkansas Democrat Gazette
- Bandcamp - Hestia Album
- Magic City Bands Birmingham, Alabama
- Mississippi Public Broadcasting Amped & Wired Series
- Happy Mag
- Stitched Sound
- All Punked Up
- FBT Entertainment
- Jackson Free Press Best of Jackson - Best Rock Artist/Band Contestant
- Jackson Free Press Band of the Day: Sun Ballet
- Warlord Studios
- Underground Music Collective
- Tyler Spratt Mixing Engineer
- Sons of Old Town X-mas Extravaganza Vol. 2
- Carved From Stone Records
- Empty Atlas Official website
- Empty Atlas on Facebook
- Empty Atlas on Instagram
- Empty Atlas on Youtube
- Empty Atlas on iTunes
- Empty Atlas on Spotify
- Empty Atlas on Youtube Music
- Empty Atlas on Google Play
- Empty Atlas on Amazon Music
- Empty Atlas on Soundcloud