Attalla is a doom metal band with with a classic rock n roll edge that hails from Oshkosh, Wisconsin. They have been on the scene since 2012, and have been accomplishing all kinds of things since their beginning 6 years ago. After they were recommended to us, we gave them a listen and were not disappointed. Their Black Sabbath-like twist to modern doom metal was the perfect thing for our feature. With a few tours under their belt, (including the east coast) one album release (with another new album released recently), while all of this being self-promoted, we were nothing short of impressed. We tracked them down to the Pollock Inn in Wausau for an interview, presented to you by our very own Don Niesen. The band collectively decided that he should sit with Cody Stieg and get the low down on what Attalla has to tell us!
So the band was formed in 2012, the year the world ended, what have been some of your accomplishments after you survived this?
2012 was when we got together and worked on and recorded the self titled concept album Attalla, which was released in July 2014. 2015 was our first tour east, which was all self promoted. There were great crowds and great feedback due to online promotion from reviews and interviews we sustained crowds throughout the tour there.
So, Glacial Rule is your next album?
We began writing and recording in 2016 and it was released in 2017. Glacier Rule was recorded at Howel Recording Studio in Milwaukee. All the songs on the album are inspired by natural things found in Wisconsin, such as how the glaciers shaped our state and the power it took to do that. The album art was designed by Adam Burke from Portland, Oregon. It was hand painted on a very large scale canvas. Please be sure to look up his artwork!
(We did our detective work and found his instagram which is the handle @nightjarillustration–be sure to follow it!)
We had vinyl albums made as well as special editions. 100 of them were fire red and we sold all of them in one month after the release. Then, we made 400 frostbite clear blue vinyls that are currently available. We have had great reviews and over 50,000 views on our Youtube!
So, back to the tour for Glacial Rule, how did that go?
In 2016, we spent a month touring the west coast, which went well and had even bigger crowds. Since we had already toured the east coast, it made booking the west coast much easier. Then, we kind of ran into a hiccup with drummers so in 2017 we went through 3 drummer changes from the time of the release to September. That kind of complicated things but we kept moving forward. In September of 2017 we booked another tour to the east coast. It was 17 shows and our following had grown so we had larger crowds there as well. As of November of 2017, we have started writing material for our third album and have been doing 3 to 4 shows a month locally here in the Midwest.
Have you had any radio airplay or podcasts?
We sent out 100 press kits to radio stations and it didn’t really amount to a whole lot. We were featured on the 94.7 on the Edge on the Razor. It’s not a main goal to impress the radio but whatever exposure we get from it– great! We are on Spotify, and it turns out that there is a rapper with a same name and the same spelling which is causing a conflict for the rapper, even confusion for the rapper’s management. We are on bandcamp and Facebook of course. Social media is a great way to get our name out there.
I see you’re playing at the Doomed and Stoned Festival in Chicago, what can you tell us about it? Where can we find tickets?
We are playing June 1st which is a Friday with six other bands. The festival is three days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and it features seven bands per night. This festival has been going on in Indianapolis for two years and this is the first year they are adding a Chicago location. The tickets are $20 a day or $50 for all three days. You can find them at the Doomed and Stoned Web page. (Link below)
Thank you once again to Attalla for spending time with Music Maehem! It was a pleasure to meet them and we look forward to seeing them again on the scene! As always, be sure to like and follow them on Facebook and other social media!
Below is a peak at their album Glacial Rule.