STAND ATLANTIC
Rock Sound|January 2020
FROM TRIUMPHANT HEADLINE TOURS TO BOLD, BOUNDARY-PUSHING NEW MUSIC, 2019 HAS BEEN A YEAR TO REMEMBER FOR STAND ATLANTIC. BONNIE FRASER WALKS US THROUGH IT ALL FROM THEIR PERSPECTIVE…
Jack Rogers

You’ve won Best Breakthrough Artist at the Rock Sound Awards! Does it feel like this year has been the one for you and the guys, the culmination of everything you’ve done up until now?

“To be honest I feel like the last two years have gone by so quick, yet it feels like I have lived a whole life. It’s just been insane. Our first international tour was with ROAM in the UK back in 2017 and even thinking back to that it was like, ‘Holy shit we’re touring with ROAM? In another country that’s not fucking Australia?’ Now, looking back on all of the relentless touring that we’ve been doing since and how lucky we are to be in this position is insane. To actually win an award and for it to be from Rock Sound of all places is amazing. You guys have backed us from the start. The whole thing feels really rewarding and wholesome. We are very grateful.”

What is it about the way that you coped with and reacted to those early tours and challenges that has helped you to reach the position that you are today?

“I think we have always made a point to try and remember everybody who has been with us since the start and kept our circle tight. It’s always been about just not being a dick to people, because so many people can see so many opportunities coming their way and take it all for granted. It feeds their ego. While for us we realise that these things don’t happen to everyone. We try and make a point to be kind and treat everyone with respect. If you’re not doing that then you’re just a shithead.”

Have you noticed a distinct difference with the reactions you’re getting and the things you’re doing compared to where you were last year?

“I feel like a lot of this comes from a live standpoint. It’s been gradual obviously because with every tour that you do you pick up and learn little bits and bobs and add that to what you’re doing. I think the confidence in what we’re doing has grown so much. I sometimes get sent videos of us on that ROAM tour and I watch it and think, ‘Oh my god, how did I think we were pulling this off?’ Then when I look to where we are now and think of all the things we have learned and the experience we have gained from us just doing it all of the time, the difference is huge. You get into a rhythm. We’re really hard on ourselves all the time but always striving to be better.”

How much do you feel having such a great relationship with your fans online has affected your confidence when it comes to all the other aspects of growing the band?

“I guess that it just makes you feel like you’re actually doing something, even in the downtime when you’re not touring and can’t physically see the impact that you’re having. Having Twitter there all the time where you can chat to them and they can still tell you that they love you and send you memes is so nice. Even in the flesh, the people who listen to our band and come up to the merch stand at shows are so funny. It’s so good that we have somehow created this little community of people who don’t take life too seriously. I’m glad that we are able to show our true selves through things like the Internet.”

Community is a big word, and one that does truly reflect what it is that you’ve managed to build.

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