Kick off any track with existential screams and you will immediately have our attention. Follow up the death rattle screams with a Sonic Youth-style arrangement of chaos and you’ve got our undying adoration.
ATR went with the slightly questionable title of “It’s a Taekwondo Day Morning” for their latest single which takes the Punk genre, shatters it into a thousand pieces and arranges it as Picasso would paint a portrait.
So, in short, ATR’s latest single is fairly ingenious. If you thought IDLES revolutionised Punk with their latest album, prepare for the ultimate facelift of angst. But similarly, to IDLES, ATR are using monumental riffs, tight arrangements, and Punk vocals to address plenty of issues which aren’t usually spoken about – especially in the Punk genre. There’s no petulant spite being thrown at parents or versing about just how great getting wasted is. The band was formed after one of the members returned from Iraq, and their music shines a light on the devastation witnessed there. Expect hard hitting stuff.
You can check out ATR’s latest single It’s a Taekwondo Day Morning for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.
Review by Amelia Vandergast