GOODWOOD ATOMS’ blend of ethereal folk, electronic-inflected grooves and heavy-hitting climaxes echoes the complex soundscapes of progressive indie bands like Half Moon Run, Alt-J & Radiohead. Formed in 2014, Goodwood Atoms grew out of the scene at Vancouver’s Juniper Room, an underground studio and performance venue that has been the brainchild of frontman Francis Hooper. What began as an acoustic collaboration between Hooper and bassist Joe Pooley grew into a rich tapestry of sound with the addition of guitarist/violinist Dawson Verboven & Berklee-trained drummer Justin Banmann.
2014 was a year of development for the band, who spent their first 8 months riding the wave of their participation in the PEAK Performance Project, for which they were rewarded as one of BC’s top-12 bands.
In 2015, after receiving funding from FACTOR’s Juried Sound Recording program their focus has shifted to the studio, where the band is recording their first full length album in collaboration with producer Nygel Asselin, best known for his work on Half Moon Run’s certified-Gold Dark Eyes album. The project will also see collaboration from Hey Ocean’s Dave Vertesi and additional production from Vancouver producer Shawn Cole (Said the Whale, Bend Sinister), a reward for the band’s first-place finish in the 2015 Nimbus Recording Competition.
Due for a July 2016 release, the Great White represents a more focused sound for GOODWOOD ATOMS, employing deeper electronic instrumentation, richer vocal elements and themes that meditate on our increasingly technological relationship with reality.
Goodwood Atoms is: Francis Hooper (Guitar, Vocals), Joe Pooley (Bass), Dawson Verboven (Guitar, Violin), and Justin Vanmann (Drums)