Attica Rage part ways with bassist Colin Wilson and announce replacement

ATTICA RAGE have announced the departure of bassist Colin Wilson. He is due to become a father for the first time in August and, after much thought and consideration, has taken the decision to leave the band in order to devote time to his wife and family at home.

“It’s a hard, sad decision to make but a necessary one” comments Colin. “I’d like to thank every single one of the fans for their total support over the last 2 years and that’s what makes this decision so difficult. I wish the new guy all the very best, he’s a total pro and deserves the same support you all gave me, I have no doubts yer gonna love him. To ma bro’s Richie, Bell and Jonny, thanks for the good times, I wish you all the very best. Massive thanks to Terri, Fleur, MJ and brother JD. Let the good times roll. It’s not goodbye forever. Just goodbye for now.

Colin joined the band in January 2012, following the departure of original member and bassist Big C in late 2011. Over the last two and half years, Colin contributed to the writing and recording of the band’s latest album 88MPH and has been out on the road with the band for two UK headline tours as well as several festival appearances in UK, Belgium and Ibiza. A highlight during this period was Attica Rage performing at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards pre-show boat party on the Thames River in London.

Front-man Jonny Parr adds, “We totally understand and support his decision – there was never any doubt that his wife, family and new baby should take priority.  We wish them all the best and we’re still mates so we’ll be keeping in touch”

With a busy schedule of festivals, touring and song writing ahead of them, Attica Rage are pleased to announce Matthew Ward from East Kilbride, Lanarkshire as the band’s new bass guitarist.  Previously with Glasgow-based band Komatoze, he joins the long-term Attica Rage line-up of Coatbridge guitarist Stevie Bell and Ayrshire brothers and founding members, drummer Richie Rage and singer/guitarist Jonny Parr. Matthew will make his live debut with the band at the Out of the Ashes 2014 festival on Sunday 13 July in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.

Attica Rage (June 2014)

(photo: Duncan F Hamilton – G Morgen Enterprises)

 

With three critically-acclaimed albums under their belt and having supported and shared festival bills with the likes of Judas Priest, Slash (ex-Guns n Roses), Black Label Society, Down, Anthrax and Saxon amongst many others, Attica Rage are gaining a large following in the UK and Europe for their hard rock and metal sounds. Signed to Off Yer Rocka Recordings, the band are currently putting together a live album planned for release in late summer and have also started writing new material for their next studio album. The band are due to appear at the Out of the Ashes 2014 festival in July (raising funds for Headbangers Balls / Teenage Cancer Trust) as well as the Northwich Music Festival in August, with other summer dates being confirmed, before heading out on the road for a full UK & European headline tour in September and October. Tickets are on sale for all shows and more information can be found on the official website www.atticarage.com.

We hope our fans will welcome Matthew with open arms and loud cheers this summer”, comments Richie. “With the forthcoming live album celebrating the last couple of years and a brand new album in the works with Matthew now on board, it’s the start of another new exciting chapter…..bring it on!! In Rage We Trust!”

Attica Rage on Metal Outlaw TV

Attica Rage feature on the latest episode of Metal Outlaw TV.  The band perform new single ‘Beyond Forever’ live in the studio and are interviewed by ex-Attica bassist Big C.

Also in this episode is a special section dubbed ‘Metal Cuisine’, where Big C and new Attica bassist Colin Wilson offer their unique cookery skills and advice.  Jamie’s 15 minute meals, it aint!

Viewers also have the chance to win a signed copy of the new Attica Rage double-disc DVD movie ‘Road Dog Forever’ (closing date for entries is 14 May)

Watch and enjoy the Attica Rage episode of Metal Outlaw TV here and make sure and subscribe to the channel while you’re there!

Metal Outlaw is produced, filmed & edited by Colin Wood with audio production by roddymacaudio and presented by Big C.

ATTICA RAGE RELEASE BRAND NEW ALBUM ‘88MPH’ PLUS DVD ON 1 DECEMBER 2012

ATTICA RAGE are to release brand new album 88MPH worldwide via OFF YER ROCKA on 1st December 2012, with three live launch parties in Wales, Glasgow and London.

The follow-up to critically-acclaimed second album Road Dog, the new recording was once again produced and mixed by roddymacaudio at Titan Studios West in Glasgow, Scotland and mastered in New York by Michael Tucci at Masterdisk (Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Nirvana, Pearl Jam).  88MPH is a diverse collection of hard-hitting biker rock anthems, grinding blues-infused metal riffs and searing ballads and is the first album recorded with new bassist Colin Wilson. The album also features guest appearances by Lanarkshire-based singer Emma Nailen and Attica fan Marko Duckworth, who landed the task of battering a beer keg with a baseball bat!

