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Attack Attack!

Attack Attack!
Attack Attack! performing in 2010. From left to right: John Holgado, Caleb Shomo, Andrew Wetzel and Sean Mackowski.
Background information
Origin Columbus, Ohio, United States
Genres Metalcore, post-hardcore, electronica
Years active 2007–2013
Labels Rise
Associated acts Of Mice & Men, Beartooth, The March Ahead, Nativ
Past members Andrew Wetzel
Andrew Whiting
Phil Druyor
Tyler Sapp
Sean Bell/>Ricky Lortz
Nick White
Austin Carlile
Johnny Franck
John Holgado
Nick Barham
Caleb Shomo

Attack Attack! was an American Metalcore band from Westerville, Ohio, United States, formed in 2007 originally as Ambiance, later changing their name. Attack Attack!'s first release, an independent EP titled If Guns Are Outlawed, Can We Use Swords?, was released in 2008, which led to the signing of the band to Rise Records the same year. They then released three full-length albums, Someday Came Suddenly, a self-titled album, and This Means War all through Rise Records. The band left Rise Records in 2012 and were unsigned until their disbandment.[1]


  • History 1
    • 2007-2008: Formation and Someday Came Suddenly 1.1
    • 2009: Carlile's departure and touring 1.2
    • 2010-2011: Self-titled album and Franck's departure 1.3
    • 2011-2012: This Means War and line-up change 1.4
    • 2013: Departure from Rise and final tours 1.5
  • Musical Style 2
  • Legacy 3
  • Band members 4
  • Timeline 5
  • Discography 6
    • Studio albums 6.1
    • EPs 6.2
    • Singles 6.3
    • Music videos 6.4
  • References 7
  • External links 8


2007-2008: Formation and Someday Came Suddenly

Attack Attack! was founded in March 2007 by members Austin Carlile, Ricky Lortz, Andrew Whiting, Nick White, Andrew Wetzel. Several months later, Ricky Lortz announced his departure and was soon replaced by Johnny Franck as the new vocalist and rhythm guitarist and later on Andrew Wetzel confirmed that Nick White was kicked out of the group for shoplifting while the band had to play shows and John Holgado was added on bass.

In 2008, Caleb Shomo joined the band as the keyboardist. In early 2008, they self-released their debut EP titled If Guns Are Outlawed, Can We Use Swords?. Later they signed to Rise Records in June 2008 and released their debut album, Someday Came Suddenly, on the label late that year.[2] Upon the release of Someday Came Suddenly, it peaked on the Billboard Independent Albums chart and number 193 on the Billboard 200,[3] with sales of more than 3,600 in its first week despite its mediocre to overwhelmingly negative reviews.[4]

2009: Carlile's departure and touring

Later, halfway through a tour supporting Music Saves Lives where they met with fans who gained special access to the band by donating blood.[7]

Attack Attack! released a music video for their criticized song "Stick Stickly", and made its premiere on MTV2's Headbangers Ball. Two music videos were created for the song, the other one made (which was recorded before the "official") is usually referred to as the "unofficial video", due to the band having another idea in mind after production for the first video was completed. The "Stick Stickly" video has led to a number of criticisms, including lengthy pieces by Buddyhead and the British newspaper The Guardian.[8][9] The band also has a "live" video for the song "Dr. Shavargo Pt. 3".[10]

On October 19, 2009, lead vocalist Nick Barham announced his departure from Attack Attack! just two days short of their headliner tour, he stated in his blog on MySpace that "It was just time for change," and that there was no conflict between him and the other band members.[11] The band then made the decision of Caleb Shomo to be moved as the band's primary vocalist but still remaining at his place as the keyboardist as well.[12]

Near the end of 2009, Attack Attack! toured with I Set My Friends On Fire, Miss May I, Our Last Night, and The Color Morale as part of the "Shred Til You're Dead" tour. Attack Attack! started playing "Sexual Man Chocolate", which was the first song leaked from their self-titled album.

2010-2011: Self-titled album and Franck's departure

Attack Attack! performing with Barham as a part of the band at 2009's Bamboozle festival held in New Jersey.

Attack Attack! headlined the 2010 Artery Across the Nation Tour with support from Asking Alexandria, I See Stars, Breathe Carolina and Bury Tomorrow in early 2010. The self-titled album was released on June 8, 2010. The working title for it was intended to be "Shazam!", but was changed due to copyright issues. The group performed on the Altec Lansing Stage during Warped Tour 2010 for the entire tour. They headlined the This Is a Family Tour in November 2010.[13]

On November 10, 2011 Johnny Franck announced he had departed from the band to focus on his relationship with God.[14] He has started a new project called The March Ahead.[15][16] With this news also came a clip of a new song featuring Caleb Shomo doing both clean, and unclean vocals.[17] Sean Mackowski of My Ticket Home started touring with the band, singing the clean parts of songs from the first two albums and playing guitar. The music video for "Smokahontas" was released on January 21, 2011 and was directed by Thunder Down Country films.[18] The music video featured Johnny Franck as guitar and clean vocals and Caleb Shomo doing unclean vocals.[19] Attack Attack! performed on the main stage at the 2011 Vans Warped Tour.

