We last talked to Attic Theory in February last year, and lead singer Lewis just sent us an update…
Liverpool, Stoke, London and South Africa.
How did you meet?
Attic Theory features previous members of Matchstickmen, Rain May Fall and LimeHawk. All of these bands had come to their natural end and Peter Donnelly (Guitar) and myself decided it was time to start something fresh. I’d known Tim Cunningham (Guitar) for a very long time, poached him then we rallied up the rest of the troops from there.
How long have you been playing as a band?
Since late 2017. As this line-up, since the end of 2019.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
It’s from the second episode of the first season of my favourite TV show Elementary. Jonny Lee Miller plays Sherlock Holmes and believes that the human brain is like an attic: a storage space for facts, but because that space is finite, it must be filled only with things a person needs to be the best version of themselves. I believe that the name suits the journey we’ve been on as individuals and that we, as a unit, make each other the best versions of ourselves.
What are your influences?
As a band, we all like different kinds of music in all shapes and sizes. Our influences range from metal to jazz and rock to funk and soul. I think this is why people are unable to pigeonhole our music.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
We self-proclaim our genre as groove rock. If you can’t groove to it, we don’t play it. We actually don’t sound like anyone else. Simple as that.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Our lyrical themes explore manipulation, humanity’s natural “fight or flight” instinct and – to some degree – the darker side of humanity and true love.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
We toured the UK and Europe last year with American rockers Tantric, we’ve supported acts such as Terrorvision, Saving Abel and Candlebox. We played a lot of shows now so are a well-oiled machine and are now finally able to concentrate on the performance
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
I have a tendency to lick things/people but obviously this is massively frowned upon now. One of the coolest things I have ever seen is at Download when Life of Agony were about to perform. Keith Caputo strutted on to the stage and someone threw a bottle of water at him. He caught it, opened it, drank it and started singing. It was awesome.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
The guitarists Peter, Tim and Matt Lawler all use Helix LTs, Line 6 wirelesses and Orange Pedal Baby’s. Kenny McArthur (Bass) uses a Cort bass and a MXR compressor and Matt Simon (drums) plays his green goddess; the Pearl master series and I use a megaphone to be heard over all of this noise ha ha ha ha.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
We are releasing our debut EP The Sign of an Active Mind on Friday 27th November which you can pre-save on your preferred music service or purchase the CD at our website store. We can’t wait to hear what you all think of it.
What are your plans over the next six months or so?
We are returning to the studio in the new year to continue work on our debut album. As for gigs, due to the current situation, we are taking it a day by day. We are scheduled to play Planet Rockstock in December 2021 so keep your fingers crossed that things become a bit more normal by then.
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
The opener would have to be our friend Dan Moran’s band, Reaper. Headliners would have to be Stone Temple Pilots, Candlebox, Alice in Chains or Faith No More. So many choices! I can hear our drummer Matt shouting “TOTO!” in the distance!