88MPH will be officially launched with a full-throttle, live showcase at Hard Rock Hell VI festival in Pwllheli, North Wales on Friday 30 November 2012, sharing the weekend bill with headliners Testament, Sebastian Bach and Buckcherry.  The album launch continues with two headline shows at Glasgow Classic Grand on Friday 7 December (with special guests Afterlife and The Amorettes) and London Nambucca on Sunday 9 December.  Tickets are on sale via Tickets-Scotland and Ticketweb and there are also exclusive VIP ticket packages and merch deals available directly from the official Attica Rage website.

Talking about the album, singer Jonny Parr comments, “We completed 88MPH in six weeks and took the deliberate decision to go for a gutsier, stripped-back sound – this is the purest fans will have heard us on record yet. We’re all very proud of 88MPH and we know the fans are gonna love it!

Attica Rage are also set to release their first ever, long-awaited DVD, ROAD DOG FOREVER – a live concert film and documentary chronicling the making of the Road Dog album. Filmed over a two-year period by director Colin Wood, the feature-length movie gives fans a fly-on-the-wall glimpse into the recording studio, backstage at gigs and festivals, the dressing rooms, the hotels and life on the road, with all the rock n’ roll debauchery and excess along the way.  A second disc of bonus extras includes other live tracks, official promo videos, deleted scenes and more. Released to tie-in with 88MPH, the DVD will be available via the Attica Rage website and is also included in the album launch party ticket deals.

Colin Wilson talks drum n bass on the new Attica Rage album

Monday 3rd September

As I lay on the couch with my cuppa tea and dressing gown on, on a Monday afternoon at 3.30, it should not take a lot to guess that I may be slightly sore from last night’s Scottish New Music Awards show.  A massive congratulations goes to Colin Wood, Dave Ritchie and Tom Russell for picking up their awards.  Well deserved, I think we shall all agree. Also congratulations for all the award winners from last night. A truly great night. Special thank you to all of you who voted for us and made it the night it was.

Now to business. As you all know we have been working our wee backsides to write, record and produce a new album before the year is out. I am pleased to confirm that all bass guitar and drums have now been successfully finished.

We started on Saturday morning. Up bright and early (well some of us) and raring to go. On a breakfast of Lucozade and caramel cups (real biscuit, not your usual sickly, sugary, treacley base) I was most certainly at my usual energetic best, to choruses of grumbles lol. To be honest I don’t think the guys will ever get used to my early-to-rise attitude. We had a tough day on Saturday, which is almost always the case on the first day of recording.  It sucks being bassist and drummer, you always have to go first haha.
I’d love to tell you what we started with but I’m not gonna spoil it for you all. You’re just gonna have to wait and see. Working to a ‘click’ or metronome, is bloody hard. We did however pick up the pace and managed to get about 4 songs done by 8pm. Probably not what you’d consider the most productive of days with regards to the time we have, but none the less, we shall “ keep this train rolling on”. Even if Bell is still sleepin.  Probably has something to do with the mountainous dollops of peanut butter he was slingin on bread.

On to the next day and to look at our “to do” list, I think even the guys will admit, it was a little touch n go. So into a breakfast of McD’s (caught by 1 minute btw and provided by the slept-in Bell as punishment) we set about the remaining songs with a spring in our step. I am also pleased to say, we absolutely nailed them. Richie was on fire right off the block.

It has to be said that one of the problems I’ve always had in the past is how the bass sounds in recording sessions. That was clearly not the case with Roddy. My first time meeting the man responsible for producing Road Dog and I must say, he went above and beyond all my expectations. It helps that he’s a huuuuuge Tool fan, that’s all I’m saying. Great to work with and he has the patience of a saint, certainly with me anyway.

The pressures on now folks, guitars and vocals still to come and then we play the waiting game. Still early days yet but we’re off to a flier. From 2 days of recording I can proudly say I can’t wait for you all to hear the finished result. Nothing holding us back now, the demon snare has been removed. Marko has broken my baseball bat and it’s now time for Jonny and Bell to bring the chunkage.

And last but by certainly no means least. Richie was wearing pyjamas, not lounge pants. There. I’m glad we cleared that up. Till next time

Colin

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Photos by Michael Gallacher (www.twistyfoldy.net), courtesy of www.roddymacaudio.com

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New year, new blog and new bassist!

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)

Attica Rage 2012