The band announced that they are set to re-issue their self-titled album on July 19, 2011 with additional tracks. A new track entitled "Last Breath" was released on June 7, 2011, to promote the album's re-issue. It is the first song by the band to feature Caleb Shomo on both clean and screamed vocals, and was produced by John Feldmann.

2011-2012: This Means War and line-up change

On November 14, 2011 it was announced that the band's third full-length, This Means War would be released on January 17, 2012. The entire album was produced by Caleb Shomo at his home studio.[20] Along with this news, they also posted dates for the "This Means War Tour" with supporting acts from The Ghost Inside, Sleeping with Sirens, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, and Dream On, Dreamer. More news and the album artwork was released in the Hot Topic website "News."[21] On December 13, 2011, they premiered a song from the album entitled "The Motivation". 30 seconds of the whole track list were released on and pre-orders were also opened in many stores. On January 12, 2012. the band debuted the music video for the first single off the album, "The Wretched".[22] On July 1, they released a music video for This Means War's third single, "The Revolution".

The band announced in 2012 their departure from Rise Records, simultaneous with an announcement that they have completed ten songs, produced by John Feldmann, for another album, although Wetzel said on his formspring "they're somewhere in Feldmann's hard drive" for they "would be too much work legally to get them released" The band stated that they "don’t have another record label or anything lined up and [are] probably not planning on going to another one.", also that Wetzel "has [his] own label now [Oxide Entertainment] and will probably just use that"[23] The band headlined the This World Is Ours Tour with Escape The Fate and The Word Alive, but had to reschedule the South American This World Is Ours Tour as their drummer Andrew Wetzel was suffering from pneumonia. The band had also co-headlined the Scream It Like You Mean It tour in 2012.

Sean Mackowski, Caleb Shomo, and John Holgado all left the band on October 30, 2012.

In December 2012, John Holgado announced on Instagram that he would be selling his bass guitars, and is leaving Attack Attack! due to depression and anxiety issues and stated that he left on good terms. Caleb Shomo tweeted about John's departure "What a crazy day. Real proud of John and his bravery. Love that man, been my best friend since I was 14." Shortly after John left he deactivated his Instagram and Twitter account.

On December 18, 2012, Caleb Shomo officially announced his departure from Attack Attack!, along with confirming the new vocalist of the band to be Phil Druyor of I Am Abomination.[24] In an interview Caleb announced that he had "technically" left Attack Attack! in July 2012 with Sean Mackowski confirming that "they had all quit in [July 2012]" and that they stuck around because they "already had the shows booked and didn't want to cancel them".

On December 19, 2012, the band released a new song titled "No Defeat" through Alternative Press which song features the brand new line-up and was the first song to feature Phil Druyor on vocals and Tyler Sapp on bass.[25] After which they recorded an entirely new album with Nick Sampson.

2013: Departure from Rise and final tours

In early 2013, Attack Attack! starting touring in Europe again with the new members. Phil Druyor made the decision to not scream live during this tour. On April 22, 2013, Attack Attack! said that the Back in Action tour is going to be their last tour and the band would be "[laid] to rest" .[26] Former members announced they were would be featured at some Attack Attack! shows in the "Back In Action Tour" as a farewell to fans such as on April 24, 2013 when Caleb Shomo did, and on May 2 when Johnny Franck announced he would be playing with the band on their last show of the tour at Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh.

Drummer Andrew Wetzel confirmed on his Formspring that In Fear and Faith guitarist Sean Bell has left In Fear and Faith to become an official final member of Attack Attack! as well as a member of the new band that is being formed.[27] Sean Mackowski of Truslow, Jeremy Gilmore of SycAmour, and Brandon Mullins of Beartooth made guest performances for the last show along with Shomo and Franck.

Musical Style

Attack Attack! have been described as metalcore,[28] screamo[28][29] and post-hardcore[8] combined with electronica influences.[30] The band have also been jokingly referred to as part of the fake genre "crabcore." Songs usually have (but are not limited to) synth breakdowns, keyboard solos, and minor key tonality.


A few members of Attack Attack! are still active to this day, with Carlile being in Of Mice and Men, Shomo in Beartooth, Franck in The March Ahead. The final lineup of Attack Attack! had formed a new band, Nativ. Andrew Wetzel confirmed that the last lineup of Attack Attack! will stay together and stated, "the album that was going to be Attack Attack!'s final untitled album will be released through his and Whitings' new band." Nativ's band-members consisted of Phil Druyor, Andrew Wetzel, Andrew Whiting, Tyler Sapp, and William Honto. However, the band is no longer active.

