Serving in the US Navy as a real-life air traffic controller, singer/songwriter Dave Munro sent home 4-track demos he had written and recorded during his deployment. With his enlistment up, Munro returned to hometown Boston and discovered an impressive number of fans, prompting the genesis of the aptly-named rock band Air Traffic Controller.
With a refreshing, modern day, indie rock sound, ATC further infuses its compositions with unforgettable pop sensibilities. Munro keeps it honest, with autobiographical lyrics and well-crafted storytelling.
One of Dave’s demos reached LA-based singer/songwriter and record producer Bleu. Munro states; “I was floored to find out one of my musical heroes wanted to produce us. With Bleu onboard, the production is much more epic” and in December of 2009 the band released its debut album, The One to a zealous audience. Accolades and awards soon followed, as did airplay on tastemaker radio stations such as 92.5 The River, WFNX, steady college rotation added from stations like WERS, as well as positive coverage in publications such as Filter Magazine, Business Week, Performer Magazine, The Boston Globe, and The Boston Phoenix. Nominated for an MTV “Best Break-Out Artist” Video Music Award in late 2009 and winner of "Best Indie Rock Act" of the 2010 Boston Music Conference, Air Traffic Controller soon found itself on many of the Northeast media outlet's Best-Of lists.
Fast forward to 2012, Air Traffic Controller were ready for round two with Bleu. Having a home-run success on Kickstarter and raising over $12k to support the production of “Nordo” – the team set out and made a brilliant All-American Indie Pop record that can call up musical references to Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons and Brendan Benson. Taking advantage of band member Steve Scott’s experience with composing, the band went the distance and recorded a forty piece orchestra on the song “Blame.” This new album also features band member Casey Sullivan singing on two duets “You Know Me” and “Any Way.”
The band’s music has been used multiple times by MTV, Disney World Resorts, Ecko and Hollister stores worldwide, and licensed to Toyota, Lincoln/Mercury, NBC Television, TBS, USA and CW Networks. WERS Radio calls Air Traffic Controller “One of Boston's finest independent bands” and during the height of ATC's radio campaign the band’s debut became one of the top three most-added albums on college radio stations nationwide.
The band features Dave Munro on lead vocals and guitar; multi-instrumentalist Steve Scott on lead guitar, keys, and more; big brother Richie Munro on drums; Casey Sullivan on bass, banjo, and backing vocals; with violinist Alison Shipton and Kiara Perico on viola. The band has been know to perform live accompanied on stage by an entire string section to capture and recreate its brilliant, full sound... one that consistently identifies Air Traffic Controller as one of the fastest rising original acts in the country.