Thursday, June 23, 2011

Review: Attack Attack UK “The Latest Fashion”

Modern hard rock
Welsh rock quartet Attack! Attack! U.K. will be releasing their new album, “The Latest Fashion,” in the U.S. via Rock Ridge Music on June 21. Attack! Attack! UK delivers blistering modern rock tunes that seem engineered to sear themselves right into your brain. “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) and follows the band’s 2008 self-titled debut.

The eleven tunes gracing “The Latest Fashion” are not only qualified rockers that will test the limits of your speakers, but they bare the stamp of a thinking man’s rock band. The lyrics are of exceptional quality and touch upon subjects ranging from parenthood to the psychology of fads. While the hooks could be sharper and more consistent from song to song, the record is a worthy listen from start to finish just to hear these words float on the soaring melodies.

One of my favorite tracks from the record is “Blood on my Hands”, which was inspired by fatherhood (video below). In the band’s words, “It’s about responsibility and living up to your obligations…Consider it a reminder that people count on you.” “My Shoes” is even more melodic, with captivating chord changes and pounding riffs that will inspire you to play along on air guitar. “Nemesis” is a rousing arena-ready anthem that features a chilling twist in the lyrics about who our worst enemy can be. The album just seems to get better and better as it progresses, with one of the most radio-friendly rockers in “Best Mistake”.

The band will begin its first official tour of the US to support “The Latest Fashion” (they have performed in the States only once to date, at SXSW in 2009). Watch out for them, especially if you like Hoobastank, Taking Back Sunday, or Rise Against.

iPOD-worthy: 2, 3, 4, 7, 8

Attack! Attack! UKOfficial site.

Check out the video for “Blood On My Hands”