Denver-based rock outfit, Mr. Atomic, is comprised of four friends who describe themselves as "not your typical superheroes". The band made their debut into the Colorado music scene in April of 2015, six months after an initial meeting between lead singer/rhythm guitarist Boneth Ahaneku, lead guitarist Matt Stewart, and bassist Mitch Rushton birthed the idea of a musical collaboration that would initiate the foundation of Mr. Atomic. A few drummers later, the band added Mike Suriano to round out their lineup.
With a complete lineup finally assembled, Mr. Atomic set out to solidify their sound, drawing influences from late 80s/90s rock bands such as Blondie, Garbage, and Nirvana. Mr. Atomic cultivated a dedicated following of fans within the Denver music scene with melodic, grunge-tinted, punk rock accented by lyrically-dense verses. In 2017, the band ushered in the release of their debut EP, Avert the Skies, in early January, followed by a mini-tour across the Midwest, the departure of Suriano, and the arrival of a new drummer, Ryan Fraser. With a new drummer in the mix, the band set to work, spending over a year crafting new material for their first full-length album, Spectator Sport.
Spectator Sport explores the struggle between growth and resistance, and the viewpoint from which it is perceived. The lead single, “Made for TV”, is an abrasive, yet melodic anthem focused on resistance to the norm. According to rhythm guitarist and lead singer, Boneth Ahaneku, “The single questions how we as humans decide whether to think for ourselves or take everything at face value.” The album release comes after a busy summer for the band filled with recording, a short southwest tour, and an appearance at Denver’s own Underground Music Showcase.