EMQ’s With ATTRITION

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EMQ’s With ATTRITION

Hi Everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with UK Dark Industrial Electronic act, Attrition. Huge thanks to main man Martin Bowes for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Martin Bowes… I sing and use a lot of electronic instruments… I have a studio full of them here!
ATTRITION was born in Coventry at the end of 1980… originally a post punk guitar / bass / drum line up, it soon transformed into a more and more electronic band. Then later still took on classical influences in violas / cellos / violins… creating music from dark rhythmic electronic / industrial songs to more atmospheric soundtracks… We have released something like 30 albums to date and toured all over the world…

How did you come up with your band name?

It was derived from “War of ATTRITION”… a name used to describe the First World War… my Grandad had fought on the Western front and was wounded at Ypres in Belgium in 1917. It held a bizarre fascination for me. I finally recorded an album of WW1 War Poetry (of all sides) in 2015 with Anni Hogan (Of Marc and the Mambas fame).

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

I’m from Coventry, UK… the scene is actually really picking up again after a quieter few years and Covid of course… helped by the fact that a lot of money was put into Coventry during its year as City of Culture.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

We are completing our new album, “The Black Maria” this year, and in the meantime have just had a 40 year collection released on US label Sleepers Records…on Vinyl and digital formats… you can listen to it on out official Bandcamp site.

https://attritionuk.bandcamp.com/album/a-great-desire-1986-2004

Who have been your greatest influences?

Musically I’ve been influenced by punk and the post punk of bands like Joy Division, PIL, Magazine, Cabaret Voltaire etc. etc., but so much of everyday life influences what I do and what I write…

What first got you into music?

Punk rock in the late 70’s blew me away and totally inspired me to make music. I started out writing a fanzine, “Alternative Sounds” here in Coventry (ran 18 issues from 1979 – 1981) then knew I had to start a band…

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

We have played many over the years and we’ve toured all over the world… on 4 continents so far… so I can’t say there is a festival I need to play, but I’m always excited with every gig we do, from the smallest club to the largest stage. I actually prefer the atmosphere in a smaller club than in a field!

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

That some fans named their child after one of my songs… ‘A girl called Harmony’ to be exact… our most well known song (from 1991)… I’ve since met 2 women in the USA that were named after it….
best review ever!

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I love the freedom to create, and the travel it has meant and meeting so many like minded people… like a world music community if you like… and with my work in my studio (The Cage) producing and mastering for other bands has meant I can live outside of the mainstream world a lot of the time… I’m grateful for that.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

A good question… it has changed in so many ways over the past 40 years… but in other ways it is pretty much the same… it’s always about dedication and hard work and belief in yourself. I do like the way that there is a lot more independent control of your own career now, although it still needs the same amount of work as record companies and booking agents would put in. I think sometimes bands think they can bypass everything and I don’t think they can. I like the fact that there are so many formats for music these days too… from Vinyl to streaming and YouTube and merch sales… I like it…so in answer I don’t think there is much I would change right now!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Joy Division – “Unknown Pleasures”.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?

I love the fact that there are so many ways of listening to music… they all have their good points and as long as people are into listening to music, in whatever format, then that’s fine by me!

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Some amazing ones over the years. its so hard to choose just one. Playing places like Hawaii, Tokyo, Siberia… places I’d always wanted to go to has been an incredible journey. Oh, and one of the worst places we played was CBGB’s in New York…. But I’m still glad we played there…

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I started out as an art student, painting and sculpting… dropped out for music… so I guess I would still be an artist. I often think of returning to that later in life. During lockdown I started to learn to make videos and made my first last year for our last single… do check it out here…
ATTRITION – The Alibi –
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-yAqSkzybE

What’s next for the band?

We are so pleased to be out performing again after Covid. We’ve played 4 shows in the UK so far, but talking to European promoters and further afield… we hope to play the South American tour soon, that was scrapped in 2020. In the meantime I am completing the long awaited new album, “The Black Maria” and hope to release this, in all formats, by the end of this year.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

I try to be very active on social media… so here are few to try!
www.attrition.co.uk
www.facebook.com/ATTRITIONMUSIC
http://attritionuk.bandcamp.com
www.youtube.com/user/attrition
https://twitter.com/attritionuk
https://sptfy.com/attrition
www.thecagestudios.co.uk

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Haha…. I have been vegan for 23 years and can’t even remember what they are like! 

