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Attack! Attack! UK
Attack! Attack! UK
Rock Ridge Music UK
www.attackattack.net


Google the band Attack! Attack! typed in exactly like that and, no kidding, the first entry you get is a screamo band out of Ohio. But you look a little closer and you notice that that is not Attack! Attack! that's Attack Attack! see the difference? Yeah, I didn't either.

It's amazing the effect an exclamation point can have, or rather the lack there of. Once I matched up the Myspace music to the CD I had been listening to, I found out that Attack! Attack! is a pop rock band hailing from South Wales. If you base your knowledge and preconceived notions of UK bands off of the likes of Muse and People In Planes, then you're like me and already have high expectations for this band. After giving their self-titled debut album a listen, I'm happy to say my expectations were pretty much met.

Now this wasn't an "apples-to-apples" comparison of bands, as you could never really do that with Muse or PIP, though you could compare the quality. With the first song, "Honesty" you have that mass appeal, foot tapping, punk that would easily snag in a few of Fall Out Boys' fans. Down to "Too Bad Son" takes that foot tapping and puts a slightly harder spin on it. The energy drinks were definitely in full supply for this song. With the guitar cycling through perfect hooks and lyrics that exemplify the right way to do emo; this song never lets up. With "Say It To Me" you begin to wonder how these guys have enough stamina to perform all of these songs in one set. I like this song 'cause it's a bit different than the others. The light-airy pop is gone and it's replaced with Britrock. That means that the song mixes it up, with the tone off a little and those guitars that just rip through you, much like those other great Britrockers Lostprophets. "Lights Out" is an expertly arranged/written song. The transitions between chorus/hooks/and the meat of the song are perfection. "Home Again" is the one song that really sticks out and that's because it almost sounds as though it's a totally different band. This would be the element of punk integrated; it's raw and stiff. Are you angry enough for Rise Against or Thrice (pre-Alchemy Index)? If your answer was yes, then this is the song for you to dive into. For the last song on the album "Time Is Up" (ps - love the title for a last song), is an excellent way to finish. I'm quite infatuated with the guitar solo at the beginning. It's not real complicated, yet is excellent. The beginning of this song and the beginning of "A Town Called Hypocrisy" (Lostprophets) bear much resemblance and that's a good thing. In fact the whole song has that same resemblance. Though my favorite part comes in about 2:00, when the drums quiet and the guitar holds its notes just a little bit longer. With the insanely fast tempo, you're not expecting it at all and that's the best part.

This is some great music. And it's been awhile since a quality pop punk band has made an appearance. So leave it to the Brits (and a bit of Red Bull) to help us out. Will there be a battle over a punctuation mark in the future? Let's hope not. But if there is, let's hope that these guys win.

-Rachel Fredrickson

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