Steal This Track from Attic AttackBy Josh Johnson | February 25th, 2013 | No Comments »
Dig yourselves out of the snow, music bandits, and steal some Americana pop from Attic Attack.
In 1991, when REM released “Losing My Religion,” a heady song built around a mandolin riff, the Americana sound was foreign to many listeners. This was the time of Michael Jackson, Paula Abdul and C+C Music Factory.
Today, with the popularity of Mumford & Sons and other Americana acts (some like Mumford from across the pond), this sound is more familiar. But this new breed is a lot more faithful to the Americana sound than REM was. REM was a college rock band that incorporated Americana elements, for a brief span of their career.
To our ears, this is what Attic Attack does. Incorporating an electric mandolin, this is essentially a college rock band that toys with Americana sounds and style. The music is jangly pop with more substance, and yes, at moments it recalls ’90s REM, in the best of ways. At other times, like the track “Beyoutiful Disaster,” it recalls bands like Spin Doctors, in the worst of ways. But then the band redeems itself with tracks like “Silver Lining,” making this an album way worth checking out.
Here, we offer you “Judge, Jury and Executive,” a standout track from the band’s debut album “Cloud, Clarity and the Color Red,” available on Bandcamp for $5. Attic Attack will host an album release show in the Moon Room at Summit Music Hall on March 16.
Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live.
If you’re a band or musician ready to expose your fresh sounds to the readers of Reverb, email your tracks — along with any interesting facts about them, as well as a photo or album art — to Steal This Track for consideration.
Josh Johnson is a Denver freelance writer and Reverb contributor. He is also a co-host/co-producer of the Denver podcast Denver Diatribe.