The members of Canada’s Attica Riots have what can only be described as a cosmic musical connection. Any musician will tell you that’s not always the case in a band scenario, where democracy can fail when egos, opinions, and dominant personalities do battle, thus sinking a band before it even sets sail. So, when you have that type of “on the same page” connection, you hold on to it. And that’s just what Attica Riots are doing. You can’t argue with the results, which are the fiery and infectious alt rock anthems this trio creates.
Attica Riots’ name is an allusion to Kurt Vonnegut’s Hocus Pocus and references the four days of rioting and negotiations at New York’s Attica Correctional Facility. It nods to a pivotal point for prisoner and human rights in the ’70s. Seemingly in homage to the novel’s disjointed style, Attica Riots’ lyrics are rich with clever, tongue-in-cheek social commentary. They are sometimes dark, sometimes subtle, but always acute. Lead vocalist Bobby Desjarlais admits that the band is tackling “the human condition” and looking for that ever-elusive silver lining, saying, “I like to consider it optimistic cynicism, more of a realism than pessimism. We’re positive people, but also not naïve about what’s going on around us.”
The band’s identity is most palpable on the stage, which is their most natural habitat. That’s where Attica Riots come alive — commanding and charming the crowd with ease. “I want people to have fun when they’re at the show, but leave with something to think about,” says Desjarlais. Attica Riots are touring vets with an impressive resume, having garnered key looks and performances at festivals in their native region, such as Canadian Music Week, North by North East, Breakout West, and M for Montreal. They were also invited to headline Canada Day festivities in their home city, where the local symphony learned their songs and played with them in front of tens of thousands of people.
But 2016 is looking to be the year that Attica Riots – who are signed to Five Seven, which is part of Eleven Seven Music Group – make an indelible mark outside of Canada with their worldwide debut release, produced by Mark Needham (American Authors, Imagine Dragons, The Killers).
Attica Riots is available for corporate events, private shows, milestone celebrations (birthday, anniversary), fundraisers, festivals, and more.