Mon, 01 Jul 2013 10:22:18
A lot of people may not get Attila, and that's their problem.
Attila put the party back in rock 'n' roll. Instead of simply whining about the same problems that every other young "heavy" band laments song after song, these Atlanta madmen encourage everybody within earshot to have a good time. It's about raising your hands, cutting loose, throwing a few back, and living that old school ideal of a true heavy metal party. There's not enough of that. Thank God for Attila...
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Fronz of Attila tells us why it's okay to party and talks his band's new album About That Life.
Did you have one vision or vibe in mind for About That Life?
It was about having fun. We wanted the whole feel of the album to be badass. The whole idea of Attila is to write heavy music that's fun. You said it exactly how we try to make it. You hit the nail on the head. It's rare that people actually get it. That's literally our main goal. We love heavy music. We like to create really heavy music, but we don't feel it should be dark or depressing. It shouldn't have to be preachy. It should be fun. It's rock 'n' roll. Some people just listen to it and tear us apart because they don't give the music a chance or see what it really is.
The fans get it though. They come to party.
People come to shows to have a good time. Compared to other fans in the scene, our fans are a totally breed of their own. People come to our shows pre-gaming with a cooler full of beer and liquor trying to have fun. They come into the gigs already toasty and having a good time. That's as badass as it gets. Nowadays, a lot of people have such different visions of what metal, hardcore, and heavy music should be. I still think it's just a big party. Have a good time.
What does the title mean?
We're About That Life. Saying That Life, it means we're about what we sing about. We like to party. We like to have a good time. We're about it. We wouldn't write about it, if we weren't about it. It's a way to describe our attitude. It means we're about what we are singing about.
What's the story behind "Middle Fingers Up"?
It's our intro track, and it sets the pace for the album and establishes the vibe. To me, it means don't let anybody put you down, don't give in to anybody's bullshit, do whatever you want, don't give in to peer pressure, and you can do anything you choose to do. If people tell you otherwise, keep your middle fingers up, and just do you. Don't do what other people tell you to. It's how we approach music. If we were ever told to write a certain way or be like this, we would put our middle fingers up. That approach has helped us a lot. I think people can apply that to other things in life. If you have a passion in life, you should pursue it no matter what. If someone tells you that you shouldn't, that's fucked up. Just flip them off.
The rapping is cool.
That's something new with this album. We've always had a rap influence, and I've dabbled in it, but we haven't gone as hard with the rap as we did on this album.
There's a Limp Bizkit homage.
I love Limp Bizkit, and I'll listen to them now. When we started the band though, we were Southern-influenced metal like Pantera, but a bit more Southern. I had a lot of hardcore influences as well. We started to discover our sound as time went on. I started listening to rap a lot more. Being that were from Atlanta and growing up there, the rap influence is there whether you accept it or not. We just happened to accept it. We love rap. There are so many rap radio stations and such a rap atmosphere in Atlanta. Rather than trying to stray away from it or be against it, we embraced it.
Where did "The New Kings" come from?
That song has more meaning than any song we've done in the past few years. I don't want to drop names, but there were bands in the past who completely shut us down. All we wanted was a chance. Three or four years ago when we first started touring heavily, landing a good tour was the best thing that could happen. You'd do anything to try and get on these great bills. We'd bust our asses to try to get an opening spot. There were bands who would shit on us. They wouldn't just say "no", they would go on to say they would never bring us on tour ever. Now, fast forward three years, those same bands are begging to open tours for us. It's like, "What the fuck?" We didn't do anything wrong in the first place to not deserve respect. All we wanted was a chance to play music and do what we love. People would shut us down. Now, it's like, "We love Attila and want to tour with them". That song says, "I don't forget the past".
What rappers inspire you?
We like a lot of Odd Future—MellowHype especially. I love A$AP Rocky and Kendrick Lamar. We're all big Waka Flocka Flame fans. Naturally, we all love Lil' Jon and Atlanta rappers like 2 Chainz and whatnot. Atlanta rap rules. Between Ludacris and Lil Jon, there has always been a big rap presence and rap atmosphere. It sucked us in.
If you were to compare the album to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
That's a good question! I'm trying to think of a really badass movie. I guess Superbad or Pineapple Express. The vibes are fun. There's a party atmosphere.
What's your favorite Attila song?