Atticus Chimps are a three piece Alternative Rock band from the Gold Coast, Australia. They’re heavily influenced by Punk, Grunge and Funk bands from the ‘90s and early ‘00s. Their sound can sway from calm and melodic love songs, to fast-paced heavy rock anthems that convey a message of dissatisfaction with authority and alienation from society.
The band consists of members Sam Bray (guitar & vocals), Theo D’ambrosia (bass) and Jordan Vendy (drums). Their sound at times is brash and unconventional, but still incorporates the rhythm and hooks necessary for pop music that can be received positively by a large demographic of people.
Sam and Theo are cousins, and grew up playing casually as a duo throughout their teenage years. Sam had been an avid fan of punk rock since he was a kid, and learnt guitar by playing Blink 182 and Green Day covers.
He realised from a young age that he had a natural aptitude for music, but was discouraged by the fact that punk rock was a dying fad, and his peers were listening to other music. In 2013, the pair considered busking with acoustic guitars, playing nothing more than Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Nirvana covers. The notion of forming a band and writing their own music didn’t come until later down the track.
Atticus Chimps formed in November 2015, with Sams friend Kerrod Chant filling in as the inaugural drummer. The band played three gigs in early 2016, in front of crowds no bigger than a kindergarten classroom. They recorded an E.P in July, but had no record label, publisher or booking agent to push their music to the public. Subsequently, the E.P went virtually unheard, apart from close family & friends – none of which had any means of distributing the music. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as the recordings were of very low quality, and Kerrod soon departed from the band in pursuit of a party life and travel aspirations. At the time of the recording, the band members were ignorant of producing a properly mixed track. The E.P was a dry, clean cut and soft introduction to Atticus Chimps’ music. They are a heavy rock band and sound way better live.
After putting an advertisement online, the band enlisted Jordan Vendy as the new drummer. Jordan had experience playing in several metal bands, and has been playing drums since he was 5 years old. Jordan completely re-invented the percussion of the music, adding a much needed aggressive and technical style.
In April 2017, Atticus Chimps were spotted by Daimon Coveney-Motbey, who runs an independent non-for-profit record label Crooked Teeth. Daimon offered to organise a tour for the end of 2017. They recorded a 5 track E.P in July, and plan on drip feeding the songs onto Triple J Unearthed over the coming months, with a full release on streaming services in early 2018.
Despite being recorded in the attic of an audio technicians house, the songs are mixed and mastered with precision, and are an an accurate representation of what Atticus Chimps are capable of. After learning the nooks and crannies of the music industry, Atticus Chimps are on the rise and slowly starting to get an idea of what they need to do to be a successful rock band. And when they do reach a critical mass of listeners, the rock music scene isn’t going to know what hit them.