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Interview: Attalus

Posted: January 18, 2011 in Interviews
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Introducing Attalus: an indie alt. rock act hailing from North Carolina. Frontman Seth Davey gives us the scoop on his recently formed band and their impressive debut release, The Greater Tide EP.

How did Attalus get started?

Fortunately I was able to unite four friends who are also four great musicians. This is a band of brothers: myself and ben (manager), Evan and Adam, and John and Chris. I was in a band with John back in high-school. Evan and I recorded music together back in college. But those two worlds never collided until the summer of 2010. Adam wanted to start a band, which meant that he and Evan were naturally in; and after losing a bass player, that left two holes to fill: bass and guitar. John and Chris moved home from New York City and fortunately were able to answer that need.

Where did the name Attalus come from?

Finding a name is a difficult thing. At least it was for us. After exploring many options, we found we couldn’t agree on any single one. One night something came to my mind. When I had been reading an old Greek historian in preparation for my dissertation, I remembered coming across a moving story of Christian martyrs who lived in the 2nd century. I looked the story up and found that the name of one of the martyrs was Attalus. Upon seeing it, my first thought was, “Hey, that sounds like a pretty good band name!” My second thought was a little deeper. I started thinking that maybe if I remind myself constantly of the kind of faith and devotion this guy had – enough even to give up his life – perhaps it will strengthen my own. Well, we agreed on the name and that was that.

Does Attalus have a specific purpose/mission?

I suppose there are five different purposes/missions in Attalus because of the fact that we all bring our own ideas and ambitions to the table. Nevertheless, we do share a few specific things in common. The most important is our desire to share with people through good music that there is hope in a world that sometimes seems void of it. We are not a Christian band, but we are Christians. However, because of hypocrisy in the Church and because of media portrayals, many people are turned off by that very word. That’s understandable. So hopefully through our music and through our corresponding lifestyles listeners will find themselves giving Christianity a second look.

What are some of your musical influences?

This is a broad range, so I’ll just stick with modern examples. We’ll spare the obvious like “the Beatles.” for me it would be D.C. Talk (loved them as a kid!), Thrice, Blindside, and to some extent Switchfoot. Adam has a love for rap and ska to go along with his love of rock, so I would say the Supertones, T-bone, and Monty Are I. Evan is more eclectic. His favorite might be Neutral Milk Hotel and Coheed and Cambria. John loves Need to Breathe and Phil Wickham. Chris listens to harder stuff like As I Lay Dying and August Burns Red. Man I hope I got these right!

Is there an overarching theme on your latest release The Greater Tide?

Though not all songs use the metaphor of “the sea,” three of them do. So yes. The “greater tide,” as it suggests, is a concept. It also suggests there is more than one tide. As represented in the song, “Message in a Bottle,” the first is a tide of failure, shipwreck and destruction; the second is a tide of hope, restoration, and redemption. So the overarching theme of the album is stated best in the last line of that song: “Grace can even save a shipwrecked life.”

Is there a particular song on The Greater Tide that means the most to you?

“The Greater Tide” probably means the most to me because it is a story of brave men and women throughout history who gave up their lives for their faith. No matter what anyone believes, we all stand on the shoulders of people who gave their lives for us in some measure. Whether it was a soldier who died on the battlefield or a mother who refused to abort, we are the recipients of nameless individuals who made immense sacrifices. So this is a song that represents my admiration for those individuals who I feel I owe so much to.

What do you hope listeners take away from The Greater Tide?

Well I hope they will love the music! That of course is important. And ultimately I hope the lyrics will provoke them to think more deeply about life, love and the meaning of both.

Is The Greater Tide EP your first recording? Or do you have any prior material?

“The Greater Tide” is Attalus’ first recording, yes. Individually we have our own material, but not corporately.

If you could choose any band to tour with, what band would you choose and why?

Though we would all give different answers to this question, my answer would definitely be Thrice. That is because it became apparent to me back at University that Dustin Kensrue’s lyrics were inspired by many of the same things that have inspired my own: Greek philosophy, mythology, and modern thinkers such as G.K. Chesterton and C.S. Lewis. I’d love to tour with Thrice one day just to be able to talk with Dustin for a while. I have a lot of questions I’d like to ask him.

Does Attalus only tour locally?

Currently we are only touring locally. But when I come back from Wales in February, I hope we will make time to travel. Perhaps an opportunity will arise.

Any final comments?

Thanks for taking the time to ask these questions! I speak for all of us when I say that we’re very grateful. God bless.

For more info on Attalus visit their Myspace or Facebook page.
The Greater Tide EP can be purchased on iTunes: The Greater Tide – EP – Attalus

Aaron Newberry of Sons of God shares about their upcoming record and other exciting stuff they have in store for 2011…

So tell me a bit about the formation of Sons of God. I read that you went through a lot of members in the beginning?

