Atomic remains radioactively brilliant. And just as recognisable as before. (Salt Peanuts)
Special attention was directed to the group’s new drummer. (…) Hulbaekmo was totally aware of the music and immersed in the driving flow so characteristic of Atomic. (Salt Peanuts)
After 13 years behind the drums, Paal Nilssen-Love has decided to leave Atomic and focus more on other projects. For Atomic this was sad news, but also an opportunity to get some fresh blood in the unit. The choice fell on the young and talented Hans Hulbaekmo.
Despite his young age of 24, Hulbaekmo has made a big impact on the Norwegian jazz scene and shows a musical maturity far beyond his years. He was thrown to the wolves when after only a one-hour soundcheck he played with Atomic for the first time in Narbonne, France, last July 21st.
The result exceeded the expectations of the other band members and they are very happy to welcome Hans Hulbaekmo as the new drummer of Atomic.
The first opportunity to catch the new line-up is at Oslo Jazzfestival, August 12. There is a European tour in October and CD-release tours in the US and Europe in 2015.