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"Reviews // Attaboy - Being Remade"

Attaboy “Being Remade” [Independent] 2010

After releasing a solid full length in 2009 titled “Shout”, this independent band is back with a new album “Being Remade”. We reviewed their last album on IVM and I figured I’d write a little review about my love for this new one. “Being Remade” starts off with the Stellar Kart-ish track “California” which is quite an addictive little ditty about longing for California. “Everything Matters” is the next track on this album and it’s an inspirational cry out to treasure those around you and showing that “Everything Matters”. The song is complete with guitar solos and explosive drumming. “For a Rainy Day” is up next and is led in by a piano with bouncy melodies and vocals similar to Relient K “Must Have Done Something Right” if anyone remembers that album ;) “I’m Sorry” is up next and continues the pop punk trend with more guitar solos and melodies that get stuck in your head. “More Like You” has a nice piano touch leading the song along. This vocalist has a knack for writing catchy pop punk anthems that inspire and lead you in sing a long sessions. “The Only One” is a love song towards God that has a bouncy rhythm section with guitars that actually sound good on an independent album. “This is Love” follows up next and is a haunting ballad sung out of despair. “Wait on You”, “We Sing”, and “Whose You Are” are the final three tracks on this album and they continue the pop punk tradition with inspirational lyrics. If you’re looking for pop-punk/alt-rock that isn’t snotty or played without talent, then check out Attaboy. Any label that doesn’t sign this band is seriously insane. For fans of: Relient K, Runner Runner, Stellar Kart, FM Static, We the Kings, Goo Goo Dolls. MUST BUY iTunes Release Score: 8/10 - Indie Vision Music


"Pop band by happy accident"

Emma Downs - The Journal Gazette

The Huntington University grads who make up the pop band Attaboy didn’t set out to be a successful rock band. Or a Christian band, for that matter. Rooted in alternative rock and power pop, it took some time before the band began delivering its spiritual message: writing lyrics that travel the breadth of human experience – from the high to the low.

“When I write lyrics, I try to envision the most specific situation possible,” pianist and vocalist Amos Caley says. “Then I try to step back and use vague and general language. This way, the song is written about a specific person or circumstance in my life, but hopefully lots of people can also relate. We try to relate lyrically to the most joyful and hurtful times in people lives and try to be as hopeful as we can.”

Originally, the members of the band – Caley, guitarist Jeff Edgel and bassist Chris Brumbaugh – didn’t listen to much Christian music, preferring to draw influences from rock/pop outfits such as Jimmy Eat World. But after finding their niche playing Christian outreach events – Bible camps, youth groups and church festivals – they found a religious focus that had been integral to their music all along, Caley says.

“Our belief is that both Christian kids and non-Christian kids need Jesus,” he says. “They need hope. They need to believe their lives count for something. That’s the message our band tries to communicate. We have found our only real hope to be in Christ. However, we feel that our overall message is both for the churched and the unchurched alike.”

The band’s song “Wait On You” – a jangling pop ode to finding the path to patience – began getting radio play this year. For the past six weeks, the single has been a staple on Billboard’s Christian CHR (Contemporary Hit Radio) Top 30.

“We live in a very impatient society, and we’re used to getting what we want immediately,” Caley says. “When it comes to our relationship with God, it gets even worse. So we knew when we recorded that song that it would have lots of relevance with our society.”

The band is on tour in support of its latest album, “Shout,” joining the Rock Hop & Roll tour and gigging around the Midwest. Success continues to unfold for the group, despite its original motivation, Caley says.

“We never really set out to be a successful rock band,” he says. “(We) met in college and enjoyed playing music so we just kept playing. Now we’re humbled, to say the least.” - The Journal Gazette, Ft. Wayne, IN


"Reviews // Attaboy - Shout"

Band: Attaboy
Title: Shout
Label: N/A
Release Date: 2009
Review By: Scott L

Tracklisting:

01. Shout
02. Ready To Run
03. In A Sense
04. Feel
05. Lost And Found
06. On My Wall
07. Dangerous
08. I Don’t Wanna Fight

I have to admit that when I got this EP in the mail, I was less than excited. As a reviewer I know that it’s my job to do my best to lay aside my personal biases and provide as impartial a review as possible. But seriously, who can do that? My dilemma was that I’m just not a big fan of pop-punk. And with a name like Attaboy, I just knew these guys were gonna be pop-punk. Boy was I wrong. And boy was I happy about it. Because boy is this a sweet CD.

