ATTAK

Attak - New Mills Punk - Lineup 1982

Formed: New Mills, Derbyshire, England, UK

These hardcore/Oi! merchants from the north-west of England featured the sister of Mackie from Blitz, on drums, and lived well and truly under the shadow of that great band, much as Flux of Pink Indians did with Crass.

Attak had one half-decent, snarling single (Today’s Generation E.P. - rated 'Total Chaos Single of the Week' in Sounds by Garry Bushell) to their credit and little else. They simply weren't much cop: a generic sub-Blitz din with dopey lyrics and dummy-vocals. Nonetheless, they were reasonably popular, and might have been more so had they played London more than just once.

Their first demo, recorded with Saleem on vocals, was recorded in 1980, with one of the songs from it, 'Blue Patrol', released on A Country Fit For Heroes. Saleem departed soon after, so his brother Gary took up vocals and the three piece signed a proper deal with No Future and recorded their first two singles, and then a track for the Oi! Oi! That's Yer Lot! compilation.

Attak - New Mills Punk - Lineup 1982

Names chosen before settling on the hardly original Attak were P45, Chaos and Energy, which gives fair warning of the lack of innovation the band mustered. However, Attak were not trying to sound like Eyeless in Gaza or The Venus Fly Trap, so they shouldn't be criticised for not being intellectuals. But Attak is surely one crap name for a band. And Attak was surely one crap band.

They expanded to a four-piece in late 1982 with the addition of a second guitarist, Michael "Woody" Woodacre and recorded the Zombies album over five days (luxury!) in summer 1983. It turned out to their last release. Gary Basnett joined the reformed Blitz in 1989.

LINEUP #1 (1980-1981):

Saleem Basnett - vocals
Gary Basnett - guitar
Chad Sean AKA Chad - bass
Lindsay McLennan - drums

Saleem left shortly after recording the band's first demo. Anyone have a piccie of the band at this point?

LINEUP #2 (1981-1982):

Classic lineup

Gary Basnett - guitar, vocals
Chad Sean - bass
Lindsay McLennan - drums

The "classic" lineup, responsible for the two No Future singles

LINEUP #3 (1982-1984):

Band photo

Gary Basnett - guitar, vocals
Woody - guitar
Chad Sean - bass
Lindsay McLennan - drums

The third and final lineup, this one recorded Zombies

 

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles / Albums

Attak - Today’s Generation E.P. Attak - Murder In The Subway Attak - Zombies    
Today’s Generation E.P.
(7", 1982)
Murder In The Subway
(7", 1982)
Zombies (LP, 1983)    

Various Artists

A Country Fit For Heroes UK 12" 1982 (No Future): Blue Patrol

Oi! Oi! That's Yer Lot! UK LP 1982 (Secret): Big Brother

Punk Revival New Zealand LP 1982 (Music World Ltd): Today's Generation

Angels With Dirty Faces UK LP 1984 (No Future): Today's Generation

There Is No Future (The History Of No Future) UK LP 1984 (No Future): Today's Generation

Viva La Revolution UK 2xLP 1985 (Cambra Sound): Today's Generation

Graveyard Stomp UK LP 1988 (Anagram): Zombies

No Future: The Singles Collection UK CD 1993 (Anagram): Today's Generation / Murder In The Subway

No Future: Punk Singles Collection Volume Two UK CD 1995 (Anagram): Hell / Future Dreams

Links


Info on Attak at the excellent UnoffIcial No Future Website.

 

 

You can add stuff and make comments/corrections by emailing me at:

jane@punkygibbon.co.uk

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