Post-metal trio Spotlights are set to release their new EP, We Are All Atomic, on Friday, March 27th. In anticipation, you can stream it exclusively via Heavy Consequence.
Spotlights have gradually seen their profile increase over the past couple years. Their amorphous blend of ethereal atmosphere and crushing doom eventually attracted the attention of the omnipresent Mike Patton, who signed the group to his label, Ipecac Recordings, for their 2017 debut, Seismic. The band followed up that release with 2019’s Love & Decay.
The new EP, which is being released via Blues Funeral Recordings, is a four-part “doomgaze” piece that sees Spotlights stretching their compositions into grandiose, post-metal epics. The sonic shift came from a collective change in approach, trusting the freedom of improvisation and musical instinct during the writing process. To put it simply, they didn’t overthink it.
“We Are All Atomic came together a bit differently than our other records,” singer and guitarist Mario Quintero says. “We approached it as an entire piece with four movements, meant to evoke a sense of awareness of our fundamental selves and the dynamic energy of existence. Even though I wrote the songs, I really tried to leave my thoughts out of the equation and almost improvise the outcome.”
He adds: “It might sound kinda dumb and new age-y, but we as humans tend to let our egos get the best of this experience we call life. Sometimes it’s nice to get out of the way and let things happen.”
With the colossal We Are All Atomic, Spotlights can showcase the new songs on the big stage when they open for Korn and Faith No More this summer, dates that remain scheduled. See the full list of shows below, and get tickets here.
Spotlights North American 2020 Tour Dates with Faith No More and Korn:
08/07 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
08/09 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
08/11 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
08/13 – Wheatland, CA @ Toyota Amphitheatre
08/14 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
08/16 – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre
08/17 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
08/19 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
08/21 – Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion
08/22 – Del Valle, TX @ Germania Insurance Amphitheater
08/23 – The Woodlands, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
08/25 – Alpharetta, GA @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
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We Are All Atomic Tracklist:
01. Part I
02. Part II
03. Part III
04. Part IV