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Review: Attack Attack! – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff – 30/01/11

Attack Attack! brought their ‘crablike’ ways to the UK. We sent Steph HTF to check them out in Cardiff. Read what she thought here..

Band: Attack Attack! US
Support: Hopes Die Last and Bury Tomorrow
Venue: Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
Date: 30th January 2011

So, my first time in Wales this year and what a way to kick it off. Cardiff is a beautiful city in my eyes, which has its benefits, one of those being a cracking little venue, Clwb Ifor Bach.

Attack Attack! are a metal hardcore band from Ohio famously known for their wild antics on stage and trademark moves known as ‘Crab core’.

‘Crabcore’ is the position band members make while playing their instruments. It is believed that lowering yourself into a crab like position is supposed to emphasize the rhythm and beat of a breakdown. It is literally the most hilarious thing I have ever seen and I was rather intrigued to witness this live for myself. Tonight I was really hoping for something special.

Unfortunately, I found myself utterly disappointed. Portraying themselves as a bit of a joke in the past seems to have changed their live performances, and although there was a slight bend of the knees at times, nothing to what I had seen on their youtube videos. Utter despair.

Never the less, the band were actually pretty good. Their sound was distinctive and tight with an abundance of breakdowns to lose your mind too. Whacking a bit of techno after a breakdown seems to be pretty in these days, and it looks like these guys do it nicely. The energy from the room was infinite and the smell of sweat and bodily odour soon arrived.

For me the their best track is ‘Stick Stickly’. It was good to see, when they played it as their encore, the rest of the crowd agreed with me. Throughout the song I witnessed fans hurling themselves into the air and literally swinging from bars on the ceiling like apes. I have never seen anything like it! It was as if I was in a zoo!

So all in all, a crazy audience, a sick band and a cheap bar. I feel the night was a definite win.

Reviewer: Steph Knight

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