Happy New Year and welcome to the new official Attica Rage blog!
A new year and a new chapter for the band so we thought it was about time to move on from ye olde blog on our MySpace (remember that?!) and create our own dedicated space on t’internet to share all our latest news direct from Attica HQ with you. In addition to the official news updates, we’ll also be posting random blogs full of rants, insights, opinions, recommendations, tour diaries and other general nonsense and personal contributions from each of the band members on an occasional and irregular basis, as and when we feel like it.
But now……here is the first BIG Attica news headline of 2012!!
ATTICA RAGE CONFIRM NEW BASSIST!
We are pleased to announce and officially welcome Colin Wilson from Bellshill, Lanarkshire as our new bass guitarist. Anyone who attended Attica’s gigs in December in Liverpool and Mansfield have already had a sneak preview of Colin when he was standing in on bass duties for us (if you’re a mailing list subscriber, look out for the new newsletter with bonus video content!).
Jonny: “We’ve known Colin for a few years now when he played with Stitch and Hellatus, so we already had a bond there but after the recent rehearsals and gigs with him, we knew he was the right person for the job. He’s a pro bass player with great backing vocals and harmonies and is also a songwriter but most of all, he brings a fresh energy and enthusiasm to the band.”
Colin: “It’s an honour to be a part of this band – I’ve always been a fan so getting the chance to play the songs I already love with the band is even better. I look forward to meeting all the Clan Attica on tour and working on the new album!”
2011 was a busy year for us and saw the release of our second album ‘Road Dog’ on Rocksector Records, launched with a main-stage showcase at Hammerfest III in Wales. Other festival highlights included Rock For Funds in Glasgow, helping to raise over £4000 for the Yorkhill Children’s Foundation; SOS Fest in Manchester; HRH RoadTrip in Ibiza and most notably opening the Metal Hammer stage to a massive audience turnout at the High Voltage Festival in London, sharing the bill with metal legends Judas Priest, Dream Theater, Slash and Thin Lizzy and others (check out the video diary & live clips here). We followed summer with a 12-date UK headline tour in September including our first visit to Northern Ireland at the amazing Diamond Rock Club in Ballymena and a special Glasgow homecoming show at the Classic Grand where we performed the Road Dog album live in full, accompanied by our buddies and guest musicians Dave Arcari on slide guitar, Christie Connor-Vernal on cello and Steve Lightbody on keyboards. The full set was filmed by Colin Wood Media for a future DVD release (more on that later). It was also very cool to have our mates Praying Mantis come up from London to play a special guest set (and our finale jam of AC/DC’s ‘Shot Down in Flames‘). In November, we unfortunately parted ways with our long-term bassist Big C, who felt he could no longer personally commit to the band with all our plans going forward into the new year and beyond, and so we started our search for a new bassist. We finished 2011 with a short UK tour supporting Die So Fluid (with guest bassist & fellow Coatbridge musician Mark Marshall doing a grand job) and the December headliner in Liverpool and the MetalGods TV christmas bash in Mansfield with Colin Wilson on bass trials!
Richie: “2012 is the start of a new chapter for us and with Colin now in place, we’re all just itching to get stuck in and get the Rage machine rolling again!”
With our line-up now complete, we’re getting back into the rehearsal studio to work on the live sets with Colin and we have also begun writing new material for our next album, with a release scheduled for later this year. We’ll be touring extensively across the UK and Europe throughout the year with dates in Spring currently being booked along with summer festivals – we’ll post them here as soon as they are ready to be announced. First up for us this year is our first visit to Belgium in March to headline the Wizzfest 2012 festival in Aalter on Saturday 24th March, with a warm-up gig at De Veerlichte Geest in Roeselare on Friday 23rd March, supporting 80s British metallers Chariot. Really looking forward to these!
We’ve got lots more news coming very soon so make sure you sign up to the Attica Rage Mailing List to receive monthly email newsletters with latest info and bonus subscriber-only content. And don’t forget to look us up on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AtticaRageOfficial
Here’s a pic of Colin with Richie, Bell & Jonny at the bar at the Intake Club, Mansfield in December (thanks to Sarah Jones for the pic)