Attack Attack! is a name that has been in the middle of the scene since they first appeared back in 2007. A small town group from Columbus, Ohio, that over a period of 4 years has managed to morph themselves into the unbreakable force that they are now.
With their most recent self titled album, AA has shown a side that has become quite a subject of controversy to their loyal fan base. Their new track “Last Breath” portrays a drastic change in writing as well as the group’s direction as a whole, which leads way to the question, “what exactly happened?” I got my answer to this question when I managed to catch up with Drummer Andrew Wetzel during this year’s Vans Warped Tour, in which I got some insight as to what exactly has been going on with the group, as well as their mindset with the coming direction of their music.
“After Johnny bailed, Caleb stepped up to fill his spot, and obviously Caleb has a much different voice than Johnny, so of course we’re going to write to his voice”
Wetzel acknowledged the group’s large change stylistically, but says that they went back to the drawing board with their new music.
“We went back to the heaviest stuff we’ve ever written, and started taking idea’s from there….We’ve got a poppy song, some a little heavier with an alt rock feel, and some extremely heavy songs that really show our diversity”
Wetzel stressed the fact that they are attempting to write closest to their past style, while still being able to open doors to a new market, and the same time trying to not alienate their withstanding fan base
He said that they wanted to keep the heavy tunings and the ‘in your face’ element of previous AA albums, but continue on writing something that’s new and exciting to them, allowing themselves to grow as musicians and as well as a group.
“We’ve gotten a lot of attention from this, and we’re finally getting at what we want to do, not just being known as ‘that crabcore band’, but writing real music and having real careers”
While watching their performance at Cincinnati Warped tour, it was obvious the difference in crowd reaction to their new track, surrounded by a set list of old time favorites. Although it is going to be a difficult task to accomplish, AA has shown us nothing but perseverance through the hardest times, and I feel that they are only going to rise to the occasion. Personally I cannot wait to see what this group can do once they have found solid footing.