Don’t Let Evan Seinfeld Hear You Call Attika 7 a Supergroup – Interview

Former members of Biohazard, Static-X, Soulfly, Ministry and famed motorcycle builder Randy Coones have joined forces to create the Supergr….uh, bad ass rock band Attika 7. I’ve heard the album and I don’t think hard rock/heavy metal fans will be disappointed. Recently I got the chance to chat with Evan Seinfeld about his new band and their debut album “Blood of my Enemies.”

 Zoiks! What is your take on the label "Supergroup" and how do you feel about Attika 7 being labeled a "Super Group?"

 Evan Seinfeld: As an original cast member of “VH1 Supergroup,” I’m not a huge fan of the name applying to my new band. We are a Heavy Metal- Hard Rock band who plays badass tuned down riffs with haunting melodies We are also all friends and hang out, ride together, whatever. Supergroup sounds like people desperate to get attention. We are gonna sneak in the back door and surprise the shit out of a lot of people!


 Z!: How did you guys get together, and what made you decide to form a band?

 ES: Rusty started writing these songs in prison, doing a long federal prison sentence, During his two YEARS in Solitary confinement, one of the most brutal and inhuman experience someone could endure, the concept of Attika 7. Rusty and I met through the motorcycle world and were actually introduced by Jesse James many years ago and we became friends instantly. When Rusty got out of prison he had a few different lineups of Attika and was searching for the sound. We had played some shows together when I was in Biohazard and it was like uncanny timing, I decided i wanted to do something different, more melodic, and literally Rusty called me the next day to ask me if I would fill in for a gig as they had let their singer go. I of course agreed, and as I started to learn the music, i fell in love with the sound and the style, I told Rusty I wanted to work on all the songs with him and make an album, The rest is history... well history in the making!

 Z!: How would you describe the new album "Blood of My Enemies?"

 ES: “Blood of my Enemies” is a collection of songs Rusty wrote in prison and songs he and I wrote together, here in SoCal. Its dark, heavy, melodic, and extremely over the edge. It screams hope in the face of desperation and stinks of Hatred, Pain and Revenge! The songs are authentic, genuine, and anthemic, huge sing along chorus, and simply the most musical thing I have ever been a part of. A lot of people who have heard it have told me that I should have done something like this A LONG TIME AGO!

 Z!: How was it working with MUDROCK and what did he bring to the album?

 ES: Mudrock is a genius... he is like one of those guys with a strange bedside manner, but simply more meticulous than anyone I have ever worked with, and I have worked with a lot of AMAZING producers. Mud was the first guy to get me to reinvent myself as a singer, and use my voice as an instrument that would be growing. Its crazy, just listen to the record, drum, bass guitar sounds, vocal sounds, He really harnessed the raw power and emotion of the songs, especially Rusty's Lead playing. he helped me so much with my Guitar sound and gave us the metal that rocks. He helped me to find the next chapter in my reinvention of my voice. His incredible vintage gear mixed with his knowledge were just two of the keys to the special sauce that makes “Blood of my Enemies” a phenomenal freshman effort for A7.


Z!: What can fans expect from your live show?

ES: Attika 7 is all about emotion combined with precision, no sloppy playing like a lot of heavy bands, but TIGHT and HEAVY, where we recreate the entire album and take it up a notch every time we play together, we will be announcing our updated band lineup for touring along with our tour dates over the next few weeks, People are going to be blown away. In such a fucked up world with so much shit we have all been through in our lives, Me and Rusty vowed that we would make our shows the most fun we can have, while really expressing our lifestyle. Don’t be surprised to see our Bikes, or smokin hot Dancers at an Attika 7 show.. Brutal sound and of course ENERGY!!!
 


 Z!: In a band there are a lot of egos and influences, what's the secret to satisfying everybody’s ego?

 ES: All the members of A7 are all Veterans and confident guys. Bands who have a bunch of fragile egos and inner competition never achieve their full potential, they are too busy imploding, Rusty and I have been VERY careful in selecting other guys we are friends with, who are like us simply grateful to have the opportunity to create and perform our own brand of metal. Everyone in the group LOVES the songs, loves the band, the message and their own instruments as well, I am very happy to say that I’m surrounded by a bunch of guys who are team players , Attika 7 has a real Family Vibe. We take a lot from Rusty's MC life and it trickles down into the band, Honesty, Friendship , Honor and Respect are all prerequisites for anyone in the Attika 7 fold, no room here for fair weather friends or people who may crack under pressure!


 Z!: You guys have been in bands that have been around awhile. Is starting over and playing smaller venues refreshing or is it a little bit more frustrating?

 ES: Attika 7 has only played one real show when I got involved in the band, and we have no idea what to expect, honestly, it is refreshing to have the pressure off to live up to anything any of us have done in the past. Actually we LOVE to JAM, even in the rehearsal studio, which incidentally we built inside of Rustys Motorcycle shop, so the opportunity to create our own music from scratch, write, record, put it out, and then go out and turn people on to it. None of us are trying to live off of any of our pasts... We are all proud of our history, but this is a FRESH, NEW and EXCITING project of Timeless Heavy Metal, And Catchy Rock anthems. I have just got the first few reviews back and if they have anything to do with how the band is going to be perceived, it wont be long until we are playing BIGGER venues!

 Z!: You've watched the music industry change over the years, Now that you've got this new band, what's it like trying to establish a new band with the state the music industry is in?

 ES: Is there really an INDUSTRY? I have no expectations, just drive, motivation, and a love for music, that I share with Rusty and my band brothers. It is certainly a different time and to tell the truth, I have a lot of great ideas on how to get our music out to the Metal fans of the world, but ultimately, this is my life, i love to tour, Sing, Play and Rock! The Internet is an amazing tool and it circumvents a lot of traditional means and mediums in which people used to access Music and info The most interesting difference is that way less people support bands and buy music than they did in my earlier years. What’s kind of funny and pathetic is that many music "industry" people say bullshit like, "Now, we make our money touring and selling merchandise.." which really means, people don’t buy a lot of records anymore, but the truth is, Bands ALWAYS made money touring,... if they worked hard. Attika 7 has a real hardcore Blue-collar work ethic, so I’m sure we will have a long and strong career. The thing I like least about nowadays is the lame keyboard ninjas that all have an opinion about everything and everyone and simply talk shit about everyone and everything.. so here are a few rules to live by.. (1. if someone says something online, but they don’t use their real name, and or address to back it up, they really didn’t say anything..) 2. People who talk shit about bands or other celebs online but have never actually achieved anything on their own, ... their opinions don’t technically count), and 3 if someone calls you a douchebag, it just means that they are jealous of you, your success and or talent. The advent of social media and everyone having a voice is one of the greatest modern advances we have made as a society, but remember, if you are a nerd, and you dis everything that is cool, then all you have left is Jonah hill and “Napoleon Dynamite,” wait, that is actually all we have left... ATTIKA 7 is here to change that! We are looking to make it cool to be badass again....

 Z!: Thanks for taking the time is there anything you'd like to add?

 ES: Yeah, Check out ATTIKA7.com follow us on twitter @attika7 and like us on FB ... lastly.. FTW, ACAB, and DILLIGAF??? Live Hard, Ride Free, and be true to yourself and your true friends. 

BYLINE: Bob Zerull is the Managing Editor of Zoiks! Online. He writes pop culture commentary, does interviews with bands, and reviews music and stand-up concerts. He also administers Zoiks! Online's Facebook page. Follow Bob on twitter at bzerull. Email Bob at bob@zoiksonline.com.
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