Today’s Featured Artist – INTERVIEW – Attrition

Tell Us about:

Your latest single you have released:

“The Alibi” is the second single taken from the upcoming new album, “The Black Maria”…(the first being last years “The Great Derailer”)…. Available on download through our bandcamp site and streaming on all major platforms… I have also made my first video for it.

Your first single and how you felt when it was released:

It was “Monkey in a bin” an anti-vivisection song we released on our own label in early 1984… of course we were so proud… particularly when it made siongle of the week in “Sounds” and John Peel played it on his show…

Your favourite song that you have created that is an album track:

I have released so many over the past 40 years so there are a few, depending on moods… but 1985’s “Fate is Smiling” from the second album_ “Smiling, at the Hypogonder Club” has always stayed with me as a personal favourite…

Your favourite song to play live:

Always the upbeat songs…. Hmmm… either “Mercy machine”(1993) or “Dante’s Kitchen” (2004)…perhaps# Your most emotional track: “A Girl called Harmony” (1991)…or possibly “Two Gods” (2004)… both very much looking at personal relationships…

The best lyric you have ever written:

I would say there are parts of many of my songs where the lyrics work so well for me…. as a whole I’d go back to “Fate is Smiling” as a big part of my love for it is the words….  A statement of intent if you like…. I’m picking fruit From forbidden trees While leaves are falling Autumn’s calling My breath is drawing into me Smile.So stick a needle in my eye Searching Hang the daylight up to dry Looking for the permanent high Goodbye.I know I can be anyone I am the father, lover, son And age is immaterial When every day I wake again Welcome to the dream that you were thinking of Welcome to the world that you were dreaming of Welcome to your execution….  (1985)

Describe the feeling you get when you walk on stage to do a show:

Usually I’m nervous beforehand…. Although that lessons on lomnger tours as I get used to it…. But that fear turns to adrenalin and after the first bars kick in is all forgotten… and I’m back in my own world again…. I love it… and recently I miss it a lot…

The hardest track to play live:

“A Girl called harmony” is our most well known song …but its complex and the feeling is intense and I often find it difficult to get right…I havent played it for some years now… but things tend to come around again…

Essential items you always take on tour with you?

As a long term vegan I always take emergency rations!… that has got me through many a long drive through the wilderness… although… in a lot of countries it’s getting easier all the time… 

Describe your fans in three words:

Lovely people, the ones I have met…. Two of them are girls called “Harmony”… named by their parents after that song….

A song by another artist or band you wish you had written:

I’ve never ever thought of that!! 

What we can look forward to from your band this year:

Well we have the Alibi… and then the new album…. And as it has been our 40th anniversary I’ve been arranging a lot of special things…. New merchandise, reissues of older albums on vinyl… including a collection from the mainly CD era of 1986 – 2004 with tracks for the first time on vinyl – “A Great Desire” … and then from September there are tentative plans to start playing live again…. Our last show was in Tokyo in 2019 and last years tours were all cancelled… so  excited for the return…. So far UK, Europe and South America are on those cards…. Always so much to do…. I still get that feeling of just having started…. And that’s OK with me…

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