West Coast desert doom trio Atala will release their The Bearer Of Light full-length via Salt Of The Earth Records on May 21.
Returning to their DIY ethos, the seven-track desert voyage was captured and self-produced in just five days at Gatos Trail in Joshua Tree with engineer Jeff Thomas. “It’s a true roller coaster of emotions: sad, angry, confused, lost… but, you can’t help but feel hope as you follow the journey,” notes founding guitarist Kyle Stratton.
“After working with producers who I admired,” Stratton continues, “I felt it was my time to do it my way while implementing some of the tricks they used. I wanted to record live and not overthink the process. I just wanted to capture the moment take by take. It was a learning process for both the band and myself as a producer. I literally had no idea what I was doing, but I wanted the record to have a 90s, DIY feel like the stuff I grew up listening to, and I think we achieved that.
“‘Sun worship’ is a song [drummer] Jeff [Tedtaotao] and I had previously recorded,” he continues. “We always felt we had some unfinished business with it. It was an important song for me, both lyrically and musically. It has some dissonant chords I made up. The chords are so ugly and disturbing most players don’t get it. We decided to try a version with [bassist] Dave [Horn]. He came up with a driving bass line, adding just the right touch the song needed. Jeff and I knew instantly it was how the song was meant to be. Together, we built the jam on the end and decided to end in a drone.
“Lyrically, it’s a very heavy song. It’s an understanding that came to me on an acid trip through the desert, climbing over a ridge, staring into the sun. It is a contemplation, an ultimate understanding that all life stems from the sun. All living things on this planet are made up of mostly carbon waiting to one day return to the energy form we came from. I thought a sample from the late George Carlin was just what it needed. I also added some spiritual throat chants and a shamanistic vibe to the production.”
You can also catch Atala on tour soon.
6/14/2019 O’Malley’s – Mountain View, CA
6/15/2019 Mummer’s – Sparks, NV
6/16/2019 Beehive – Salt Lake City, UT
6/17/2019 Streets Of London – Denver, CO
6/18/2019 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
6/19/2019 The Lift – Dubuque, IA
6/20/2019 Reggie’s Music Hall – Chicago, IL
6/21/2019 Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY
6/22/2019 Café 611 – Frederick, MD
6/23/2019 The Drunk Horse – Fayetteville, NC
6/24/2019 Alabama Music Box – Mobile, AL
6/25/2019 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
6/26/2019 Bond’s 007 Rock Bar – San Antonio, TX
6/27/2019 Rockhouse Bar & Grill – El Paso, TX
6/28/2019 House of Bards – Tucson, AZ
6/29/2019 Yucca Tap Room – Phoenix, AZ
6/30/2019 Slidebar – Fullerton, CA