We caught up with vocalist Neil Starr of tuneful South Wales crew, Attack! Attack!. We chatted about how awesome Wales is, fighting with sweets and why you shouldn’t get them mixed up with the US band of the same name.
How did you meet?
We have all known each other from the South Wales music scene. I got to know Ryan [Day, guitars] really well because he joined my other band Dopamine for about 18months. During that period we started Attack! Attack! together . Mike [Griffiths, drummer] is Ryan’s cousin and used to play with him in his old band, Pete’s Sake. Will [Davies, bass] used to play for Adequate 7. They had just split up around the time that A!A! started, so it all started from there really.
What was it like growing up in South Wales?
It was awesome. Loads of us all lived on an estate and we just used to hang out all the time, playing football and generally causing as much trouble and chaos as we could! Wales is a strange place – well, The Valleys are anyway. You either start a band or you play rugby and beat people up for the hell of it. I am shit at fighting so I only really had one option!
What would you like to attack? (Attack).
A mountain of Haribo sweets! Go to the top of the highest building in the world and jump off it into a never-ending supply of sweets. That would be AMAZING!
Which band would your dream support slot be with?
The Foo Fighters. They are collectively one of our favorite bands. Musically, a tour together would work and it would be a dream to meet Dave Grohl and the rest of the band and an honour to share the same stage as them!
What would you do if you got offered a tour with Attack Attack!?
Haha, that’s a great question! I am not sure our musical styles would really work together that well so I think we would pass on that one. Think of all the confusion that would cause! It would be one hell of a merch display though!
Why can’t you make a video like this?
What the fuck?! That’s terrible! I want those three minutes of my life back!! To answer your question… why the hell would anyone want to make a video like that!?
Watch the video to ‘You And Me’ by Attack! Attack!
You’re part of a cracking show at SXSW with Gallows, Enter Shikari, Rolo Tomassi and Bring Me The Horizon. How do you think you’ll fit into that bill, other than being British?
Like the icing on a cake. We will be the sweet melodies on a hard rocking cake display. Nah, it’ll be great fun I am sure, variety is the spice of life and it’ll make for an interesting day. It’s cool because each band has something different to offer live.
What’s the best show you’ve played?
Our favourite show so far was playing Reading Festival last summer. It’s a festival that we have been to so many times as fans and to actually experience the weekend as a musician playing was unreal! The crowd we had there was fantastic and just played the whole show with beaming smiles on our faces. I still get goosebumps thinking about that day!
What other band should everyone find out about?
If you get chance, check out Save Your Breath from Newport in South Wales. They are super nice guys and have got some crazily good hooks! They are amazing to watch live too!
Tell us a joke.
Why was 6 afraid of 7? Because 7 8 9. It’s a classic.
Attack! Attack! release You And Me on 23 February 2009 via Rock Ridge Music. They are also on tour with Tonight Is Goodbye as well as performing at the South By Southwest festival in Texas, USA. Check out their Myspace for more details.