Early in a band's career it's not uncommon to lose a member or two. In the case of Attack Attack! it was Ricky Lortz and Nick White. What is unusual is the departure of a founding member who is also the frontman. That happened to the Westerville, OH, band in '08 when Austin Carlile was fired mid-tour due to personal differences.
But before Carlile departed, Attack Attack! issued the EP "If Guns Are Outlawed, Can We Use Swords?" That effort got them signed to Rise Records and led to their debut full-length album, "Someday Came Suddenly." While the album cracked the Top 30 (#25) on the Billboard Indie Chart, it scraped the bottom of the Billboard 200 Album Chart (#193).
With Carlile's replacement, Nick Barham, Attack Attack! contributed to the "Punk Goes Pop 2" compilation with a cover of Katy Perry's "I Kissed A Girl."
But just days before Attack Attack! was to head out on a headlining tour, Barham quit saying, "It was just time for change." The band then selected their keyboardist, Caleb Shomo, to handle lead vocals.
Originally called "Shazam," but changed due to copyright issues, Attack Attack! released their sophomore self-titled album in June, '10. The set sold over 15,000 copies in its first week (about 4 times the first week sales of "Someday Came Suddenly") to land at #26 on the Billboard 200
Band Note: Although Attack Attack! songs contain Christian-based lyrics, they do not consider themselves a Christian band.
2008 Someday Came Suddenly
2010 Attack Attack!
2012 This Means War
When Attack Attack! is Emo Metalcore (or 'crabcore' given their crouched position when they play) there's little to separate them from any one of a dozen bands. Their niche is adding auto-tuned singing, techo influenced breakdowns and keyboard riffs/solos. Sometimes they can sound like a classic 80's synth outfit.
"Someday Came Suddenly" has a hard edge as Carlile pushes to near hysteria. "Stick Stickly," "Party Foul" and "Dr. Shavargo, Pt. 3" are a cut above. "Interlude," a fun cross between the Eurhythmics and cheesy '80s disco, proves they don't take themselves too seriously.
Keyboards, melodic (auto-tuned) vocals and Dance Rock, make "Attack Attack!" jump. They still have the Metalcore, the best song being "AC-130," but most of the time they cut it with another style. "I Swear I'll Change," "Shut Your Mouth," "Fumbles Of O'Brian" and "Turbo Swag" strike a balance between brutal assaults and pop sensibilities. That's been done before but Attack Attack! takes it to a different place.