Ireland’s Attack the Day Releases Second EP @_AttackTheDay

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It’s been nearly a year since Irish rockers Attack The Day released their debut EP “Shadows,” and it’s easy to see how they’ve grown as a band.

Their first album cut a groove in the post-rock/metal scene, but now these young men are more focused and prepared than ever as their new EP, “Felons,” was released recently.

Attack The Day is a hard-rocking alternative metal/rock band based in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Band members are Daithi Murphy on vocals, Mark Cadden on lead guitar, Ciaran Fitzpatrick on bass and Shane McGovern on drums. Rhythm guitarist Donavan McBrien left the band in February.

ATD’s first EP, “Shadows,” shows heavy hard rock, metal and grunge undertones.  The title track boasts a super low slung bass line, machine-gunning guitars and big drums. “This is How It Ends” starts with the throbbing bass line and adds rhythmic guitars and a brighter melody. Daithi’s vocals blend well over the instrumentation.

Having chatted at various times on Twitter with Daithi and other band members, I wanted to learn more about the band and their music, and with a new EP dropping, now was the perfect time for a long talk.

Who all have I got for the conversation today?

Daithi and Mark (the better half of ATD)

How did you start?

Mark: We have been a band now for almost four years now! We started back in … I can’t remember if it was May of 2012 or it was during the summer time of 2012. But it all started with me (Mark) and Shane our drummer back when we were still in secondary school.

He kept asking me to be in a band and I kept saying no for ages and then eventually I gave in and started it. From there we got our old guitarist Donavan who was in the same school as us and we all began to jam together. After struggling for a few months to find new members we eventually found our bass player Ciaran who would also be our first vocalist too.

We gigged for ages and then we slowly started to realise that with Ciaran playing bass and singing at the same time, it was limiting us with sing writing, so we all decided to try to look for a new singer.

Our old guitarist Donavan knew this girl from when he was younger and he randomly messaged her on Facebook just for “the great maybe” she would know someone and sure enough she knew Daithi (who is from a county over from us) who would go on to be our vocalist.

Now I understand Daithi joined just as you were recording “Shadows,”  the first EP — what was it like to just be thrown right into the thick of it?

Daithi: Definitely very exciting, but also nerve-wracking — being relatively new to the role of a vocalist, I did not want to let the boys down. The recording process was a brand new experience for me, and I found it to be a challenge to nail the songs completely and quickly. I lacked the experience and knowledge I have now but it was definitely a stepping stone in me fully understanding how to use my voice.

The first EP was more heavy, dark, grungy even … What will we hear from the new one?

Mark: Our new EP “Felons” has a few different sounds in there! It has its poppy moments and it has its heavy moments too, along with one instrumental track that is slightly almost like a throwback to our first EP “Shadows.”

We have incorporated a few different styles and influences this time with touching upon genres like jazz, funk, groove metal, metalcore, a wee bit of reggae and ska along with our more up and front main focus sound, post hardcore/alternative metal.

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What’s the meaning behind the EP title, “Felons?”

Daithi: Basically, “Felons” refers to feeling oppressed and ignored by everyone, therefore, we fought back. We’re a band, not criminals, so cut us some slack and give us a chance.

Do you song write as a group? What’s the best process for you as a band?

Daithi: Generally, a song will begin as a thought in Mark’s brain. Then he will demo it and tinker with it, and then show it to us. I would write a draft of lyrics and then show it, to see if they seem perfect or if they need better phrasing or replaced with help from the boys. Time and time again we break our songs down, and put them back together. We take no half-measures in our approach; we want these songs to be as best as possible!

That’s a great way to do it. How often do you get together to practice and write?

Mark: In all honesty we don’t really practice that much but it’s probably mostly because we have been playing the same set now and songs for so long we just sort don’t need to as much anymore. But when we have a new EP we are working on once the songs are all demo’d that’s when we usually start practicing every weekend to get all the songs nailed down!

Song writing can vary for me, I have sort of noticed that once I write an EP and it’s recorded I go through a dry spell of not being able to write anything for a while. Then just all of a sudden loads of ideas just start coming one after the other until I have enough to pick and choose ones are worth improving on and making possible EP tracks and the ones to just forget.

With this new EP, what did you learn to do differently from the first one? Was it easier?

Daithi: The recording process was certainly a lot quicker this time around, we were extremely well-rehearsed; especially me. I focused on using my diaphragm to add more power to the vocals, as well as utilising a few screams here and there. We made good use of gang vocals, something we were lacking from the last release.

That’s great. Songs benefit more I think when you have strong support vocals too. Where did you record the EP and how long did it take?

Mark: We recorded our EP with Steve Rafferty at Outland Studios just outside Omagh. This time around it only took three days! We were expecting to have to do four days, but we managed to somehow get ahead of schedule.

How long was it for the first one? Were you better prepared this time?

Daithi: Our first EP, “Shadows,” took us about five or six days to record. We were certainly better prepared, we grinded it out and practiced the songs until we were certain that we were capable of executing them perfectly in studio.

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Now I know you are down a guitarist … are you looking to add one or go on as you are as a unit of four?

 Mark: Yeah we are defiantly looking to add another member because a lot of lead stuff, apart from solos, has to get dropped live. But for now, we are pushing forward as a four-piece and auditioning some guitarists too to hopefully find that new fifth member!

Hopefully you’ll find that missing part soon. How often do you play live? Do you have many shows coming up soon?

You can find Attack The Day on Twitter at @AttackTheDay, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/attackthedayband , on iTunes, and on Instagram at AttackTheDayBand.

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