The Attack - Interview with Charlie Bender

We talked with The Attack frontman Charlie Bender about the band, upcoming album, and tours with Big Wig and Less Than Jake.

Crowdsurf Central: How did the band start?
Charlie: The Attack started as a fun musical outlet.  It was follow up, get together and have a good time jamming and hanging out kind of thing, from our previous band Spitvalves.  It only made sense to take it more serious once everyone dug the direction of the music since we already knew each other well.

Who are some of your musical inspirations?
Of course, a lot of the early punk bands, American and British.  We’ve covered out fair share of The Clash, Ramones, Misfits, Minor Threat, you name it!  Even rock n roll stuff like Tom Petty and CCR.  The Bosstones played a roll in all of our upbringings, even though Brad was in Jersey/Boston and the rest of us were in Fl.  H2O, Bouncing Souls, Rancid, all of the early warped tour bands.  Those years were very memorable to us and helped shape the sound we have today.

When did the band start to draw attention from labels?
Probably once the first full length came out.  People realized that The Attack is a serious band with a DIY punk background and good ethics.  

What has changed most from when you first started playing together?
I would have to say songwriting.  We’ve slowed down a bit on the process.  Taking our time and making sure that we’re happy with all of the details.

What are you most proud of when it comes to your new album?
I feel that the songs are strong.  Each of them can stand up on their own, simple and effective.  Working with Pete Steinkopf was an honor and inspirational.  He pushed us to be better players and for the songs to be 100%.

How does it feel to be on tour with Big Wig?
We’ve been friends with Tom since the late 90’s.  He’s a great person and always down to lend a hand.  He mixed our first record.  It’s always a good time to hangout and share the stage with Bigwig.  

What are you looking forward to most while touring with LTJ?
A few things I guess.  The crowd is always so much fun to watch.  They’re so charismatic.  Singing as loud as they can while being pressed together yet never spilling a drop of beer!  It’s also inspirational that LTJ have been doing what they love for over 20years.  It shows when they’re on stage and their fans know it.  Lastly, it’s always a plus to see Roger’s dreads fly around!!!

Check out their SoundCloud here and be sure to pick up their new album 'On Condition' when it comes out on November 11th.

Also, stay tuned for our full review of the upcoming album!