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ATTRITION: …when the music moves you inside

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Please describe the band in a single sentence.

A 40-year exploration of dark electronic sounds and emotions

What’s your latest project and what are you working on right now?

After a covid related delay, I am finally finishing off the new ATTRITION album, The Black Maria… due for release later this year! Will probably release another single in advance as well …the last single was last years “The Alibi”
And in the meantime, we have just had a collection of songs from our mid-period released on vinyl on US label Sleepers Records.  “A Great Desire (1986 – 2004) with tracks from albums of that time… mostly on vinyl for the first time!

How do you want people to feel when they listen to your music?

I’m putting very personal words and feelings into my music… so I don’t expect people to know what everything is about…. But the feeling… the “soul” of the music and my thoughts are what counts. Some people do get that and we have been invited to perform all over the world by those people… I’m happy with that.

Major influences: Who put you on this path?

I was blown away when I heard The Sex Pistols on my transistor radio in 1977… Punk totally inspired me in my desire for making music. There really wasn’t any choice.
In terms of sound the music that came after…the post-punk of bands like Joy Division, Siouxsie and The Banshees, PIL, Magazine and the electronics of bands like Kraftwerk and Cabaret Voltaire helped us create our initial sound.

If you had to flee the country as a band, where would you choose to live?

A good question in the current climate… I have traveled a lot of the world, mostly through my music and there is so much to experience and learn from everywhere… I lived in Holland for a while in the eighties too.  I think if we had to flee we probably wouldn’t have too much choice of where we were going!!

What’s the ‘wow factor’ that makes YOU decide which songs to keep, record and release?

It’s almost impossible to define… when the music moves you inside… and we can never pick that apart and really understand it… we just have to feel it and grow from it…

What’s the most hilarious band memory you can think of?

Tour stories are crazy…. There have been so many over the years… weird thing is when I’m asked I can’t remember anything at all…. But once something comes back…usually from another band member chatting over memories…then the flood gates open…. I will be back to you on this one  J

What would be the title of the band’s biography?

“Fate is smiling”  actually one of the songs I wrote in the early days and it remains a favourite (it was on the 2nd full album, “Smiling , at the Hypogonder club” in 1985…
It’s also part of our “In dark dreams” best of we released in 2015.

I have collected everything about the band since we started and am planning a biography at some point soon…

What’s the next milestone you’d like to achieve as a band?

Well apart from the new album I have started to explore video making (my first being the promo for “The Alibi”.. As an art student originally I want to do a lot more…. I usually see music in pictures when I’m composing… an audio landscape.
And then we are finally seeing the return of live music and I am excited to play and tour again… we have played 3 shows recently in the UK and are talking with other countries again now… planning to do that full South American tour that was canceled in 2020!!!
I’m also busy with production and mastering for other bands and labels in my studio here (The Cage) So always a lot to do…. I like it that way.

Until we meet again,

Chelf Thanks for the interview Chelf!

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