Air Traffic Controller have created a place all their own in the indie pop world.
Serving in the US Navy as an air traffic controller, singer/songwriter Dave Munro sent home demos written during deployment. Band-mate and singer/songwriter Casey Sullivan met Dave soon thereafter, and the two forged a collaborative bond that has become
the vocal sound of ATC.
With an eclectic song catalog and category-defying organic/electronic sound, people are taking notice of ATC. Theywere 2015 Billboard Hot 100 Fest performers with The Weeknd and Justin Bieber, placed on the NPR Hot 100 List for SXSW, named Guardian UK Band of the Day, won Best Indie Alternative Song for "You Know Me" in the Independent Music Awards, and have over 15 million Spotify plays. ATC's music has been licensed by Bose, MTV, NBC, ABC, Disney, Verizon, Toyota, and many more.
The band started 2016 with showcases in Park City at Sundance with ASCAP, Toyota Music Lodge, and Cisero's. They followed this up with their first Sixthman Rock Boat cruise with bands like Bronze Radio Return, Jukebox The Ghost, and Michael Franti. An Official act again this year at SXSW, ATC played showcases for McDonalds, the Grammy Museum, and was featured on Jeff Regan's Alt Nation playlist of bands to watch at this year's festival.
Air Traffic Controller’s third album, BLACK BOX, was released on March 11, 2016. The new album features "People Watching," "On The Wire" and "What You Do To My Soul." The official music video for "The House" won Improper Bostonian's "Boston's Best" Music Video, as well as the 2016 New England Music Award for Best Video. The House was also named by Boston Magazine as the best video for 2015, and has been in rotation on MTVU, MTV2, and on the homepage of Funny Or Die.
Support for the new album has come in from all over. Vanyaland in Boston calls BLACK BOX an evolution forward featuring "crafty alt-pop, an expansion of depth and sound, catchy hooks," and describes the song "Warrior" as "a pleasantly brooding, mystic-pop thumper." One Stop Record Shop in the UK states "the album is equal parts fascinating and brilliant" while "combining flecks of CHVRCHES with the indie vibes of Pulp and a smattering of Death Cab For Cutie."
Songs from BLACK BOX have been featured by Gary Vaynerchuk in the Daily Vee, EA Sports NHL 17, the UK's top reality show Made In Chelsea. At radio, WXRV and WERS have multiple songs in rotation, songs have been played on Top 40 Mix 93.3 in Kansas City, KX 93.5 in Laguna CA, KCSN & KXLU Los Angeles, WLCA Illinois, WHSN Maine, KXTE Los Vegas, KTCL Colorado and more. CLIF Bar, Quiznos, and Boston Harbor Distillery have asked to work with Air Traffic Controller, as well as MyMusicRX out of Portland, OR. On the road ATC has hit Summerfest, Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Denver's Beaver Creek Music Experience and will continue to play shows throughout the year in support of the new album.
Air Traffic Controller is from Boston and features:
Dave Munro, Casey Sullivan, Steve Scott, Adam Salameh & Adrian Aiello
BLACK BOX PRESS QUOTES:
"A sonorous mix of bright, edgy sounds" - Culture Collide
"Air Traffic Controller opens the Hot 100 stage on day 2, makes the most of its opportunity and introduces a breezy
new song called "Water Falls" from its new record." - Billboard
"Air Traffic Controller took the Sinclair in Cambridge by storm, playing a huge set that covered all the hits." - WERS, Boston
"Sullivan comes forward as a lead vocalist, adding a dreamy overtone to the band’s already-exuberant sound. Her
voice beautifully soars over a handclap-friendly beat, sparkling guitars & hypnotizing synths." - BuzzBands LA
"Black Box will take you through the ups and downs of summer and may just be stuck in your head for longer."
- The Daily, University of Washington
"Infectious new single “The House,” a catchy-ass song if there ever was one." - Vanyaland
"A gorgeous voice. There is much to be excited about with Air Traffic Controller." - RSL Blog
"Ethereal and buttery smooth vocals work wonders with the band’s electrifying sound." - ThreadSence
"Ravishing." - Free Bike Valet
“If this is what feel-good music sounds like, I want buckets and buckets more of it.” - Indie Shuffle