Let’s face it, a memorable name can be just as important as the music itself. North Carolina band Finding Atlantis seem to have figured that out. Alongside their catchy melodies, clean vocals, and relatable lyrics, this quartet managed to choose a name that shrouds them in mystery, just enough so to intrigue listeners. (What’s more mysterious than the lost city of Atlantis, right?) Currently, the pop rock four-piece can be found in the studio working on new songs to follow up last year’s release of ‘The Saltwater Cure,’ but singer Chris Lane took some time to tell us exactly what it means to find Atlantis. Check it out below.
Who came up with the band name?
It’s actually kind of a funny story. I had typed a bunch of different band name ideas in a message on Facebook and sent them to Arthur [Balwah, guitarist] one night. The next day, he and Josh [Willis, drummer] were tossing around some ideas and mentioned “Finding Atlantis” as one of the names. Later on, they opened my message, and while reading through the ideas, they saw “Finding Atlantis” on the list. [laughs] So, in a way, Arthur and I both came up with it.
Was there a selection process?
We pretty much just asked if everyone liked the name, everyone agreed on it, and so we went with it.
Is there a particular meaning behind the name?
My reason for adding it to the list was because we wanted to do something with this band that had never been done before (a band that had elements of pop, rock, punk, and R&B, and plays music because it’s what they love, not just for fame and money), especially in the NC music scene, and no one has ever found Atlantis. To find Atlantis would be to do something that’s never been done, so we are Finding Atlantis, we are doing something that’s never been done.
What’s the best name that you considered but rejected?
Our original band name was Ocala Drive, but members of my previous band had since joined a band with a very similar name, so we changed it.
What’s the worst name that you considered using?
Asterisms (the second name we went with before deciding on Finding Atlantis). The other guys liked the name, but I personally hated it. The meaning is cool: a cluster of stars. But, every time I announced our name to someone, all I could think of was an aneurysm. [laughs]
Any regrets about the name you chose?
Honestly, no. I love it, and it’s become such a big part of all of us at this point that it just sounds right. I guess if I had to think of one thing, it would be that there’s a documentary by the same name, which sometimes makes it hard for people to find us via online search engines. But, hopefully, one day when you type in “Finding Atlantis,” we’ll be the first search results you see.
Pick up Finding Atlantis’ latest EP, The Saltwater Cure.
For the band’s upcoming tour dates, check out their Facebook page.