Yeah, it was like a solo project turned band. I feel like it went through phases. It was like, Okay, I’m gonna do this, and it was me and a friend. And then it didn’t work out. And I was like, Okay, I’m gonna go this direction, and then two more guys would come in, so it would be a three-piece. And so, that happened literally like six or seven times. And I actually moved twice- relocated to try to make it work with specific people. Like, at one point I had moved to Albany, Georgia, and my bassist at the time moved with me, and we were gonna play with our buddies Jason and Jeremy, who used to be in Chasing Victory. And that didn’t work out either. So, I kinda at one point, after probably going through more than ten members and feeling like I was the only one that was highly invested, I gave up. And then the guys just kind of fell in my lap at that point.

Sons of God has teamed up with Come&Live!. How did you connect with them?

Well, me and the past band that I was in showcased for Come&Live!. And I played previously with some Tooth & Nail bands, so I knew Chad. I was promoting a show in my hometown in Oklahoma and one of the dudes in the band- I was just hanging out and talking with him- he mentioned that Chad was leaving Tooth & Nail and I was like, “What?! Wait hold on, what are you talking about?” Because at that point I’d heard nothing about [Come&Live!] and he told me. And I had this demo of “Caution,” so after he told me, I got right online and I sent Chad the demo of “Caution.” And I’m like, “Yo dude, I heard something about you leaving Tooth & Nail and starting something new, and I just wanted to be one of the first to talk to you about it, if at all possible.” He loved the demo and randomly was on tour with The Glorious Unseen and Sleeping Giant. And they were coming through my area and so somebody on that tour got a hold of me, and I went to that show that night. Some crazy stuff happened and Chad and I talked, and that’s kind of when it started.

What are some of your musical influences?

Oh man. Well, I’d say for me, for a long time, it was pretty obviously like Thrice, Muse, Radiohead, stuff like that. And I feel like we’ve taken on a lot like Deftones and then Smashing Pumpkins even, at times. Also, for me, Copeland was a big influence as well.

So as of now, The Genesis Prologue EP is all you have out? Or is there any prior material available?

Yeah, they only thing we had before were demos, but I wouldn’t even call those released songs; I just put them on Myspace, not really thinking about whether people were listening to them or not. So yeah, The Genesis Prologue is all that we’ve got available at this point.

When people hear your music, what do you hope they take away from it?

I hope they take away whatever it is that they are needing. And I know that sounds vague, but I’m not specifically out to nail something down other than… like I really do hope that people can relate with my struggles and kind of my thought process at times. I feel like often, just as a person, I’m kind of misunderstood. And I feel like if I can offer a little bit of hope or a glimpse of I think about this to something contrary to what people may think, I think that’s all I can ask for as a writer that people would take away from what I write.

Back in the fall, you raised money through Kickstarter to fund your upcoming, full-length album. Have you guys recorded the new record yet?

We’ve written and we’ve recorded some, yeah. But I wouldn’t say we’re finished by any means at this point.

Do you have a time frame in mind for the album’s release?

It’ll probably be later into next year.

Does the new record focus on a particular theme or subject matter?

I feel like in the writing process, at least, I felt like I was writing to myself in a sense… kind of a battle of right and wrong and good and evil- what’s in my own mind and my own heart. Writing that to my own self is just like writing to anybody else because I think at times we all need a word of encouragement, or even just somebody to be bold. And so I kind of felt like I went out on a line, and I was saying things that maybe some people are timid about or maybe even afraid to approach, I guess. As far as a theme, I think from song to song it varies.

You guys have been talking about some surprises that you have in store for 2011. Can you share any details?

Well, one thing is putting our money where our mouth is, as far as touring goes. We’ve talked about touring a lot in the past and there were a lot of reasons that kept us from doing that, but this year I don’t see any reason why we’re not going to play in every area that we can. We keep asking our listeners to let us know where they want us to come because we’re listening to them, you know? We definitely want to make sure that they know we’re hearing them out. I’ve literally written down every single city that I have seen on our Facebook and on Indie Vision Music.

And, that we’ve worked really, really hard on the new record, and that there will absolutely be a record coming out this year.

So do you know who you will be touring with, I guess in the January-February time frame?

Well, we’re gonna actually start off the year in April, just because of the writing process and everything. But starting in April, I’m really not sure… I know we’ve talked to Mike Mains & The Branches about doing some stuff together, and we’ve talked to Abel and Showbread. But as far as anyone else, I’m really not sure right now; we’re just gonna take it one step at a time.

For more information on Sons of God, check them out on Myspace, Twitter, or Facebook

I recently did an interview with Showbread for CMZ, check it out-

Check out my interview with Project 86 at Christian Music Zine.