The Scoop: After 6 years as a band, Ohio’s Attack Attack! has announced that The Back in Action Tour will be its last, and that the group will be no more. Read the full statement below.
Well everyone, it’s been a wild ride for Attack Attack, but I think it’s about time Whiting and I take some time to write this note.
We want to start by thanking every single one of you that has ever come out to a show, bought a shirt, gotten in a fight over crabcore, or spent the time to send us notes online. We have been insanely blessed to be able to do what we have done with AA and we think it’s time that we wrap up
this chapter in our lives.
Yes, this means exactly what you think it means. The Back in Action Tour will be Attack Attack’s final and most ironic tour.
After 6 long years of playing in garages, VFW halls, clubs, open air festivals, and everything in-between. We’ve decided it is time to lay AA down for good.
You are all beautiful, wonderful people, and we want you to know that we deeply appreciate everything you have done for us.
We are sad to lay Attack Attack to rest, but are very excited for what is next in this new chapter of our lives.
The Spin: While I wasn’t entirely surprised that the band continued on after losing vocalist Caleb Shomo late last year (I mean, he was their third frontman, after all – and they had Phil Druyor of I Am Abomination to fill in), I’m also not surprised that the group is now disbanding. Attack Attack! was at the forefront of a scene movement, helping to create something huge. Whether you think that it was for better or for worse, it’s undeniable – with nearly two million Facebook fans and both of the band’s last two albums charting well on Billboard, Attack Attack! saw a great deal of popularity and success. However, the departure from Rise Records and departure of Shomo and bassist John Holgado in 2012 doesn’t make for a strong showing of stability. Signing the announcement as “The Andrews” (Whiting/Wetzel – Guitar/Drums, respectively) hints that Druyor might be returning to I Am Abomination, while the pair of Andrews continue on to something new. Time will tell how closely this speculation matches the future, but I’ll be watching to see what unfolds. I think that abandoning the name was a good idea, and I’m curious to hear what these guys do next. RIP.
The Question: What do you make of the breakup? Are you surprised? Do you miss the band already, or is it good riddance? Let us know in the comments below!