From humble beginnings in their Northeast Australia hometown to worldwide acclaim and ferocious sets on some of the planet’s biggest stages, the alt-pop trio Chase Atlantic are riding high on a wave of their own creation. And with the recent release of their much-anticipated third EP, DON’T TRY THIS, and a sophomore full-length on the way, 2019 looks to be their biggest year yet.
Mitchel Cave and his older brother Clinton formed Chase Atlantic with their best friend, Christian Anthony, in 2014. Combining sounds from their favorite genres—from pop to electro to rock and R&B—they began fusing together an experimental sound that retained catchiness and hooks. Adding live instrumentation and vocals to the mix, the trio recognized their work’s undeniable groove and edge, an eclectic and unique hybrid of dark, rhythmic, and emotional sound—not to mention their shared bond and ability to make singular decisions as a hive mind. They quickly developed a following in their home country, with fans flocking to their infectious live shows and embracing the confident honesty in their storytelling. The viral single “Friends” caught the ears of Good Charlotte’s Joel and Benji Madden, who signed Chase Atlantic to their esteemed LA-based music company, MDDN, in 2016. They released a pair of EPs and a selftitled debut LP in 2017, leading to an endless string of sold-out headline shows and tours around the world. Despite all the rapid-fire success, the band work hard to maintain and increase their high-level work ethic, sticking to their guns when it comes to their method of making music and refusing to compromise any of their creativity, control, or—most importantly—their joy.
DON’T TRY THIS finds Chase Atlantic operating at the height of their powers, with six songs that showcase the wide-ranging breadth of their abilities to reveal a darker side of their existence. The EP highlights the band’s sonic eclecticism, knack for hooks, and cool, confident delivery, with the wide variety of influences sure to hit home with fans of Post Malone, The Neighbourhood, The 1975, and The Weeknd. Chase Atlantic are taking a similar approach to their new LP, fueled by their obsession with creation, songwriting, and beat-making and refusing to conform to any one sound as their spotlight only continues to grow. “We’re always learning and trying different things while being as expressive as possible without losing integrity,” Mitchel says. “We’re in it for the long journey, and we have a broad music making spectrum. We’ve done everything ourselves—we’re gonna do our shit ’til the day we die.”