Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Stand Atlantic are a band that need to be on your pop punk list. I caught up with the bandâ€™s lead singer, Bonnie Fraser, to talk about their move to a new label, their debut album and much more.
First off, congratulations are in order. Stand Atlantic recently signed to Hopeless Records. I asked Bonnie how it felt to be signed to a label with such an esteemed reputation. â€œThanks! Itâ€™s exciting, scary and lovely all at the same time,â€ Bonnie tells me. â€œHopeless is one of those labels that, when we were all first getting into alternative music growing up, had all the bands you looked up to so being able to say weâ€™re actually part of that roster now is surreal.â€ With the label representing the likes of Neck Deep, As It Is and many others, itâ€™s quite an achievement.
If you hadnâ€™t heard already, Stand Atlantic recently announced the due release of a brand-new album, Skinny Dipping. With such a unique name, I question Bonnie what the inspiration behind the album title was. â€œIâ€™ll try and keep this short and concise,â€ Bonnie laughs. Basically weâ€™d written a couple songs for the album and I was noticing a common theme of vulnerability with them - but it was too early to commit to a title because the whole album wasnâ€™t even written yet - so I was just tossing around little ideas in my head that were relating to that overarching theme of like vulnerability meeting freedom and the idea that you canâ€™t really have one without the other,â€ Bonnie explained. â€œSo, Skinny Dipping just sat as a note in my phone for like 6 months and once the whole album was done it still fitted with the rest of the songs, which surprised me. We just all agreed it perfectly summed up the record as a whole. I think we also liked the fact that itâ€™s somewhat of a weird thing to call an album and maybe itâ€™ll mean people will be more intrigued to actually listen to it haha.â€
In anticipation for their debut album, Stand Atlantic recently released their first single, â€˜Lavender Bonesâ€™, which was quickly followed by a music video showing Bonnie challenging the norm. I asked Bonnie about the concept and the meaning behind the artful video. â€œThanks a lot! The concept of the video was essentially based off what the song was written about - just trying to conform in a certain way and not expressing how you feel just because you donâ€™t want it to affect someone else, putting your feelings second basically,â€ she tells me, â€œSo, we got together with our team and the videographer, Adrian, just tossing up ideas relating to that concept and it just kinda evolved from there.â€ Besides the bandâ€™s exciting announcement about the album and recent single, Stand Atlantic released a killer six-track EP in 2017 called Sidewinder. With the time between the EP and upcoming album, I ask Bonnie if the time between both projects enabled the bandâ€™s style to evolve. â€œItâ€™s definitely evolved but it hasnâ€™t strayedâ€ Bonnie admits. â€œWeâ€™ve just progressed more, pushed more boundaries and focused on just writing good songs that mean something and are fun to play and what we would want to listen to.â€
If you havenâ€™t had the chance to check out Stand Atlantic, youâ€™re in luck because the band are about to kick off a UK tour supporting State Champs later this year. I ask Bonnie how sheâ€™s feeling about the upcoming tour and if sheâ€™s excited to play the dates. â€œWe most certainly are excited. The UK is probably our favourite place to play if Iâ€™m honest. We 100% will be playing some new songs yes haha.â€ Itâ€™s not my first time hearing about Stand Atlanticâ€™s singer, in fact, I came across a few of her covers online, specifically a cover of â€˜Dial Tonesâ€™ by As It Is and, my personal favourite, â€˜How You Areâ€™ by The Story So Far. The covers got me thinking whether the band ever played covers on tour and if Bonnie had a favourite cover song to play live. â€œWe used to play covers, but we donâ€™t anymore really unless thereâ€™s a reason,â€ Bonnie tells me. â€œThey are always fun to play though especially at small intimate club shows. I think the favourite song weâ€™ve covered would be â€˜Party in the USAâ€™ by Miley. Might whip it out again one day... maybeâ€ Bonnie laughs. I donâ€™t know about you, but Iâ€™m hoping I get to see them play â€˜Party in the USAâ€™ or a bit of The Story So Far on tour!
As the interview draws to a close, I ask Bonnie a few final questions. Stand Atlantic have toured with some pop punk icons but Iâ€™m curious to know which band Stand Atlantic enjoyed touring with most. â€œWe have been very lucky yes haha. I think so far itâ€™d have to be Roam - we did our first overseas tour with them and we just got on so well and became close and itâ€™s just always such a wholesome time hanginâ€™ with them.â€ Last of all, with the tour coming up and Skinny Dipping dropping soon, I ask whatâ€™s next on the list for the band. To no surprise Bonnie replies simply with â€œeven more touring haha. Weâ€™re always just gonna write the best songs we can and play as many shows as possible.â€
Skinny Dipping* is out October 26th, 2018.