Beyond Atlantis is an acoustic duo that are revitalising the acoustic scene. Formed in late 2016 from the West Midlands, the duo takes the raw, passionate aspects of 90’s Grunge/2000’s Alt Rock in a refreshing modern way.
“Soft and melodic but, with a subtle gritty edge.” – Muzak.
The pair have recently been busy working on the much-anticipated release of their single, ‘Songbird’, along with material for a full 10-track album to be released early next year with gigs to support the release.
- Paul Anthony, Planet Rock - "That's more like it! Tight musicianship and well-constructed songs."
- Ovation Promotions - "Incredible live band."
- Birmingham Live Bands (BLB) - "An authentic blend of Rock and Blues, featuring powerful vocals and clever songs."
- Music in Leicester Magazine - "Infectious performances, with richly created chords, ear-smacking hooks and breaks, blended with plenty of dazzling guitar work."
- Johnny Doom, Kerrang! Radio - "A very good band."
- NA Music - "A thunderous Midlands-based quartet. Huge aggression, no-nonsense riffs and monstrous rhythms.”
Anonymous’ first incarnations began making music in 2011, with all band members in the same high school at the time. Originally pub veterans performing Rock covers in local venues as a five-piece, the bands popularity grew and in late 2014 the desire to perform to a wider audience took them to writing, recording and performing original music as a quartet. The tail end of 2014 saw the recording of a debut self-titled EP, and a consistent and unrelenting schedule of gigging across the country, gathering fans and positive reviews along the way.
By 2015 the band had had gained considerable momentum and a greater following. Early on in the year their Debut EP was released, and throughout 2015 continued to gig as much as possible, and gain traction both within their fan base and amongst new fans and promoters in different areas. More and more music was written, and by the end of the year plans for a second release had been laid. 2016 was a great year and kicked off with a huge milestone for the band; Winning the Wolverhampton Slade Rooms’ Battle of the Bands competition, earning them the title of “Band of the Year” after electric performances in all three rounds of the event. Over the course of the year the band shared line-ups and stages with acts such as The Dead Dasies, The Amorettes, Skinny Molly, The Kentucky Headhunters, and The Lewis Hamilton Band to name a few. Rounding the year off with a busy December, Anonymous played to a packed 02 Academy (3) and began work on a second release; “What you deserve”.
Early 2017 saw a sold out release show in February in the neighbouring city of Derby, kicking off a tour playing shows across the country, and coming to a close down in London. The first half of the year garnered praise and support from both fans and critics, and the momentum carrying the band from this point did not, and has not stopped. April heralded yet another show at The Slade Rooms alongside increasing radio interest, and a headline slot at the grand re-opening of Nottingham’s famous ‘Pit and Pendulum’. Ushering May in, Anonymous featured on a festival line-up opening for UK rock giants Mallory Knox at Keele University, and put on a shining performance to the applause of a packed student union building, receiving rave reviews and a cementing a larger following within the university circuit. More recently in May Chesterfield’s ‘The Avenue’, the UK’s largest independent music venue, played host to a power trio of up and coming Rock bands from the surrounding areas, of which Anonymous were included.
Anita Fratanolo I've been singing since I was 6 years old. It started in my primary school. I was in a special music class from the beginning, that meant automatically a membership in the school choir. My main influences came from the huge collection of original Hungarian folk music by Zoltan Kodaly and Bela Bartok. These colourful themes could be found in most of their pieces as well.
Roland Varnyu I have been always into music in different ways. I started as a bass player in my first band for six years. It was a successful band in Hungary, called Beyond. The drums and percussions are quite new for me, I’ve been playing them for two years. I came from the hard genres, like trash metal and hard core. I run my own music record shop in Hungary for 20 years. Also I produced a radio show in a local radio station in my home town.
John Taylor I’ve never been a purist, always preferring musical hybrids – such as the folk, jazz and baroque of The Pentangle or the improvised punk and folk of The Ex. I first learned to play bass accompanying an English folk singer and in the intervening years I’ve relearned it many times - adding fretless bass and 12-string guitar along the way - playing everything from instrumental metal to blues and soul, but always returning to some variant of folk-rock, augmenting and adapting traditional songs using ideas learned from other music.
Janos Fratanolo I’ve been playing the guitar for 30 years. I’ve never learned at school, I’m self-taught as our bassist, Steve. My motivation was to get the ability to play the guitar riffs from the rock-metal bands from the ’80 and ’90, like Black Sabbath, Metallica, Iron Maiden. I turned to folk music at my thirties and started to be interested the fusion of different genres using my early influences in rock.
Dalma Demeny I’ve been into music since my early childhood. I graduated as a music teacher. My studied instruments are piano and violin. I was the first violinist in an authentic folk group for 14 years in my home town in Hungary. We were on tour all over in Europa and Transylvania. My main influences are from authentic, Hungarian folk and classical music.