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Angel and the Lovers (ATL) is a Texas-based Rock n Roll meets Soul Country trio whose sound has been described as “Roy Orbison’s Latino grandson with some Pop groove.”
ATL, comprised of Kyle Smith (bass / vocals), Felipe Garcia ( drums), and Angel Zuniga Martinez (guitar / vocals), look to release a self-titled debut album in the fall of 2013 through Zunimar Music after introducing their sound
to the local San Antonio music scene.
Martinez departed a Knoxville, Tennessee outfit, Angel and the Lovemongers, of some accomplishment and reputation, starting anew.
The Lovemongers had cracked the CMJ top 200 with their 2007 release The Humanist Queen, produced by Mitch Easter, the former Let’s Active frontman who produced R.E.M. records in the early ’80s. As the band was set to embark on an East Coast tour after their appearance at the 2007 Bonnaroo Music Festival, Pollstar called and said they’d like to do a feature article about the band on the road. Agents were calling.
“We were on the cusp of going to the next level, whatever that was,” Martinez says. “I felt the Lovemongers had built up the brand to have the next album really well received.”
Most of the songs slated to be part of the third
Lovemongers release became Martinez’s solo debut album. “The Cage” by Angel Zuniga Martinez was released February 2010 at the Bijou Theatre in Tennessee. ATL was born on that Bijou stage that night.
Angel, a Texas A M graduate and fifth generation Tejano from South Texas, moved to San Antonio in 2012 to pursue a communications career. The music bug hit after a year. ATL was re-formed with the supporting talents of Smith and Garcia.
“What I’m doing as an artist within ATL has some of those elements of Brit rock like a Morrissey or Freddy Mercury, but it has more variety, more of a tip of the hat to my Texas roots along the lines of rhythm and blues, Roy Orbison, and a little Freddy Fender,” says Angel.
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