Welsh rock quartet Attack! Attack! U.K. (Neil Starr (lead vocals, guitar), Will Davies (bass), Ryan Day (guitar, vocals), and Mike Griffiths (drums) will be releasing their new album, "The Latest Fashion," in the U.S. via Rock Ridge Music on June 21, 2011. "It's not about how tight your jeans are, how slick your hair is or how many tattoos you have," says lead singer/guitarist Neil Starr. "It's about the music, plain and simple." The band, who has only performed in the U.S. once before (at SXSW in 2009), plans to unleash its live music experience on American audiences in support of the new album as well. Tour dates will be announced soon.
With eleven songs that go in your ears and bounce around your cranium all day (and then provide the soundtrack to your dreams that night), "The Latest Fashion" seamlessly blends soaring melodies, surging riffs and shout-'em-out-loud choruses: tunes that will rock out on the radio perfectly next to the Foo Fighters, Jimmy Eat World and Rise Against. The chiming, anthemic "Blood on my Hands" was inspired by Starr's recent fatherhood. "It's about responsibility and living up to your obligations," says the singer. "Consider it a reminder that people count on you." Another standout track is the relentless rocker and first single, "Nemesis." "Everyone has one," explains Starr. "I am my own worst enemy. If anyone's going to bring me down, it's me." "The Latest Fashion" was recorded in Cardiff, Wales, in the summer of 2010 with acclaimed producer Romesh Dodangoda (Motörhead, Funeral For A Friend, Bullet For My Valentine) at the helm. The sessions were relatively relaxed compared to the intense 10-day marathon that gave rise to the band's 2008 self-titled debut, which was produced by their old friend and Lostprophets bassist Stuart Richardson.
"Attack! Attack! U.K." earned raves on both sides of the pond. The band was nominated as best newcomer in the Welsh Music Awards. Alternative Press called their album "a terrific melodic rock knockout." NME trumpeted: "The entire history of British post-hardcore has been building towards Attack! Attack! [UK]." Kerrang! declared that their music "pack[s] enough pop-rock punch to leave you reeling for days." The venerable metal mag also nominated the four-piece in the Best British Newcomer category at the 2009 Kerrang! Awards. Q Magazine named them one of the 10 best new acts in the world following their SXSW performance in 2009. PopMatters.com deemed them "a very good attack indeed," while Wonkavisioncalled their record "a short, sharp, up-tempo album awash in catchy melodies and hook-lined choruses that will have you singing along in seconds." In the UK, DJs Zane Lowe and Jo Whiley championed the band, while in the States, they got lots of airplay love from the Faction channel on SiriusXM, and the band's songs received coveted placement on 90210 and in Guitar Hero 5.
Attack! Attack! U.K. hit the road in support of their debut with headlining tours and in high-profile support slots for Funeral For A Friend, Lostprophets and Aiden, as well as performances at both the Reading and Leeds Music Festivals. Every night, the four-piece worked its hardest to prove that it deserved the break it had been given. "Our shows are full of energy and passion," says Starr. "We want people to sweat and have fun, because that's what we do on stage."