In what should come as sad news for anyone who appreciates the quirky escapades of punks that don't just fall in line behind the stale three-chorded likes of just about every pop punk band you'll ever see on TV, legendary eccentric Atom has announced details of his last ever concert. The date is August 29th, the venue First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia.
Emerging from the ashes of his previous band Fracture, Atom decided to take a walk on the weird side and started recording punk songs with the help of little more than an RM1X music sequencer. While this unprecedented move would undoubtedly have led to hopeless failure for less creative types, this one-man-band managed to pull in crowds repeatedly given both his hilarious mid-show banter, and of course the underlying originality of his often self-deprecating pop songs.
With his success originally hinging on the support of loyal Fracture supporters in Philadelphia, Atom soon found popularity amongst a new wave of listeners who appreciated his unabashed willingness to make music that overtly sounded utterly ludicrous, and yet deep down bore all the hallmarks of a truly original punk band. His intensive touring schedule brought him all over the world, most recently including an appearance at the Verge in London's Kentish Town.
Over the last few years Atom has shown he has all the intelligence, talent and devotion required to establish himself as a widely respected and endeared musician. His low-key dedication to cult fans around the globe underscores his meekness, and while most of us will likely never see that famed Package on stage again, Atom promises us he won't entirely disappear from his own self-styled music scene:
"I'm sure that I'll remain active in writing and playing music throughout my life. In fact, I'm playing in a 'real' band with some friends as of recently, and I'm sure that I'll also continue to write and record songs by myself with sequencers and guitars, but the live part of playing music as Atom and His Package will be over soon."
If you're lucky enough to live in the Philly area you can book tickets for his farewell gig at www.r5productions.com