Grand Junction’s Radio Room expands its genre with indie rock bands |

Grand Junction’s Radio Room expands its genre with indie rock bands

Sharon Sullivan
The Photo Atlas, an indie rock band from Denver, will perform at the Radio Room, Saturday, Jan. 25, at 9:30 p.m.
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WHAT: Alternative rock band The Photo Atlas; Local bands Cheapart and Obtuse will open the show

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 25, at 9:30 p.m.

WHERE: Radio Room, 1310 Ute Ave., Grand Junction

COST: $7 advance; $10 at the door

INFO: 970-241-8801, ext. 223;

2014 looks to be a good year for the Denver-based alternative-rock band, The Photo Atlas.

In March, the indie rock group will perform at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. In May, the band is headed to gigs in Costa Rica and Panama to promote their latest CD to be released this spring.

The Photo Atlas will first stop in Grand Junction, with a show at the Radio Room, 1310 Ute Ave., Saturday, Jan. 25, at 9:30 p.m.

The band is comprised of Alan Andrews, lead singer and guitar player; bassist Mark Hawkins; Joshua Taylor on drums and back-up vocals; and Bill Threlkeld on guitar.

The group moved to Colorado from California 10 years ago, where they often perform at the Hi-Dive in Denver.

Andrews, Threlkeld and Hawkins grew up playing music together, and they’ve developed their own unique sound and style over the years, Andrews said.

The group’s musical influences include At the Drive-In, Fugazi, Foals and Cage the Elephant — all upbeat, alternative rock bands, he added.

The Photo Atlas performs and records all original material, songs written primarily by Andrews but collaborated on by everyone.

“I start off on guitar experimenting with different sounds and keys,” Andrews said. “I’ll find a guitar riff that sounds good, and then put the rest of the instrumentation to it.”

The lyrics tend to be stories, he said, that are open for interpretation.

Their third, yet to be titled, album that will be released in May was recorded at The Blasting Room in Fort Collins, Colo. The album is the band’s biggest thus far, with an expanded sound that’s not as genre specific as prior projects, Andrews said.

Their first album is “No, not me, never,” which was followed by “Stuck in a honey track,” which was released in early 2013.

A 2009 EP titled “To Silently Provoke The Ghost” received a four-star review in ”Alternative Press” magazine.

In December 2013, The Photo Atlas won some coveted radio air time after winning a contest sponsored by Denver alternative rock radio station’s 93.3 FM.

Two local acts will open the Radio Room show: Cheapart and Obtuse.

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