Attaboy is a 3-piece out of Indiana that plays a radio-friendly, pop-oriented alt-rock that has a maturity not often seen in the indie market. This may be partially due to the fact that “Shout” is their fourth actual release in just the last few years. They seem to work hard and are rewarded for it with a quality sounding product. Not to mention that I heard Ian Eskelin’s ever so distinct influence on a couple tracks. These guys have a sound that would fit in well with the likes of We Shot The Moon, Parade The Day, and Valencia. Upbeat and flowing easily through the songs, they speed up, slow down, throw in some keys, and let out the groove… generally keeping you guessing and keeping things fresh. Any one of these songs could be in regular radio rotation. And a couple of them honestly should be in regular radio rotation.

Lyrically, Attaboy’s 8-song EP, “Shout”, is all about looking at life through a positive attitude. The reality of pain and hardship is there, but it’s always followed up with hope and encouragement. Check out “Ready To Run”, which says, “why do I stay in the same place / when there’s so much more to see / why do I wear the same old face / when there’s so much more to me / how can I / knowing what I know / sit here in this town / how can I / keep on walking slow / when it’s time for moving out / I’m ready to run / I’m ready to run / a brand new day’s about to come / I’ll be doing what I’ve never done / I’m ready to run”. Or how about the song “In A Sense”, a nifty play on words that says, “pain, pain, go away / come again another day / when I have the strength to stand up / my heart’s been beaten and bruised enough / another day another rejection / one more defeat for my collection / in a sense / it’s too late to return to innocence / once you’ve been exposed”.

“If we could sum up our mission as a band, it would be to address the deeper questions regarding life and spirituality, while offering very real hope,” says Caley. “While recording new, thoughtful music is part of that, our favorite part is to pack it all in a van and hit the road in an effort to meet and interact with as many people as possible.”

Standout track was definitely the title track “Shout”. It opens the EP with a bit of dreamy sounding guitars before breaking into an anthemic rock song. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if this is the tune that kicks off the live show. It’s just a smooth as ice, high energy song with a super infectious groove that’s geared to get the crowd up and moving.

Apparently these guys were formerly known as Hot Sundae. While that remains unsubstantiated, if that is in fact true… these guys get an ‘A’ in wise-name-changes 101. Because what’s a hot sundae without the fudge anyway? Melted ice cream. Where as an ‘attaboy’ is a word of encouragement. Way cooler and far less mess.. even if it sounds a bit pop-punk.

Overall: If you’re already a fan of Attaboy, you can expect the same high quality and catchy music as on previous releases… literally with 2 of the songs. But, hey, there’s still 6 new ones. If you’ve never heard of these guys, “Shout” is a great place to start. Especially if you like pop rock with a dash of flash.

- Indie Vision Music


Discography

Being Remade - June 2010
Shout - May 2009
California EP - April 2008
So Much for Today - July 2007

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Attaboy is the little indie band that could. Three years of hard work have reaped over 450 performances, 3 CD releases, and 2 successful radio campaigns, all without the help of a major label. Their song "Wait On You" spent 9 weeks on Billboard's Christian CHR Top 30 chart, and "California" is their second and current single released nationwide.

"It's not that we're completely opposed to signing to a label," says guitarist Jeff Edgel, "but we've loved the freedom to make decisions for ourselves and prayerfully walk through the doors as they open. Plus, it's been a great experience building momentum with hard work."

And the momentum is certainly building. With more national tours on the horizon and a brand new album titled "Being Remade," the group shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. But amid the adrenaline and anticipation, Attaboy remains fiercely grounded to their purpose. According to Edgel, “the new album and opportunities are definitely exciting, but we consider it nothing short of a miracle that we get to play music, interact with people, and worship God for a living. It’s a humbling privilege.”