Today’s Feature – October 12-13: Attack! Attack! UK

October 21, 2008 at 2:33 am (Today's Feature)

Neil, Will, Ryan and Mike of Attack! Attack! UK are our favorite types of artists – the kind of guys you can easily see yourself getting wasted on a Friday night with (or a Monday, Tuesday, any night of for that matter). The boys from Cardiff, Wales are doing what the do for the best reasons – because they’re having a damn good time (and not too mention; they’re pretty excellent at what they do). Their enthusiasm is evident, their talent undeniable, and their charisma overwhelming (they kick ass is what I’m trying to say).

Just talk to these guys and you get that feeling they’d saw off their right arm for you if they had to. Their self-titled debut release echoes all of this and more – they say “its honest, melodic, hard rocking music. There are also elements of punk in there. We wrote the songs as a band… We have tried to push the limits on capturing the energy and power of the songs. It’s also killer track after killer track in my opinion, there is not a song on there that we would call ‘filler.’” Whether it’s the vocals, the guitar shredding or the pounding percussion; nothing is held back. It’s raw, stomp your ear drums kind of music.

Attack! Attack! UK have been doing this for a while, so get out to a performance. Whether you go to the show planning to participate or not, you’ll find yourself “jumping, chanting, clapping, singing along and giving 100%.” Hopefully you’ll be just as tired as the band after the set. They’ve begun their UK tour with Funeral for a Friend, and hope to get to US soil by 2009. Dive into the XXQ’s for a whole lot more.

XXQs: Attack! Attack! UK (PEV): Tell us about how you first jumped into becoming
Attack! Attack! UK? Was it an instant connection for the band?

Neil: Myself and Ryan have been friends for a while and w had some time off from other projects so we decided to get together and write some stuff for fun, within a couple of hours we had written Lights out and home again which we both thought were pretty cool. That got us thinking we should jam these as a full band to see what they sound like. We called a bassist we knew that
was rad on the bass who we knew was free (Will) and got a friend Sam in to play drums and the songs sounded wicked. It gelled instantly. At that point we decided to get a fulltime drummer in (mike) and songs just kept flowing out of us. I guess you could say we never intended to start a band but the songs we wrote on acoustic guitars just cried out to be played with a full band and we haven’t looked back since

PEV: Hailing from the outskirts of Cardiff, Wales, what kind of music where each of the members listening to growing up?  Do you guys argue on different kinds of music?

Neil: Yeah we all have varied tastes , i like anything from 90s grunge (Nirvana, Pearl Jam) through to the total opposite end Prince and Stevie Wonder that kinda stuff  Will like Nu metal and jazz stuff, Ryan loves AC/DC, The Stereophonics, The police  where as Mike pretty much listen to anything and everything, his Ipod is CRAZY full of random stuff haha . One band we all kinda grew up admiring was Lost Prophets on the local scene

PEV: Tell us about your creative process. What kind of environment do you
have to be in to write music?

Neil: Our rehearsal space is TINY, its crammed full of equipment, t-shirts and general junk! Not an ideal creating environment but we get used to it. We just crank the amps up to 11 and play loud and hard.  The writing process for us has been smooth, we just jam out ideas in the rehearsal room and songs seem to come from no-where… it’s like one minute you have a riff the next minute we have a full song, it freaks me out how it works so easily.

PEV: Having performed together for quite some time, what can fans expect from a live Attack! Attack! UK show?

Neil: ENERGY , crowd participation – we wanna see the crowd jumping, chanting, clapping, singing along and giving 100% just like we are on stage . We like to rock as hard as we can

PEV: Tell us about your first live performance as a band. How have you
changed since that first show to where you are now?

Neil: We were out of shape, i mean for those who play in bands you’ll know, when you haven’t gigged for a while that first show hurts! by the time you are 2 songs in your lungs are ready to collapse because of all the jumping and running around whilst also trying to sing. I remember just hoping I would finish the show alive! since then we have got fitter, more used to the physical performances we give and enjoy every second

PEV: What can fans expect from your new self titled release “Attack! Attack!”? What was the collaborative process for this album?

Neil: It’s our debut, its honest, melodic, hard rocking music. There are also elements of punk in there. We wrote the songs as a band but we did get chance to make some changes with our producer Stuart, his input was awesome, he got rid of all the “fat” on the songs, bits that weren’t needed.

PEV: How is this album different from others out right now?

Neil: It is a lot more raw than a lot of albums you hear today. We have tried to push the limits on capturing the energy and power of the songs. It’s also killer track after killer track in my opinion, there is not a song on there that we would call “filler”

PEV: How would you describe the sound of Attack! Attack! UK?

Neil: Powerful, rocking, energetic, melodic, passionate, hard hitting.

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about the members of Attack!

Neil: Attack! UK?   We are all virgins haha, no not really haha, not really sure how to answer this, we are just 4 straight up, down to earth guys who are genuinely in love with what we do and totally wanna meet new friends all over the world . Not sure if that is a surprise or not because aren’t most rock stars meant to be pricks? Haha

PEV: Was there a certain point in your life when you knew that music was going to be a career for you?

Neil: After seeing bands like Rage against the machine and nirvana I knew I wanted to play guitar and sing in a band, as far as careers go I knew that music was the one thing in the world I was good at and hoped it would be enough to make into a successful career, fingers crossed it will.

PEV: What one word best describes Attack! Attack! UK?

Neil:  FUN

PEV: How is life on the road for you? Best and worst parts?

Neil: Best part is spending all your time with your best friends, meeting new people on the road and playing your music to people that actually care about it . The worst part is being away from your family and friends back home, that’s the killer

PEV: In all your travels, which has been your favorite city to play (US or

Neil: We have yet to play the USA so we can’t wait for that. Our favorite place so far is Tokyo in Japan, the culture there is SO different, it was mind blowing. The fans there were second to none too.

PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your success?

Neil: They are super happy for us, I think sometimes there is a lot of envy because we get to see the world but when we get home they big us up to everyone.

PEV: What can we find the members of the band doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?

Neil: Playing Soccer, playing XBox 360, hanging out with friends and family , chatting to people on MySpace.

PEV: Which artist would be your dream collaboration? Why?

Neil: We would love to do something with Dave Grohl, he is a hero of all of ours, the music he has made, the varied instruments that he is a genius – the guy is a legend!

PEV:  Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for?

Neil: Yeah our friend from Wales in The Blackout, they are hitting the US in spring time so definitely go check them out.

PEV: If you weren’t playing music, what would the members of the band most likely be doing for a career?

Neil: Ryan would be unemployed, it’s all he knows haha. Mike was in Uni before he left doing sound engineering so I guess he would be an engineer of some sort. I would like to be a radio DJ!

PEV: Ten years down the road, where will Attack! Attack! UK band be?

Neil: In Arenas touring the world promoting our 7th album!

PEV: So, what is next for Attack! Attack! UK?

Tour the UK with Funeral for a friend, then hopefully hit the US early 2009, watch this space!

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