Atomic Swindlers

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Alternative, Psychedelic rock, Glam rock, Punk Rock, Garage rock, Modern rock, Art rock More...


Rochester NY United States

Sounds Like

David Bowie, Lou Reed ,

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Member since: 03/29/2015 Year Founded: 2002


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  • Original material: 07 hrs : 45 min
  • Cover material: 03 hrs : 30 min
  • CDs released: 10
  • CDs sold: 500
  • Digital songs sold: 600
  • Original Songs: 100
  • Average Draw: 40
  • Largest crowd: 500
  • Have sound: No PA


Atomic Swindlers is a six-piece rock band from Rochester, New York, fronted by April Laragy. They are known as more for the science-fiction laced sexuality they portray as for their music. They are more often compared to late 60s to early 70s glam and psychedelic bands like David Bowie and Pink Floyd than to any contemporary bands.

The band began as a recording project in Rochester, New York with frontwoman April Laragy on vocals and guitar, Gary Trainer on bass, and Roy Stein on drums. As they began to play together they realized that they would need to play live gigs to attract a following and added guitarists Chris Yockel and Scott Ostrowski for a fuller sound.[1]

Adding Yockel and Ostrowski contributed to the emergence of the band's eclectic nature. Ostrowski, a blues-based traditional rock guitarist contrasted with Yockel's jagged ambient style to create an edgy tension to their sound.[1]

Keyboardist Johnny Cummings rounded out the sextet and they began playing and recording the tracks for what would become their self-released debut album, Coming Out Electric.[1] Ostrowski has since been replaced by Mike Gladstone.

Out Magazine

April 01, 2006
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"If you like David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust you'll love the Atomic Swindlers. Front woman April Laragy is a virtual female Bowie on this sextet's debut, Coming Out Electric." by Matthew Breen, Out Magazine, April 2006

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