Attack Attack! (US)
Someday Came Suddenly


3.5
great

Review

by Comatorium. USER (42 Reviews)
June 27th, 2009 | 33 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Attack Attack! Where you at?! Oh. Warped Tour? Shocker.

Background Information

Attack Attack! is a self-proclaimed "synth-core" band from Columbus, Ohio. At this point, the readers may say to themselves "This is another scene gimmick that wont last and is just plain bad." But that's only one third right. While yes, it is a gimmick, and one increasing in numbers across the map, I do believe that if done right, it will be here for a while. And lastly, this album isn't terrible. In fact, and quite surprisingly, its decent. By playing a rather run of the mill brand of post-hardcore and infusing it with synthesizers and vocoders, Attack Attack! have put out a finished product that lacks focus, but is filled with enough fun moments to hold the listener's attention.

Album Overview

While it is true that the music itself is nothing new, the band is certainly capable of playing it well. On the more enjoyable tracks like Stick Stickly, The People's Elbow, and Dr. Sharvargo Pt. 3, AA show that they are more than able to craft a nice, catchy, hard-hitting song. The thing is that not all the songs are like this. Most are simply there, and while passable bring nothing noteworthy to the table. And some will just make you shudder with the cliched lyrics and erratic song structures. The track from which the album takes it's title, "Bro, Ashley's Here" is a prime example, along with other misguided attempts like "What Happens If I Can't Check My MySpace When We Get There? I'll touch on these tracks later, but a brief description of the music itself is in order.

Musical Analysis

Again, this is nothing you haven't heard elsewhere. Its chug chug guitars during breakdowns, and at other times they do have some nice riffs going for them, but are oftentimes overpowered by the synthesizers. That's not necessarily a bad thing though, as the synths are varied and add ambience to some songs, especially to moments like the first breakdown on Stick Stickly. The drumming is amazingly average and brings nothing new to the table. You have literally heard all of these beats before. The bass is completely inaudible. The best thing the sound has going for it though are the vocals. The clean singing is often recorded using a vocoder, creating the spacey, vaguely robotic tone fans of Hellogoodbye should be well acquainted with. The screaming is where they really shine. The screams might be tweaked in the studio, and probably are, but whatever was done to them worked. They are throaty, loud, and raw. Everything a scream should be. Austin Carlile might not be Frank Mullen. But he's good.

Good Tunes

When Attack Attack! makes a good song, they make it damn good. Stick Stickly is the prime example of this. It starts out with a good scream to let you know that AA isn't another pussy synth band. The aforementioned chugging comes in for an early breakdown, supported by synth, and from there goes into a vocoded chorus, that is layered with screams and synths. The lyrics are good enough, if noticeably generic. The People's Elbow is the sole track that makes perfect use of synths, and is a definite highlight. Oddly enough it opens with a breakdown as well. The drumming here is about as good as it gets, with a couple solid fills. The thing that carries this track is the synths though. On this album, Dr. Sharvargo is on its third run, and definitely best, again led by synths and interesting drumming. This is one of the faster songs with dual vocals going and endless synth loops.

Bad Tunes

Sadly, for every Stick Stickly, there's a Bro, Ashley's Here. Monotonous synths, overly tweaked vocals, and weak breakdowns is what this song is all about. The chorus is a winner too, featuring such hypocrisies as "You don't have to be something you're not." Thanks Attack Attack!, but check out your music videos and tell me how unique you are.

Conclusion

This is by no means a bad record, and given the other options available in this vein of music (Breathe Carolina, Enter Shikari) this is a good album. I hope to see this band progress and make a new full length with songs modeled after the tracks I mentioned. With a little more focus, and perhaps a year or two of experience, Attack Attack! might just be the next big thing.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Comatorium.
June 28th 2009


4173 Comments


Not too sure about this one... felt like I didn't say enough, but said too much as the same time. Before you neg, gimme some pointers, I'll work on it.

Digging: Kayo Dot - Coffins On Io

McP3000
June 28th 2009


3941 Comments


why is this rated above a 1

cirq
June 28th 2009


9264 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Maybe cuz this isn't awful?

IndieOut
June 28th 2009


498 Comments


I don't like your reveiwing style. Bro Ashleys Here is a hilariously bad song though. I'm glad that was your epitomy bad moment of the album. I like this band though. Guilty pleasure

botb
June 28th 2009


9718 Comments


this band is so lol. the only thing saving this from being a 1 is a couple of genuinely fun breakdowns.

XXXpickemgenius
June 28th 2009


139 Comments


"why is this rated above a 1"


says the guy who clearly has this rated as a 1.

:roll:

botb
June 28th 2009


9718 Comments


uhhh no offense or anything... but uh.... this is a band that is clearly set on following every "in" trend around right now. and its to the point where its just annoying. this is so bad.

FailureOnMyLips
June 28th 2009


75 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

pretty good for a band/album of this genre. maybe in an album or two they can bring credibility to a new music form currently stuck in the shitter.

po0ty
June 28th 2009


489 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Their new singer sucks monkey balls. Watch their music video for Stick Stickly, it's hilariously bad.."crab-core" as some people like to call it

FailureOnMyLips
June 28th 2009


75 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I See Stars fucking owns this.

sspedding
June 28th 2009


4773 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This album is shit.

O ye. Review doesn't do it for me with seperate sections. They should be put together into a continuous piece in my opinion. You don't really see that overly generic music should be considered bad.

gasmaskman
June 28th 2009


1006 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2m4NC6rPGP8

breakdown produces many "lulz"

Phantom
June 28th 2009


8930 Comments


lolol crab people

Fxxkit13
June 28th 2009


1559 Comments


i like this band and even i think the video is laughable. What is that crap?

marksellsuswallets
June 28th 2009


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

They look like idiots in that video. I really can't stand this band at all tbh.

Also, the guys screams are really just not good at all. And man I am so sick of that inane "running in place during a breakdown" move...that needs to stop.

Turtlelephant
June 28th 2009


168 Comments


that video was a fucking .gif making machine
i loved that video based on pure comedic value

Fxxkit13
June 28th 2009


1559 Comments


haha .gif making machine

Comatorium.
June 28th 2009


4173 Comments


Ok, so the part based format isnt well liked. Note taken. Other than that, anything to say about the review?

sspedding
June 28th 2009


4773 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

video is hilarious.

Phantom
June 28th 2009


8930 Comments


oh shit, that techno part of the end of the song made me cry laughing.

Band is awful and I'm 95% certain that every other song on the album is exactly the same as that video without even listening to it.



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