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you for the interview… I hope people will explore the music further…

Martin Bowes, Coventry, England. March 2022

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EMQs with Attrition

EMQ’s with ATTRITION

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Coventry, UK based Industrial Post Punk outfit, Attrition. Huge thanks to founder and synth wizard, Martin Bowes, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Martin Bowes… I use electronics, synths and samplers and computers…whatever I need to make those sounds in ATTRITION!
We started in late 1980 as a post punk band of guitar bass and drums but soon changed to a more electronic sound, and since then have recorded and released a lot of albums and toured in a lot of the world. It’s been a wonderful ride…

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name was taken from “War of ATTRITION” a description of the first world war…a gradual wearing down of sides. My Grandad was wounded at Ypres on the western front in 1917, and I always had a strange fascination with that war. I even created an album of War poetry (from all sides) which I released in 2015 – “Millions of The Mouthless Dead” and was pleased to have a guest reading from Wolfgang Flur (Ex Kraftwerk) on that.

What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

England! And it’s always been very big here. Even if I started in the punk scene, it’s crossed over now into so many genres.

What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)?

We released our new single ‘The Great Derailer’, at the end of January 2020. It’s available on CD single, streaming or download and the video has just been released. I’m pleased, it’s been a little while since the last release!
Listen to it here!
https://attritionuk.bandcamp.com/album/the-great-derailer
The album it is taken from, “The Black Maria”, will be out later this year, with another single around the same time.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Musically a mix of Punk, Electronics (the pioneers like Kraftwerk and Cabaret Voltaire but even later bands like Prodigy) and post punk – bands like Joy Division. I also compose soundtrack music (mostly for horror films), so I do like dark ambient and Neo-classical music as well, but I’m also influenced by art and film – usually surreal and emotional!

What first got you into music?

I always loved it as I grew up, in the 70’s, but hearing the Sex Pistols in 1977 was the time I knew I had to make music as well!

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

I never feel like that. I’ve worked with people in the past. I loved re-recording a version of the Adverts punk classic “Gary Gilmore’s Eyes” with lead singer TV Smith in 2000 (It finally came out in 2015), but on the whole, I work by myself with various guest musicians. It keeps it flexible.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

I prefer clubs. Festivals can be fun – great parties, and great networking for a band, but in the end the best shows I’ve ever seen or played have been in small or medium size clubs – the atmosphere is so much more intense.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I had a painting sent from a fan in Texas once – a really big one! I eventually used it as an album cover. (For “Wrapped in the Guise of my Friend”, the 2009 album of ATTRITION covers by other bands).

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Thank you. I really appreciate anyone taking the time to listen and do drop me a line and let me know how the music makes you feel.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Oh, I was about to say someone, but that question reminds me of Stephen Kings “Pet Sematary”….I think it could go horribly wrong!

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I love the adventures it has led me on. The travel, the experiences, the people I have met… all my friends are through music. But it’s a hard road to take and that can take its toll at times. Having to get through disappointments or just plain disasters, especially when on the road! But I’ve learned so much from it all. I wouldn’t have it any other way!

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Roxy Music – “For Your Pleasure” (1973). I heard it as a young teenager and fell in love with it (and Bowie at the time). I still play it now “In every dream home a heartache” is incredible.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Haha! They are all useful, and streaming is too! Any way of listening to music is fine with me. the more the better!

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Lots of reasons why gigs are best. Been some amazing shows in out of the way places like a small bar in Indianapolis in 1999 – it was small but rammed! When we played Hawaii in 2017, I couldn’t believe they had flown us out there for 5 days for that! Amazing! Playing a converted Chinese restaurant in Siberia after 3 days getting there on the Trans-Siberian express was surreal. We played CBGB’s in 1999 but it was such a terrible place by then. I could go on….

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I started out as an art student. I did go back to painting for a few months in 1990, but I chose music. There’s nothing better I can think of. I actually run my own studio here in Coventry, The Cage, and work a lot on mastering and production for other bands and labels – my “day job” if you like to call it that – but still music.

What’s next for the band?

Well the album, next single… and I am setting up shows for the rest of 2020!
so far confirmed are:
April 3rd- The Tin, Coventry, UK
June 13th: Woodgothic Festival, Sao Thome Das Letras, Brazil
June 17th – Gothic Ba, Buenos Aires, Argentina
June 19th – Producciones Mortem Collections, Santiago de Chile
June 20th – Tumbas Eternas Producciones, Lima, Per
u
July – Manchester – tbc
August 20th– Feketa Zaj festival, Hungary
August 30th – Infest festival, UK
November 28th: Winter Ghosts Symposium, Whitby, UK
December 5th – Face Bar, Reading, UK

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

These will work!
www.attrition.co.uk
www.facebook.com/ATTRITIONMUSIC
http://attritionuk.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/user/attrition
https://twitter.com/attritionuk
https://sptfy.com/attrition
www.thecagestudios.co.uk

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t eat cakes or biscuits, so I have no idea at all!!!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Well thank you for the interview! And anyone interested in my work with ATTRITION, do drop me a line – always good to meet and talk with new people, it’s a big part of what it’s all about.#

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