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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

What to Do Tonight: Attack Attack!

Posted By on Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 7:25 AM

Don’t confuse Columbus metalcore quintet Attack Attack! with the U.K. punk-pop band that boasts an additional exclamation point (Attack! Attack!) and a somewhat less-derivative sound. The local version explores synth-addled screamo, balancing the off-kilter trill and bleep of keyboards against thudding breakdowns. The band’s 2008 debut, Someday Came Suddenly, revisits several tracks from the har-har-titled EP, If Guns Are Outlawed, Can We Use Swords, but at least demonstrates a willingness to explore — like on the goofy, album-opening 40-second crunk-punk “Hot Grills and Hot Tops” and debut single “Stick Stickly.” It helps leaven the hoarse screaming and contrapuntal blend of nearly identical da-dum-da-dum-da breakdowns and Nutrasweet-clean electro-punk-pop. If you didn’t jump for 3OH!3 or Brokencyde, you’re probably not going to get far with these guys. But judging from the high-school throngs at 3OH!3’s Warped Tour show last summer, you may not be their demographic anyway. In the past couple of years, Attack Attack! lost both their original singer and his replacement, leaving keyboardist Caleb Shomo to take over vocals. This show at Peabody’s (2045 East 21st St., 216.776.9999, should offer a peek at their forthcoming second album, Shazam! Breathe Carolina, I See Stars, Asking Alexandria and Bury Tomorrow open at 7 p.m.. Tickets: $15 advance, $17 day of show. — Chris Parker

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