Jordan Cain Introduces New Supergroup, Atlantis Aquarius
Like a true Texas gentleman, Jordan Cain rocks a cowboy hat, polished low-cut white tee, and rustic boots surely inspired by southern psychedelic rock from the 70’s. He evokes a style all his own and a talent that rivals the best. You might have seen him playing around Deep Ellum with many bands including the Texas Gentlemen or Rise & Shine, but if you’re not yet hip to his music, then you’re about to be.
Born from the heart of rock & soul and with the ability to kill it on drums, guitar, and vocals, Cain has built his career on a passion for music, which has evolved into a vision for a dynamic American-roots band, Atlantis Aquarius.
We sat down with Cain to discover what sets his style apart, inspires his music, and got him to where he is today.
Atlantis Aquarius was dreamed up by the seasoned artist as a way to bring to life a mix of American roots, southern psychedelic, blues, and hint of obscurity. Known by some as a Texan supergroup, Atlantis Aquarius boasts quite a noteworthy roster:
Vocals/Guitar—Jordan Cain (Rise & Shine), Vocals—Taylor Lumby (The Affections/Larry g(EE)), Keys—Sevans Henderson, Drums—Ryan Ake (Natural Anthem/The Texas Gentlemen), and Bass—Scott Lee (Rise & Shine).
“I’m flattered to be considered a supergroup,” says Cain. “I definitely think everyone I’m playing with is ‘super’. Truthfully, it’s just me and a bunch of my friends.”
Aside from being recognized as a supergroup, another thing destined to separate Atlantis Aquarius apart from previous projects is the accompaniment of a female vocal. “We’re excited to bring on Taylor Lumby, who sings with Larry Gee, K Phillips, Wesley Geiger‚ and the whole Texas Gentleman group.”
Just talking about Atlantis Aquarius, it’s easy to tell Cain’s passion for the band. Having played with countless legendary Dallas bands, he admits to finally having a project that’s rightfully his own and represents his soulfully eccentric style.
“I wanted this to be something that’s really unique,” says Cain. Compared to Rise & Shine and Jonathan Tyler, “I’m going a little heavier with this—a little more far out and a little weirder. Melodically and lyrically, it will be much more esoteric.”
And, the band’s new music is on the horizon. “We’re writing an album right now,” says Cain. “June 30 at the Armoury will be our first listening party.” It’ll be a set full of new music that hasn’t been tracked yet, to get an idea of what’s to come.
“For all of my music,” says Cain, “Our plan is to press the albums to vinyl, but also have it digitally available.” And speaking of new music, Cain also hinted at a new Rise & Shine record, appropriately titled, the Second Coming, planned to be released later this year.
It’s hard to ignore the passion behind the Atlantis Aquarius project—and come June 30th, the window into their soul will be opened.
We know you’ve mastered many instruments, but what was your first?
The first instrument I started playing was drums. But I’ve always dabbled here and there with anything musical. I’ve just always been infatuated with music. I do dabble—jack of all trades, master of none—with many instruments. I consider myself primarily a drummer, and also a songwriter for mostly guitar. We have a song on the new Rise & Shine record that I wrote on the organ.”
As a songwriter for multiple bands and instruments, what inspires your songwriting for Atlantis Aquarius?
There’s always going to be elements of American roots in my music—blues, country, rock, etc. I’m from Oklahoma and live in Texas, it just comes naturally. I’ve done some songwriting with Jonathan Tyler and Rise & Shine, but I’m mostly writing this Atlantis Aquarius record by myself.
With all our interviews at Crate Diggers, we of course love to ask about vinyl. What’s your record collection like?
I like to think I have a pretty good collection. It’s not huge, it’s not small. I love throwback stuff from the 70’s—that’s obvious—you can see it all over me. I don’t mean to wear it on my shoulders but I do. (And a great set of tatted sleeves, we might add).
Do you remember your first record in your collection?
Without a doubt. I was thrift shopping with my grandma when I was probably in third or fourth grade, and I honestly loved going to thrift shops with her. I found two records that day: a Nat King Cole record and Frank Sinatra, Strangers in the Night—I got them for a dollar a piece. I didn’t really start buying vinyl until after high school, but now I’ve got some pretty good stuff. I buy both vintage records and new. I think it’s really cool that you can find anything today on vinyl; it’s the purest way to listen to music.
So one question we’ve started asking because we get interesting answer from it, what kind of music did your parents listen to as you were growing up? Has it influenced your music taste?
It sounds so cliche, but I was definitely raised in a Pentecostal church and that’s what I was hearing at a young age. From diapers until I was 18, it was Pentecostal music on Sundays, and at the house my folks were listening to George Strait, Alabama—stuff that’s good, but isn’t in my collection. Music is subjective, so I’m not going to say it’s good or bad. But actually, I do have a George Strait album in my vinyl collection, and Alan Jackson. I didn’t really find The Beatles, or Led Zeppelin, or Leon Russell until I was older.
If it wasn’t your parents, what got you into that kind of music?
Around 6th grade I got a drumset and was really into blues music. Anytime I happen to hear it on the radio or a movie, I’d love to feel the music. So I got a drumset from my cousin—who’s an incredibly badass drummer from Oklahoma—and I told his dad that I just really wish I had an old blues record that I could put on and play drums to. And next thing I know, he went out to his car, got a BB King cassette tape, and gave it me—and that broke me into secular music.
Don’t miss Jordan Cain and Atlantis Aquarius play their new jams at the listening party on June 30th and keep an eye out for more upcoming shows!