Shared vision helps group fuse punk, classic rock
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Never underestimate the power of small-town boredom.
It was the ennui of Welland, Ont., that brought Daniel and Ian Romano, Spencer Burton and Ian Kehoe together to form the thrashy alt-rock four piece Attack In Black. The CASBY Award-winning band for favourite new artist and favourite new indie release responded to what they perceived as a banal life in the Golden Horseshoe town with a fusion of classic rock tuneage and punk, which they eventually recorded on their first full-length release Marriage. The album earned the group tours with mainstream alt-rock radio regulars like Alexisonfire, Billy Talent, and Cancer Bats, and a chance for the Romano brothers to help out on Dallas Green’s latest City And Colour project.
But the band isn’t at all grateful to their fellow screamo stalwarts, denying up and down that Canada’s current rock media darlings gave them a helping hand, even though they opened up for several of them.
“Not at all,” guitarist Dan Romano said when asked if the band’s success is owed in part to higher-profile rockers. “We got bored in Welland. We decided to play music because there’s not much else going on down there.”
Maybe they got bored with their sound as well. Attack In Black’s latest work, The Curve Of The Earth, leans toward a more acoustic feel than the fare it’s currently known for in its still young repertoire. But Romano maintains the transition was easy, saying that all members of the group share the same creative vision.
“We’re all super close,” said Romano. “We’re together all the time and we’re all on the same page. It’s nice.”
One route they will not take is the establishment rock route. The indie-label signed rockers claim such action, and Romano points to playing the Warped Tour as a possible example, would hurt their credibility with the fans.
“Absolutely not,” said Romano. “We’d definitely lose cred if we played something like Warped Tour. It’s everything we hate about music. It’s just like corporate shit music.”