Atlas Genius’ hit single “Trojans” has been climbing up the charts and picking up airplay since it was included on the Australian duo’s When It Was Now EP, released last August. But it was only recently, as the brothers Keith and Michael Jeffrey began their first headlining tour of the States, that the duo became aware that audiences really know the band.
It was at a show in Austin, Texas at the 1,800-capacity Emo’s East. “When we arrived at the venue we’re like, ‘This is a little big for us,'” Michael told Rolling Stone backstage at this year’s KROQ Weenie Roast. But the show sold out.
“When you play a show like that you go, ‘OK, we can do this,'” said Keith. “That was the moment for us.”
The band drew more attention when they did an acoustic cover of the new Daft Punk single “Get Lucky” for Amsterdam radio station 3FM. Despite the Daft Punk phenomenon, the brothers were genuinely surprised anyone paid attention.
“I thought for the hell of it I would do a stripped-down acoustic version of that song, not expecting anyone outside of Amsterdam to hear it,” said Keith. “Now it’s gone up online. I thought maybe some of our fans would hear it, but I didn’t think it would be much beyond that.”
The brothers don’t expect to bust out their acoustic rendition of “Get Lucky” during the upcoming tour, but there will be more in store. “We can play as long as we want. We’re going to play the entire album, and then you can extend sections, you can go to town on some songs,” Keith said. “We might throw in a cover from time to time, to keep it fun for us.”
Though the Jeffrey brothers have several new songs already done or close to done, fans should not expect to hear new material on tour. “There are four or five songs that we didn’t get finished in time for this album that I’m really excited to get done,” said Keith. “And then I’ve been working on some random stuff on my own. At some point we’ll get together and turn it into Atlas Genius.”