AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER
Serving in the US Navy as a real-life air traffic controller, singer/songwriter Dave Munro sent home 4-track demos written and recorded during his deployment. With his enlistment up, Munro returned to hometown Boston and discovered a surprising number of fans and collaborators, prompting the genesis of the aptly-named band.
In 2012, Air Traffic Controller (including female singer-songwriter/bassist Casey Sullivan, concert band director/composer and lead guitarist Steve Scott, and Dave's brother, drummer Richie Munro) released the effervescent all-American indie pop record NORDO, the follow up to '09's The One, and received many accolades and award nominations such as the “Artist on The Verge” award by NMS. “You Know Me” from NORDO graced the #1 spot on The Hype Machine, was placed on the NPR Hot 100 List for SXSW, was named Best Indie Alternative Song in the Independent Music Awards, and currently has over 5 Million plays on Spotify. With the second single "Hurry Hurry," ATC was named Band Of The Day by the Guardian UK and a Top 5 College Radio act by WERS and MTVU.
Citing classic influences like Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen, Munro keeps it honest, with autobiographical lyrics and thoughtful storytelling. On stage, ATC is often accompanied by an entire string section to capture and recreate the brilliant and full sound found on their recordings. In 2013, the band toured London and since have been asked to perform with acts such Joshua Radin, Kongos, Catfish & The Bottlemen and more.
Fast forward to 2015: Air Traffic Controller is touring this spring and have re-teamed with producer Bleu on their third studio album, incorporating more duets and solo lead songs with fellow songwriter Casey Sullivan, additional strings by Jeremy Van Cleave, and percussion by Seth Kasper and Adam Salameh. The album reaches into new, often dark, territory but is consistent with the everyman spirit of ATC, featuring new songs “The House,” “People Watching,” and “On The Wire” – all of which have been featured on Spotify’s official New Music Tuesday playlist.