Wicked riffs, talented musicianship, street-smart funk, and inviting, melodic vocals; this is Atom Smash. Though they are as yet unsigned, it can only be a matter of time. Sirius/XM radio is already spinning their single “Sacrifice” on the Octane channel. Other radio stations around the country are picking up on the raw, edgy vibe these Miami, Florida rockers are throwing down. The band is fronted by charismatic frontman/vocalist Sergio Sanchez who formed the band in 2006 with producer and co-writer, Paul Trust.
While some would simply label them alternative rock, or perhaps hardcore, such distinctions are too generic and do a disservice to the band’s style. Their sound is ripe with modern influence, but layered with undercurrents of early grunge and classic hard rock. They have taken the whole mix and created an fertile blend of intense, driving rock. It shouldn’t be surprising they cull so many elements together. Atom Smash is a four-piece United Nations. Sergio is Cubano, guitarist Alex “Z” Zilinski is Austrian, drummer Mark Annino is Italian, and bassist Arnold Nese is Equadorian with a pinch of Italian.
Sergio influenced by 90’s Grunge, 80’s Hair Metal, 70’s Southern Rock, 60’s Classic Rock, 50s Country and Blues and whatever the future holds. And of course the fans and genuine people. According to his website he is also co-founder of a belly dance studio and if you feed him Kucka Racha shots he’ll chase chickens around your apartment complex. Friend and belly-dancer Roshana Nefret appears in the band’s “Sacrifice” video.
“Z” picked up the guitar at nine, followed by the drums at 12, and eventually attended the (SAE) Institute of Audio Engineering in Vienna. He’s worked with former Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice, and he loves the classics.
Arnold grew up on hip-hop and 80’s hard rock. He picked up the bass at 18 and worked in the band Sunday Driver with former Atom Smash drummer and current producer, Paul Trust.
Marky has pounded the skins for more bands than Starbuck’s has franchises. If you put a surface in front of him, he will start pounding away. Ladies beware. He’s lethal with his sticks.
The band’s single “Sacifice” is about what we all give up to pursue our dreams. The track “Kill Me” kicks off with a funky-rolling riff reminiscent of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, before breaking into a straight-up raging rock classic. The band is currently on a blitzkrieg tour across the country trying to spread the word and fertile seed of Atom.
Check them out at their MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/atomsmashmusic.