ATTRITION was born in Coventry at the end of 1980… originally a post punk guitar/bass/drum line up it soon transformed into a more and more electronic band… and then later still took on classical influences in violas/cellos/violins… creating music from dark rhythmic electronic/industrial songs to more atmospheric soundtracks… we have released something like 30 albums to date and toured all over the world.
How did you all meet?
“I had started a music fanzine, “Alternative Sounds” here in Coventry…it ran for 18 issues between 1979 – 1981 and we all met through that really… Started experimenting with music ideas in 1980 and had our first gig on December 8th that year”.
Who were your musical influences growing up?
“When I was a young teenager I was into Bowie and Roxy Music / T Rex/ Cockney Rebel…and then got into The Doors and Velvet Underground etc… but it was Punk in the late 70s that inspired me totally and got me into making my own music… by the time we started we’d been influenced musically by the post-punk sound of bands like Joy Division/Magazine/PIL/Cabaret Voltaire… it was such a good music scene in the UK back then!”
What made you want to be in a band?
“Hearing, and seeing the Sex Pistols in 1977”
What has been your best gig?
“Hard to say as there have been so many in over 40 years… the biggest shows are not always the best… we’ve had so many adventures all over the world… the whole journey of being in a band… the creativity, the travel, meeting people…. That is all the best thing!”
Can you tell us a bit about your music?
“We are always working on something new… the long awaited new album, “The Black Maria” will be with us by the end of this year… we released a single from it last year… “The Alibi” and I used my newly learned lockdown period skills in making my first video production for it… you can see it on our youtube channel… https://youtu.be/u-yAqSkzybE and in the meantime we are pleased to have a Vinyl and digital collection of music from our mid period, mostly never on vinyl before… “A Great Desire (1986 – 2004) Is out now on Los Angeles label Sleepers records. You can listen here! https://attritionuk.bandcamp.com/album/a-great-desire-1986-2004”
Describe your music in 3 words.
“Dark industrial journey”
What makes your band stand out from others?
“I think we have our own unique sound… sometimes that doesn’t help people get into the band as it doesn’t fit easily into pigeon holes… I like It that way!”
What are your plans for the rest of 2022?
“We are pleased to be back playing shows again after covid… we did lose a lot of shows and tours in 2020 so it great to be back…we have played 4 shows since the end of last year, all in the UK, and are planning more and further afield… looking at playing that South American tour that was postponed in 2020. We also have the new album to finish… and I am also always busy here in my studio, The Cage, producing and mastering other bands”.
If your band had to be remembered for one thing apart from your music what would you want it to be?
“I have met two women called “Harmony”, named after our most well know song, “A Gorl called Harmony”… their parents named them after my song… that always makes me smile… best review ever… https://attritionuk.bandcamp.com/track/a-girl-called-harmony-7”
Any gig’s coming up?
“Yes we have some confirmed and more incoming… so far.. Raising Steam Festival, Bromsgrove on May 20th and we are special guests for French electronics legend Richard Pinhas here at “Just Dropped In” in Coventry on November 19th… Do check out our websites for more info!”
By Siân Parker