To make a long story short:
Upon graduation, Nashville songwriter Taylor Smith relocated himself to the most isolated city on earth—Perth, Western Australia, where he found a thriving music scene and eventually, through a lot of good luck and a few chance meetings, got his own band together. A year and a half of rehearsals, a few lineup changes, and The Atlas Mountains were solidified. They enlisted the help of local prodigy James Newhouse to record their debut LP, ‘Sanskrit Owl,’ live, in one day, in an abandoned warehouse in East Perth—all in exchange for an engagement ring that guitarist Scott Nash, a jeweler by trade, made for the love-stricken producer.
Five-hundred copies of the album were pressed, and the band received their fair share of local and national airplay in Australia (Triple J).
After a solid 12 months of live shows, The Atlas Mountains returned to the studio to record their second full length album (first true studio album), A Splendid Diagnosis. As often happens when momentum starts, disaster struck, as Smith was unable to renew his Australian visa, and had to return to his native Nashville home. Despite this, the band continued to write and plan, and as soon as Smith returned, in 2012, the lads were back to writing, rehearsing and gigging.
2013 saw the Mountains return to the studio, for their most ambitious album to date, which is to be released in early 2014.