Lower Than Atlantis (frontman Mike Duce, guitarist Ben Sansom, drummer Eddy Thrower and bassist Dec Hart) positively fizzes with musical ambition, lyrical wit, crossover potential and carpe diem spirit – and songs, brilliant songs. From the opening us-against-the-world bravado of ‘English Kids In America’ (likely to become the anthem for any home-grown gang touring the US), to the reflective closer ‘Number One’, Lower Than Atlantis is the sound of a band determined to give everything they’ve got in search of glory. It’s reflective of a band who’ve grown up (“I’m 25,” says Mike, “It’s time to stop acting like a fucking child. I’m definitely less of a nutter.”) without growing old (“Don’t worry,” says Mike, “I won’t stop being mouthy – I calls them as I sees them.”). And, whether you’re looking for brilliantly accessible rock anthems (‘Emily’, ‘Here We Go’) or heartbreakingly direct break-up songs (‘Ain’t No Friend Of Mine’), LTA delivers. Mike unflinchingly documents his unhappy experiences, both professional (‘Criminal’) and personal (‘Words Don’t Come So Easily’), but in a way that anyone and everyone will relate to.