“With simple staging and effective mood lighting, the audience’s focus was on the kept on the music. The audience also had an unexpected treat–the band decided to play some new tracks ahead of the release of the release of their new album. As well as new tracks, they played some old favourites like Time Waits For No One. A side screen showing Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests was the perfect accompaniment and fitted the mood of the crowd easily. With almost a folk sound mixed with rock they definitely have a strong resemblance to the London based Mumford and Sons. The raw vocals and ‘hard hit’ moments however, set them in a league of their own. The crowd got into the band easily and were enthusiastic. Time Waits For No One was the crowd favourite. With a humble and honest intro, it led to a thumping, triumphant raging, and uniquely volleying guitar with drums that set it all off. The beautiful, raw and piercing vocals resonated with the listeners. ”
“'The quintet who owned the night took to the stage, set up and finally launched into some tunes off their debut record. Their willingness to write structures and textures to serve the songs so well give the songs a strength that's surprising for a band so new. The crowd needed little encouragement to get close and friendly as they channelled Cold War Kids and early Coldplay. There's something joyful in The Atlas Mountains music - even in the melancholic moments - that's undeniable. So when the group unleashed an all out rock attack, finally letting the melodies run free, the crowd went right with them in a wonderfully cathartic moment. Time Waits For No One, the bands Triple J played track, found some familiar ears as the keyboardist went crowd surfing over the cheering punters whose calls for an encore went unanswered in the only disappointment of the night.'”
“'First up, The Atlas Mountains. These guys played satisfyingly epic country-tinged ballads that fit in with Band Of Horses or My Morning Jacket, except with a more masculine voice and the occasional disturbing flourish. Idyllic strings over virile guitar were occasionally decentred by a left field gypsy fiddle, meanwhile, singer Taylor Smith sweated up a puddle and crunched his face in concentration. Still, they showed themselves to be a surprisingly ambitious and tight new act.”
"Doves meets Drones could be an appropriate epithet here. A wild and weary sound and a voice that paces in cramped circles, over and over. Beautiful."
“Jumping a step back into the indi scene, an eclectic bunch of men that is Atlas Mountains took the stage... They tipped on the side of fantastic within the first few seconds of playing. The front gentleman’s vocals stole the spotlight throughout the set. At one point he sang from a good 20cm away from the microphone, yet still filled the speakers with his vocals. The band’s overall sound consisted of indi folk rock tunes with subtle-but-effective guitars, keys and drums, tumbling along behind the imagery of the vocal notes, with playful trickling keys at times. Taking lyrics from Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet, and reading a few lines from a book mid-set, added to the brilliantly-written tunes with so much passion, and it was refreshing to find another little Perth gem. ”