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Atom and His Package

The first thing you see on Atom and His Package's web site is the following: "Hello, my name is Atom. I write punk songs on a QY 700 music sequencer (the package) that, because the song use synthesized instruments, sound like 80's rock songs. Thanks."

And that sort of sums up what he does. How did it happen that Adam Goren should become Atom, the guy with the famous Fracture? Well, he used to be in a straight-up punk band called Fracture that broke up a couple of years ago. After the demise of the band, Atom found himself with a lot of time on his hands, so he started fooling around with the sequencer, which is capable of simulating over 800 different instruments. Soon he was creating legitimate pop songs with lyrics about various subjects, which, however ridiculous, he felt were deserving of his attention. Before he knew it, he was playing live shows throughout the East Coast (well he was live, anyway; the sequencer, for all its personality, was not) to enthusiastic nerdcore audiences of punkers and college kids who were hungry for something new and creative.

That's what Atom and His Package really provides. As goofy as the music is, it's completely fresh, totally hilarious, fucked-up beyond belief, and more punk rock than most of the punk rock out there. If you think that the idea of sequencer-based punk-pop songs with such remarkable titles as "(Lord It's Hard To Be Happy When You're Not) Using the Metric System" (featured here) or "Pumping Iron (Fe) For Enya" -- both from Atom's June 1999 No Idea release Making Love -- sounds like a joke that would get old quick, well, you might be right. But Atom's pretty damn funny, and the humor doesn't really fade. Plus, you'll be amazed at the diversity of sound he can get out of that sequencer.

"Karpathia," a distorted, spastic number which features early '80s dance synths, originally appeared on Troubleman's Taking a Chance on Chances compilation CD/LP and is also on Making Love. "Happy Birthday Ralph," about the furthest thing from a sincere birthday song you'll ever hear, is from Atom's 1997 Mountain Cooperative release A Society of People Named Elihu. "Mark Scott" is yet another twisted ode, from The First CD, released on Bloodlink Records in 1997.