Attention Thieves to play The Swarm opening at Thorpe ParkBy Caroline Cook
March 09, 2012
It is almost a year since I last spoke to Wokingham four-piece Attention Thieves.
At the time the newly emerging rock band had just released their second single and were getting ready to film their debut music video.
Fast forward about 369 days and their music is regularly appearing on music channels Scuzz and Kerrang!, they’re releasing an EP and to top it all off, they’ve been asked to play at the opening of Thorpe Park’s newest ride.
“We’ve been up to so much in the last year,” says guitarist James Harris.
“We finished our EP and the video for our single You’ll Be The First One.
“We got it on to the Kerrang! playlist and it’s getting played several times a day and we’ve been gigging and getting our name out there.”
The Attention Thieves are looking forward to a summer of fun and festivals, kicking off with the opening of The Swarm at Thorpe Park next week.
“The ride opening is coming up so we’re really looking forward to that,” says James. “It was in the paper a couple of weeks ago because of the test dummies,” he adds, referencing pictures which appeared in the papers showing test dummies with missing limbs.
So are the guys a little nervous about being some of the first people to ride the roller coaster?
“I don’t know, I’ll have to ask the others,” says James, without a hint of nerves.
Perhaps it is because the band are flying so high on their recent successes or maybe it’s down to the fact they are just too cool to be fazed by a little danger.
“We’ll just have to see what goes on,” says the 24-year-old. “I think we play two sets throughout the day, one early on then people go off and try the ride and then we play another later.”
The four piece, some of whom met at St Crispin’s School in London Road, have also been busy in the studio, working with John Mitchell from Outhouse Studios who has produced for the likes of You Me at Six and Enter Shikari.
“We ran over trying to get the tracks perfect, but we went back into the studio on a Sunday evening to finish it off,” says James, a far cry from the rock and roll style all- nighters the band were pulling last time we spoke.
Does it mean they’ve mellowed a little now the music is getting more serious?
“There are still so many things that happen on tour but it might not be suitable for the paper,” he says. So that would be a no, then.
With James, vocalist Alex Green, drummer Simon Chambers and bassist Ryan Davies all being in their 20s the guys are still very much enjoying the rock-band lifestyle.
“We can’t wait to play the festivals again,” says James, who still pulls pints in The Redan when he’s not on stage.
“You’re there for the whole time and you play your set, but then you get to enjoy the festival and the backstage bars and stuff.”
With the guys set to embark on another round of touring this week, and eagerly anticipating the release of their EP Look a Little Closer on March 26, they are in for another busy year. If the last one is anything to go by we’ll be hearing a lot more from Attention Thieves – if they can survive The Swarm, that is.