"Confusion Comforts Me" by Atlas is just about my favorite Connecticut 90's single side (including even Monsterland), maybe second only to Grand Passion's "Negative Jesus". Not only does it have a great riff-- one that Flipside called "the MTV theme as played by Small 23", which is kind of a joke, actually-- but I've always liked the sound of fret squeak for whatever reason, and here, the fret squeak is practically a part of the riff itself. I know that's a stupid reason for liking a song, but "Confusion Comforts Me" is way cooler than that, trust me. Then there's "Punch It Like Kojak", which isn't hardcore but still has a serious mosh part in the place of a chorus-- "aaaaahhh, PUNCH IT!" Try beating that one.
The Atlas 7" was Capsule 002; Capsule One was a compilation 7", which I posted last September if you want to go back and look for it. Besides a few compilation tracks and the 7", Atlas also released a CD, which is a truly great thing in and of itself; eventually when I post it I'll include the Atlas interview from Brushback #6, which is pretty darn hilarious (Angela: "We played with Drew Barrymore's mother's boyfriend's band." Dave: "Oh, you mean Creature Did?").
There were only 300 of "Confusion Comforts Me" pressed, on clear vinyl, and it's almost impossible to find a copy despite the fact that I don't think it ever actually sold out. I'd been on a two-year search to replace my original copy and not having any luck, until Brian from Atlas contacted me out of the blue last month and I begged a copy off him. So here it is, thanks to Brian. You rule.
"Confusion Comforts Me"
"Punch It Like Kojak"
(these files are now listen-only)