Atlantic

Biography by

Firmly in the classic AOR tradition, Atlantic musicians Phil Bates (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards), Simon Harrison (guitar, keyboards), Glen Williams (keyboards), Chris Taylor (keyboards), Paul Hoare…
Read Full Biography

Artist Biography by

Firmly in the classic AOR tradition, Atlantic musicians Phil Bates (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards), Simon Harrison (guitar, keyboards), Glen Williams (keyboards), Chris Taylor (keyboards), Paul Hoare (bass) and Andy Van Evans (guitar) represent an unfashionably large musical nucleus, complicated by the fact that drummer Andy Duncan does not play live, being replaced on such occasions by Phil Ridden. The group was formed in the summer of 1991 when Harrison was working on a television pilot theme song. He discovered his kindred spirit Bates in his quest for a suitable backing singer. The latter had already performed session tracks for Billy Ocean, Long John Baldry and producer Tony Visconti, while his own bands, Trickster and Quill, had supported ELO and Boston. His many session commissions included an appearance on the Gladiators television theme tune. His recent history up to the formation of Atlantic had also seen him singing with ELO Part 2. Together with an assembly line of local musicians, plus producer Colin Thurston (Duran Duran) and session drummer Duncan (Trevor Horn, Simple Minds), the duo concocted a set of AOR rock and power ballads, released by the Music For Nations label. A touring band was assembled, while a single, "Every Beat Of My Heart", was used to promote the album.