Ataloft: Album Release

Ataloft: Album Release

Dan Reed of WXPN w/ Travel Lanes, Katie Frank

May 3 2014 · Sat

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$10.00 - $13.00

This event is 21 and over

What began as a wintertime diversion for Frog Holler's Darren Schlappich, Michael Lavdanski and friend/studio owner/engineer Bruce Siekmann has evolved into a new band called Ataloft, complete with a six piece line-up and a twelve-song, self-titled debut recording due out this April on ZoBird Records.

Ataloft, was recorded at Siekmann’s Amoeba Studio in Fleetwood, PA, the trio of long-time friends setting out to give full studio treatment to a batch of crude demos that Schlappich had been working on outside of his main songwriting vehicle, Frog Holler. The singer credits a string of life-affirming events, including, the birth of his two sons the loss of his father, aunt and cousin, and a major surgery of his own as both inspiration and motivation for the set.
While Schlappich manicured the basic arrangements, lyrics and melodies over a long period, the recording process was a series of creative bursts, utilizing Lavdanski’s skill set to color the songs big musical sections with layered guitars, keyboards, oooh’s, aaah’s and shoo-wops, Siekmann, solidifying each with bass, drums and finishing touches of guitar, keys, percussion and sample manipulations.
Ataloft has expanded to six pieces to play the recording live enlisting Nick Franclik (Eric Steckel, Electric Farm) on bass, Cory Heller (Neo-Trio) on keyboards and vocals and Keegan Linder on guitar.
The band’s name comes from a childhood lip synch band that Schlappich, his brother and a few neighborhoods friends founded while growing up in suburban West Wyomssing, PA.
Dan Reed of WXPN w/ Travel Lanes
Dan Reed of WXPN w/ Travel Lanes
Travel Lanes was created on a whim.....or a series of whims. Answering, or commenting to a Craigslist ad, led to the formation of the group. Four guys deciding to meet in a room to play music was an accomplishment in itself. A well-received EP was quickly recorded over the space of a year in 2013.

With comparisons made to the sound of The Replacements, Elvis Costello, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Nick Lowe and Graham Parker, Travel Lanes combines a mix of power pop and rock, with smart hooks, lyrics, melodies and harmonies.

Another full length record under their belt landed Travel Lanes in The Philadelphia Inquirers’ top 10 Philly records of 2015, but another bump in the road put them back in the trio category. But the band has happily managed to continue to write new music, play multiple shows with guest musicians, and they even have some surprises up their sleeves for 2016 and beyond. Stay tuned…
Katie Frank
Katie Frank
Katie Frank is a singer/guitarist from Philadelphia who writes and performs her own songs. She has recently teamed up with producer Kevin Killen to create a driving new record "All You'll Get From Greed"(2019) that has been gaining praise from radio stations across the country with singles like "The Delusion" and "Do Over Babe" (available now)

“The Delusion” is full of the seemingly effortless sound of a natural-born musician, complete with catchy hooks and confident vocals that make us endlessly thankful Frank took the music path. After all, Frank sings, “I’ve got nothing to lose but my money and my mind.”- 88.5 wxpnfm
Venue Information:
The Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA, 19003