Attica Rage

Scottish rock band Attica Rage was formed by Ayrshire brothers Jonny Parr and Richie Rage in Glasgow, 2003. Lead guitarist Stevie Bell joined in 2007, with bassist Colin Wilson completing the lineup in 2012. ,
Following an early demo in 2004 and their 2005 'In Concert with the Mirror' EP, the band spent the next two years developing their sound on the local gig circuit, landing supports with British metal icons Saxon, Diamond Head and Blitzkrieg as well as Armored Saint (with former Anthrax vocalist John Bush), Betzefer and bizarrely, two dates with Mark E. Smith & The Fall. ,
In October 2008 they released debut album 'Ruin Nation' on the band's own label, Vanduara Records. The album was recorded and produced by former bass player Big C, mastered by Ace of Skunk Anansie and features artwork designed by Motörhead artist Joe Petagno. Ruin Nation was named 'Album of the Month' in Music News Scotland as well as Metal Hammer magazine, with the track 'Attica Rising' also featuring on a Metal Hammer cover-mount CD. ,
Attica spent most of 2008 and 2009 promoting Ruin Nation with UK headline shows and several festival appearances. These included the Download Festival Boardie BBQ at Donington, headlining Vunkfest in Shetland and two consecutive years at Metalcamp in Slovenia. In 2008 on Stage 2, then opening the Main Stage for metal legends Testament and Blind Guardian a year later. ,
A success story developed with the Hard Rock Hell and Hammerfest events in Prestatyn, Wales. Starting off on the Young Blood stage at Hard Rock Hell II in 2008, then opening Stage 2 at Hammerfest in 2009 and returning to HRH III later that same year (including an infamous gig in a competition winner's chalet). By December of 2009, Attica Rage had signed a management deal with John Davis. 2010 saw the band writing and recording a new album, with live highlights including a UK tour supporting Die Apokalyptischen Reiter; opening for Jorn Lande; the HRH Road Trip Ibiza festival and playing to 1500+ audiences with Main Stage debuts at Hammerfest II and Hard Rock Hell IV. ,
2011 kicked off with a sold-out show at the London Relentless Garage with Australian rockers Grinspoon followed by landing a record deal with Rocksector Records. The deal was signed live on-air on 96.3 Rock Radio (now Real XS) in Glasgow, with DJ Tom Russell present as witness. Second album 'Road Dog' was launched with a live main-stage showcase at Hammerfest III and was officially released on 4 April 2011. Road Dog was produced, engineered and mixed by roddymacaudio in Glasgow, Scotland and mastered by Mike Tucci at Masterdisk, New York, USA (Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Nirvana, Pearl Jam). A more diverse collection than their previous releases, it was given 8/10 by Metal Hammer Magazine. The song 'Through the Inner Eye' was selected as Classic Rock Magazine's Track of the Day; album opener '36 Insane' appeared on a Metal Hammer magazine cover-mount CD and Road Dog was a featured 'Album of the Week' on Total Rock radio. Since the release, it has received excellent reviews and high ratings from the music press, media and fans alike. Road Dog was a short-listed nominee for 'Metal Recording of the Year' and 'Best Album Artwork of the Year' in the Scottish New Music Awards 2011. ,
In the summer of 2011, the band opened the Metal Hammer stage to thousands of fans at the High Voltage Festival in London, sharing the bill with metal legends Judas Priest, Dream Theater, Slash and Thin Lizzy amongst others. This was followed by a 12-date UK headline tour including their first visit to Northern Ireland and a special Glasgow homecoming show where they performed the Road Dog album live in full, accompanied with guest musicians Dave Arcari on slide guitar, Christie Connor-Vernal on cello and Steve Lightbody on keyboards. The full set was filmed for a future DVD release. The show was opened by special guests and NWOBHM pioneers Praying Mantis. ,
In November 2011, Attica Rage parted ways with long-term bassist Big C who decided to leave due to personal commitments. The band completed the year with a short UK tour as special guests to Die So Fluid with stand-in bassist Mark Marshall, followed by a few headline gigs in December with Colin Wilson stepping in. ,
Colin Wilson officially joined Attica Rage as the new bassist in January 2012. Off Yer Rocka Recordings launched Road Dog on a worldwide digital release, complete with two bonus live tracks recorded in Glasgow during the Road Dog UK 2011 tour. The launch was accompanied by a music video for the track 'Ashamed', directed by Colin Wood. In June of this year, Attica Rage performed at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2012 awards pre-show party on board the HMS Hammer along with Shadows Fall, Fozzy, While She Sleeps, Evil Scarecrow plus fans, media and industry as it sailed along the Thames River towards the main awards venue at the 02 Arena in London. This appearance was preceded with various headline shows in England as well as another flying visit to Ibiza for the HRH Road Trip. ,
In August 2012, Attica Rage will headline the Area 81 stage at Europe's loudest biker rally, the Bulldog Bash, before returning to the studio to record their new album, set for a worldwide December release through Off Yer Rocka Recordings.