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!”

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Attica Rage announce UK tour & new single

Attica Rage UK Tour 2013 posterAttica Rage have announced a series of UK headline shows taking place later this year, in support of new album 88MPH.  The band will play 9 dates in September across Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, including return visits to London, Manchester, Birmingham and Ballymena in Co. Antrim; first time visits to Kendal, Sutton-in-Ashfield and Cardiff and a special homecoming show in Glasgow.  Guest supports will be some of the finest up n’ coming new rock & metal bands from each location, including Fantasist, Estrella, Dakesis, Captain Horizon, The Goddamn Electric and many more.

Attica Rage kick-start the tour at the Cambridge Rock Festival on Sunday 4 August, opening the main stage for The Animals and Magnum.  Other summer events include headlining the Alba West Custom and Classic Bike Show in Stevenston, Ayrshire on 29 June and a special Attica fans’ birthday party at the Eccies Club in Helsby, Cheshire on 6 July.

ATTICA RAGE – 88MPH UK TOUR 2013

Sun 4 Aug – Cambridge Rock Festival
Thu 5 Sep – Kendal Bootleggers Bar
Fri 6 Sep – London Mother Live
Sat 7 Sep – Manchester Satans Hollow
Sun 8 Sep – Sutton-in-Ashfield The Diamond
Thu 12 Sep – Birmingham Roadhouse
Fri 13 Sep – Cardiff Bogiez
Sat 14 Sep – Redhill Hell Fire Club
Sat 28 Sep – Glasgow Classic Grand
(date tbc) – Ballymena Diamond Rock Club

Tickets are on sale now for all tour dates –  visit the Attica Rage website Tour page.

Cambridge Rock Festival 2013 posterAttica Rage also release a new double-track single ‘LONG RIDE HOME’ from 88MPH via Off Yer Rocka on Monday 8th July 2013, available to download from iTunes and all major music stores.  The second track is a previously-unreleased live version of ‘ROAD DOG FOREVER’ and a live video will accompany the release.  A promotional video from album producer roddymacaudio, showing the studio recording of ‘Long Ride Home’, will also be posted online.  Both videos will be available to watch on YouTube. 

Those two songs together tell two sides of the same story” explains singer Jonny Parr. “Where Road Dog Forever is an all-out celebration of life on the road and devotion to the rock ‘n roll lifestyle, Long Ride Home is the anti-thesis – it’s the harder part of being away from home, missing loved-ones and ultimately dealing with the choices that have been made along the way.”

New album 88MPH was released worldwide with an official launch at Hard Rock Hell VI last year and has been welcomed by fans with positive reviews amongst the rock press.  ‘Long Ride Home’ is the third single to be released from 88MPH – ‘Killer Carousel’ was available as a free download during the album launch and follow-up single ‘Beyond Forever’ was released in March.

New Attica Rage album, merchandise and DVD out now!

AtticaRage-88MPH-cover-copyNew Attica Rage album 88MPH was successfully launched on 1st December with a trio of live shows – kicking off first with a fired-up, full-throttle showcase at Hard Rock Hell VI festival in Pwllheli, North Wales (complete with firebreathers & stage performers!) – then the following weekend with two headline shows in Glasgow and London. The 10-track album is now on sale and available in CD digipak and mp3 download formats in HMV shops across UK and online at iTunes, HMV.com, Play.com, Amazon and others. The digital download version contains bonus track ‘Dark City’, a re-recording of the lead track originally on debut album Ruin Nation.  The CD can also be ordered direct from the band at www.atticarage.com/shop for £10.00 GBP + shipping.

Check out the DIY video for Killer Carousel from 88MPH on the Attica Rage YouTube Channel.

Attica Rage live at Hard Rock Hell VI (photo: Sean Larkin)

Along with the new album, there is a full range of new Attica Rage merchandsise available including t-shirts, skinny-fit t-shirts, womens vests, zip hoodies, beanies & baseball caps – check out the official store here.

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Attica Rage have also released 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 presents the full album performed live in Glasgow with special guests during the 2011 Road Dog tour and 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. The DVD is on sale now exclusively at www.atticarage.com/shop for £15.00 GBP.