On November 13, 2013, Nativ was delayed due to a physical altercation between Andrew Wetzel and Andrew Whiting leading to a legal battle.[31] Later that day, member Phil Dryour explained on Facebook that Wetzel and Whiting have made efforts to stop Nativ being active at all, but that Phil and William Honto try to continue the band along with Honto's brother Mike, because apparently bassist Sapp quit as well. Legal action against the musical progress of Nativ that Wetzel and Whiting initiated unfortunately seemed to have been successful due to Nativ taking down all recent posts, and photos recently on Facebook with absolutely no word from Phil Druyor or other members on the status of the activeness of the band.

In 2014, drummer Andrew Wetzel stated on his Instagram that Nativ is no more.

On July 11, 2014 Phil Druyor announced his new band The Bad Chapter and releasing the band's first single, "Deal With the Devil" for free download. The band is composed of Phil Druyor singing, Rob Legree screaming, guitarist Staig Flynn, bassist Rob Sebastian and on drums Trevor Norgren. The band signed to InVogue Records on August 21 and played their first show with SycAmour and Landon Tewers on September 5 at Crofoot in Pontiac, Michigan.[32]

In August 2014, drummer Andrew Wetzel acknowledged the band for the first time in a year. The original Facebook page was restored and the Nativ page has been erased. Wetzel said the page will become a memorial page for the legacy the band left behind. All past content and posts were restored respectively. Later that month Wetzel announced his new band, Nine Shrines consisting of former I Am King vocalist, Sam Sky, guitarist Andrew Baylis and bassist Devon Voisine bother formerly of Life On Repeat.[33]

Band members



Attack Attack! discography
Studio albums 3
EPs 1
Singles 9
Music videos 7

Studio albums

Year Title Label Chart positions
Top 200 US Indie US Heat
2008 Someday Came Suddenly Rise Records 193 25 9
2010 Attack Attack! 26 1 -
2012 This Means War 11 2 -


Year Title Label
2008 If Guns Are Outlawed, Can We Use Swords? Self-released


Song title Release date Album
"Stick Stickly" June 4, 2009 Someday Came Suddenly
"Dr. Shavargo Pt. 3" August 25, 2009
"Smokahontas" January 11, 2011 Attack Attack!
"Last Breath" June 27, 2011 Attack Attack! (deluxe edition re-issue)
"The Motivation" December 20, 2011 This Means War
"The Wretched" January 12, 2012
"The Revolution" July 1, 2012
"No Defeat" December 20, 2012 Non-album single

Music videos

Year Song Album Director Type Link
2009 "Stick Stickly" Someday Came Suddenly Gareth McGilvray[34] Performance [1]
"Dr. Shavargo Pt. 3" Thunderdown Country [35] Live performance [2]
2011 "Smokahontas" Attack Attack! Narrative [3]
"Last Breath" Joey Creel Live footage [4]
2012 "The Motivation" This Means War Unknown Narrative [5]
"The Wretched" Megan Thompson[36] [6]
"The Revolution" Drew Russ[37] [7]


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  12. ^ "Featured Content on Myspace". Myspace. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
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  14. ^ "Farewell video". YouTube. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
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  16. ^ "Attack Attack!". Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  17. ^ "Alternative Press". Alternative Press. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
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  19. ^ """ATTACK ATTACK Debut New Video For "Smokahontas. The New Review. 21 January 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  20. ^ "Attack Attack! wrap recording "This Means War".". Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  21. ^ "Attack Attack! announce new album, 2012 headlining tour dates". Alternative Press. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  22. ^ "Attack Attack! Take No Prisoners on 'The Wretched' -- Video Premiere".  
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  29. ^ Caramanica, Jon (19 July 2009). "Screamers, Whiners and Synthesizers: There’s a Rave Going On".  
  30. ^ Attack Attack! The Rolling Stone
  31. ^ "Nativ (Ex-Attack Attack!) Derailed By Infighting And Legal Battles". Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  32. ^ "Ex-Attack Attack! vocalist Phil Druyor starts new band, releases new song". Alternative Press. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  33. ^ "Andrew Wetzel (ex-Attack Attack!) starts new band, releases teaser". Alternative Press. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  34. ^ "Stick Stickly music video on MTV". Rise Records. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  35. ^ "Smokahontas music video on MTV". Rise Records. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  36. ^ "The Wretched music video on MTV". Rise Records. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  37. ^ "The Revolution music video on Vimeo". Drew Russ. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 

External links

  • Official website
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