Air Traffic Controller performing at The Beachcomber 8/11

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Date(s) - August 11, 2018
9:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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The Beachcomber
Wellfleet

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Indie rock band Air Traffic Controller performing at The Beachcomber, Saturday 8/11.  Opening act:  MB Padfield 9pm, 21+

AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER have created a place all their own in the indie pop world. Serving in the US Navy as an air traffic controller, singer/songwriter Dave Munro sent demos written during deployment to his friends back home. This was the inception of the band. What has evolved is beyond what he or anyone expected.

With an eclectic song catalog and category-defying organic/electronic sound, ATC has captured a loyal following nationwide. They were 2015 Billboard Hot 100 Fest performers with The Weeknd and Justin Bieber, placed on the NPR Hot 100 List for SXSW, named Guardian UK Band of the Day, won Best Indie Alternative Song for “You Know Me” in the Independent Music Awards, and have over 20 million spins on Spotify. ATC’s music has been licensed by Bose, MTV, NBC, ABC, Disney, Verizon, Toyota and more.

The band started 2016 with showcases in Park City at Sundance with ASCAP, Toyota Music Lodge, and Cisero’s. They followed this up with their first Sixthman Rock Boat cruise with bands Michael Franti & Spearhead, Bronze Radio Return, Jukebox The Ghost, Colony House, NEEDTOBREATHE, and Welshly Arms. An Official act at SXSW 2016, ATC played showcases for McDonalds, the Grammy Museum, and was featured on Jeff Regan’s Alt Nation playlist of bands to watch at the festival.

Air Traffic Controller’s multi award-winning third album, BLACK BOX features “People Watching,” “On The Wire” and “What You Do To My Soul,” and won three Independent Music Awards (Best Indie/Alt Rock Album, Indie/Alt Rock Song, Producer). The music video for “The House” has won and impressive number of awards including a Boston Music Award, Improper Bostonian’s “Boston’s Best” Music Video, as well as the 2016 New England Music Award for Best Video. The House was also an Official Selection in the UK at the 2016 Raindance Film Festival Music Videos Programme. The entertaining music video has been named by Boston Magazine as the best video for 2015, and has been in rotation on MTVU, MTV2, and on the homepage of Funny Or Die.

Support for ATC has come in from all over. Vanyaland in Boston calls BLACK BOX an evolution forward featuring “crafty alt-pop, an expansion of depth and sound, catchy hooks,” and describes the song “Warrior” as “a pleasantly brooding, mystic-pop thumper.” One Stop Record Shop in the UK states “the album is equal parts fascinating and brilliant,” while “combining flecks of CHVRCHES with the indie vibes of Pulp and a smattering of Death Cab For Cutie.” Songs from BLACK BOX were featured by SXSW 2017, Gary Vaynerchuk in the Daily Vee, EA Sports NHL 17, the UK’s top reality show Made In Chelsea. At radio, WXRV and WERS had multiple songs in rotation, songs have been played on Top 40 Mix 93.3 in Kansas City, KX 93.5 Laguna CA, KCSN & KXLU Los Angeles, WLCA Illinois, WHSN Maine, KXTE Los Vegas, KTCL Colorado and more. CLIF Bar, Quiznos, and Boston Harbor Distillery have asked to work with Air Traffic Controller, as well as MyMusicRX out of Portland, OR.  On the road ATC played over 100 shows in 2016 including Summerfest, WXRV’s celebrated annual Riverfront Festival, Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Denver’s Beaver Creek Music Experience, the North Face 50th Anniversary Party, Boston Music Awards, and the year-end celebration as a headliner at Boston’s First Night, New Year’s Eve on Copley Square.

ECHO PAPA was released on June 23, 2017. Once again, Air Traffic Controller delivers another evolution of the band with mature lyrics and exploring new topics that are of the moment. On the lead-off track “After Party” – written shortly after the 2016 election – Dave Munro points out the metaphor, “We wrote this song back in January, trying to express our feelings about this out of control political climate, which feels a lot like a drunken after party. How did we end up here? Is this even politics anymore, or are we in some sort of post-party reality-tv free for all?”

After Party earned the band ‘Best Indie/Alternative Song’ and Echo Papa won ‘Best Rock EP’ in the Independent Music Awards.  The album’s duet, “It’s You”, achieved National College Radio rotation and was named #3 in the Top 88 of 2017 by WERS alongside Portugal the Man, Beck, and Arcade Fire.



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