Australian indie rockers Atlas Genius were recently the featured guests at 98.7-FM's Penthouse, an exclusive concert series hosted by Los Angeles-based radio station KYSR-FM at the historic Hollywood Tower in Hollywood, Calif. Before an intimate crowd, Atlas Genius performed a set featuring tracks from their 2013 debut album, When It Was Now, including "Trojans," "Centered On You" and "Back Seat," among others.
Prior to the performance, Atlas Genius participated in an exclusive interview with GRAMMY.com and discussed the definition of Atlas Genius and the success of their single "Trojans."
"I think everyone can relate [to 'Trojans']. They can adapt [the] lyrics to their own experience somehow," said drummer Michael Jeffery.
"When you write a song … you can't hear it the way other people hear it because you're inside that song. But it felt like an honest expression of where I was at emotionally at that point," added vocalist/guitarist Keith Jeffery.
Hailing from Adelaide, South Australia, Atlas Genius comprise brothers Keith and Michael Jeffery. In 2009 the brothers, along with fellow brother Steven Jeffery (bass), built their own studio and worked as a cover band. The band posted their first recorded song, "Trojans," on the Internet in 2011, garnering attention from fans and the music industry. They signed with Warner Bros. Records in 2012 and released their debut EP, Through The Glass. In February Atlas Genius released their debut album, When It Was Now. The album features 11 tracks co-written by Atlas Genius and peaked at No. 34 on the Billboard 200 on the strength of "Trojans," which reached No. 17 on the Rock Songs chart and has been featured on TV shows such as "Grey's Anatomy" and "90210."
Rounded out by keyboardist Darren Sell, Atlas Genius are currently in the midst of their first-ever North American headline tour, with select dates scheduled internationally through September. They were recently named one of MTV's Artists to Watch, and will appear as musical guests on the "Late Show With David Letterman" on May 2.
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