ATTENTION THIEVES debut ‘Culture of Fear’, the first single from their forthcoming debut album ‘Year of the Jackal’ – out on May 18th
Berkshire quartet, Attention Thieves, have been away for quite some time and no one seems to know quite what happened?
From promising beginnings – playing festivals such as Reading & Leeds, touring and sharing the stage with such bands as Enter Shikari, Mallory Knox, Deaf Havana and Neck Deep, their last release, 7 track EP, ‘Hard Truths’, received rave reviews and was championed by many radio/TV stations, magazines and press.
How was it then, that the band tipped by many as the next UK rock band to breakthrough, disappeared quietly into the background?
The truth is a week before the release of, ‘Hard Truths’, the band’s label went bust on them and they were promptly dropped by their management, due to the massive campaign debt the label had left them with. Finally and perhaps most importantly, the band had also been dealing with their own demons.
The four piece found the chain of events difficult to deal with, working so hard for so many years to get within spitting distance of their dreams, only for them to spiral away and out of control. To be capable of touring whilst shouldering a slipped disk, singer/guitarist, Alex Green, had become further reliant on self-medication to deal with the pain which resulted in addiction. It all came to a boiling point when he had a heart attack, aged 27, during the recording of their debut album, ‘Year of the Jackal’. A complete lifestyle alteration was needed, and fast… for some member’s it would prove lifesaving.
The new look Attention Thieves completed the album that almost never saw the light of day and it is by a country mile, their strongest material to date. ‘Year of the Jackal’ is a genuine triumph, both musically and subject-matter wise, littered with passion and irresistible hook-laden choruses.
‘Culture of Fear’, debuted exclusively on last night’s BBC Radio 1 Rock Show with Daniel P Carter, speaks for itself and is a fitting reemergence from a band who are back in the ring and ready for the next bout.
WATCH THE LYRIC VIDEO FOR ‘CULTURE OF FEAR’
‘Year of the Jackal’ – Tracklisting:
1) Crooked Teeth
3) Tell Me (What Are You Scared Of)
5) If You’re Not With Us
6) You Never Learn
8) Culture Of Fear
10) The Jackal
11) Actors Cast As Heroes
‘Year Of The Jackal’ is now available for pre-order here: