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Attic Of Love @ Brick By Brick

San Diego, California, USA

San Diego, California, USA

Attic Of Love @ The Viper Room

W. Hollywood, California, USA

W. Hollywood, California, USA

Attic Of Love @ The Emergency Room

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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Concert Review
Big Day Out 2:
Blink 182, Green Day, Cold..and Attic Of Love
June 2, 2002

Summer Starts with punk party
By Greg Haymes

“Attention! Moshing may take place. Be aware of your surroundings. Moshing and entering a moshing area may be dangerous and is at your own risk….

So declared the signs posted throughout the amphitheater at Saratoga Performing Arts Center as the Spa City venue opened its 2002 season with a punk-rock party featuring Blink 182 and Green Day.

… Local Heroes Attic Of Love cranked out a short set of progressive alt-metal to open the festivities, as bare-chested vocalist-flutist Andrew Tisbert led his cohorts through raging anthems like “Klorox,””Therapy” and the new “Lesson” with a punishing Tool-meets- Jethro Tull approach - Troy Record

By J. Eric Smith
Albany, NY
April 6, 2000

…So I scooted downstairs when I couldn't stand it anymore and caught a bit of Attic and Love, who I had seen ages ago, narrowly losing to Swingset (remember them?) in a battle of the bands at Smoothy's (remember them?) The flute-fortified four-piece immediately addressed and dispensed with the inevitable Jethro Tull comparisons by opening with a crunchy version of stock Tull chestnut "Cross-Eyed Mary." It was well-done, as were their later Rage Against the Machine and Pearl Jam covers--but none of those three songs held candles against the raw power of their own fare. So while Attic of Love could do very well on the tribute circuit if they chose to go that way, I certainly hope I get to see them again in another five years, winning big crowds and praise as one of Northeastern New York's most original hard-rock, original-song-playing ensembles.

Best Flautist
Andrew Tisbert
(Attic of Love)
We know, as soon as we say “flautist,” visions of Ian Anderson singing “Cross-Eyed Mary” pop into your head. But there are other things that can be done with a flute in a rock & roll setting, and Attic of Love’s Andrew Tisbert does many of them very, very well. The coolest thing, though, is that instead of doing them atop aspirated-sounding, folkified Brit-rock, he does them in front of an ass-kicking, Tool-flavored modern metal band. Gotta see it to believe it. - Metroland Magazine

Live & Lively
By Don Wilcock, The Record

Attic of Love exploded from the stage into the audience at Northern Lights like flaming red napalm to grab the Battle of the Bands contest by the throat.

So intense was their delivery in winning the competition, it was almost as if they'd intimidated their win over the three other competing local bands….

…"I think that we're a really consistent band," says Tisbert, "and when we get excited about playing somewhere, it comes off the stage. We like to play. I don't think there's any place on this planet I don't feel more free or more utterly myself than on stage. It brings out in me what I believe I am."

What Tisbert is is a study in contrasts. His flute playing obviously gets compared to Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. Like Anderson, Tisbert breaks through the "Locomotive Breath" intensity of a band that makes the term heavy rock an understatement to deliver horn lines with a subtlety of a ballerina in full flight.

While he admits Jethro Tull's influence, he says it's simply by default. No other heavy rock bands have featured a flute player worth mentioning….

…The tightrope Tisbert walks between the lacy flute runs and Drew's steel-furnace guitar and Jim Gould's thundering bass makes for an intense delivery underscored by Tisbert's speedball vocals.

The dynamic had the crowd moshing at Northern Lights, with a couple of bodies being hoisted 10 to 15 feet in the air. Tisbert says this is nothing compared to the 4th of July shows the band does in their hometown bar, Flanigan's, in Schroon Lake.
- The Record


Rock in a Hard Place
By: Paul Goldsmith
December 2003

…One of the most promising bands in northern New York State, Attic of Love may well prove Tisbert right. With a professional sound that rivals many major-label acts, the group has built a thriving regional fan base and earned themselves semi-celebrity status in the Capital Region and the southeastern Adirondack Park. At once blistering and melodic, their music is a potent, yet refined, take on today’s progressive heavy metal. Combining the surgical brutality of guitar player Dru Gillings and the jackhammer rhythm section of bassist Jim Gould and drummer Mike Speziali with Tisbert’s soaring vocals, cryptic lyrics and Eastern-influenced flute work, the band boasts a modern, anything-but-lighthearted sound not unlike multi-platinum-selling bands Tool or Rage Against the Machine. Attic of Love’s passionate, thunderingly manic live shows and their reliance on mostly original material set them apart from the bulk of regional acts….

…Following the release of their finest album, the self-produced Lessons, they were named the Capital Region’s “Most Original Band” after winning a contest sponsored by radio station WHRL, earning an opening slot for a Green Day/Blink 182 show at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in front of a crowd of fourteen thousand people….
- Adirondack Life


“…Attic Of Love exploded onto the stage with enough enthusiasm to win a world war! The singer was an amazing vocalist, as well as a flute player – the flute was in perfect sync with the riffs being blasted by the rest of the band…”
Rock & Read Magazine, Albany,NY

“Instead of making it sound of wimpy, diluted or just plain stupid, the flute actually gives the music sort of a mystical, ethereal hint that, accompanied by some of the most intelligent, insightful lyrics I’ve ever heard, creates a sound that’s in a class by itself…This is the only band I’ve ever heard that has the balls to mix kick-ass rock’n’roll together with the flute and still end up with a very legit sound.”
Ami Johnson,Head-Ache Fan Magazine,WN

“…Andrew Tisbert’s thoroughly sweet and rounded flute melodies swirl and soar above Andrew Gilling’s crushing guitar chords….”
Karl S. Brunig,Glens Falls Chronicle,NY

“…Their music can be described as poetic, intelligent, creative, and energetic alternative rock. The thing that makes this band special is their ability to write and perform excellent original music. Attic of Love's original music is well structured and intelligent. …The songs are explosive, and can drift from calm and rhythmic to hard hitting and raw. …The live shows are just awesome. …They deliver a great performance consistently….”
Nick Tisencheck,
- Various

Picture Tool doing a compilation with Jethro Tull...
Reviewer: cavedude
An awsome mixture of hard hitting rock and time inspired melodical foregrounds, with incredibly deep and insightfull lyrics. This CD is making me feel really philosophical right now, lol. Definately inspires a great mood, but you must see them live to really feel it, as I have the pleasure of saying (Riverwood, Casey's North, Luna's Underground, Big Day Out II).

Reviewer: Mona Lisa
The Lesson’s album is the best representation of live Attic of Love to date. Every song has raw drive, and the sentiments and mood of the music resonates. Tisbert really knows how to economize his language, which I find appealing. His stark metaphors and images prove more evocative and sophisticated than any other contemporary rock lyricist I can think of. This is, hands down one of the best albums I own. It always moves me.

It's All Good !!
Reviewer: Tony
From the killer riffs on the title track to the haunting melody of Uncomplicated, this cd has it all. The album is also lyrically sound, which is refreshing in this day and age when a lot of bands think of lyrics as just filler. Awesome album, great follow up to Being You.

Better with every listen.
Reviewer: Garrett
Why are these guys not super giants in the industry?. More Balls than Creed. More creative than Pearl Jam. Throw back Tull sounds that nobody has touched since Tull. all strong dynamic Anthems. Buy this album and tell your friends!

This CD is amazing
Reviewer: Sparky
Lessons is truely a magnificent CD. Every song is well written, with good beats and contains messages that the listener can relate to. - Cd Baby Customers - The Daily Vault

The Ripple Effect
Friday, May 16, 2008
Attic of Love - Being You

I don't remember too much about 1997. Not that I was inebriated beyond all belief or anything. It's just that I'm getting old and having a harder time remembering some of the little things. I do know that my wife and I started going out in '97. Shit . . . if I forgot that, well . . . I don't want to go into it. The other thing that stands out in 1997 is the debut album from Attic of Love called Being You. What? You never heard of it? Shocking.

I know. You're thinking, "Attic of Love. What are they? Some sort of peace loving acoustic hippy outfit?" The short answer to that is, no. The somewhat longer answer goes something like this. Attic of Love are a four piece rock band that embraces the harder edged post-grunge grit of bands like Candlebox and Tool and mixes it with the '60's psychedelic progressive rock of Jethro Tull. Loud and abrasive, but tempered with the strong song dynamics, a sense of melody, and outstanding composition. Oh right, and there's a lot of flute playing going on here. Don't worry. It's a whole lot cooler than you think.

You can get a great feel for what this album is about from the first minute of the disc. "Stealing Einstein's Brain" opens with Michael Speziali bashing the hell out of his drums. Seconds later, a smoldering guitar riff provided by Andrew Gillings with bass accompaniment from Michael Sutfin create a bitchin' wall of bluesy alt-metal groove. Mere seconds after that, the first strains of the flute pierce the classic rock soundings. And, immediately after that, and once he's caught his breath, the buttery smooth, Ian Anderson-esque vocals of Andrew Tisbert begins telling us of a plot to swipe the preserved brain of Albert Einstein from some dude's bookshelf. Guitar solos, for the most part, are replaced by Tisbert's flute prowess, and in so many ways, he works the solos better than most guitarists would handle the parts. Check out the flute work at the 4:12 mark of "Einstein's Brain," and you'll get a taste of some Tull influence. Very cool!

Second track, "Cripples in Love," starts off with acoustic guitars before the band unleashes a wave of melodic groove over the melody. Commendable bass work and impassioned vocals drive this tune. "Hold My Family" is a dark lyrical tune that describes the American foster system and how families are torn apart. The imagery is vivid and the music, in the vein of Tool, compliments the lyrics perfectly. The opening of "Corpse" has a jazzy quality to it, and in many ways, may be the best track on the album. Again, the bass work is phenomenal as it rhythmically noodles over Gillings' clean toned strumming. Tisbert's vocal approach on the whole song is so filled with emotion that you'd swear that this is the most important thing that he's ever sung.

Listening to Being You kind of pisses me off because this album was ten times better than anything on the air in 1997. Didn't Re-Load come out in '97? Here we are again with a quality musical offering that got swept under the rug. Attic of Love deserved a hell of a lot more attention than they received for this work. Listen to the title track and get blown away. This song has Iron Maiden written all over it. Instead of dual guitar harmonies, the flute plays the role of the second guitar. The instrumental break in the middle of the tune is out of this world. Flute solo, guitar solo, bass notes weaving in and out of the jam. Epic and sprawling, this tune makes me want to pick up my guitar and write a concerto!

Other stand out tracks are the Tool inspired "Klorox," and the lyrically brilliant "Cambodia." The latter track is not for the weak of stomach because Tisbert can paint a as grisly a picture as there is. But, sometimes we need to be reminded of the ugly reality of hate. It's dark, my friends. All in all, Being You is a tuneful offering. Music that's full of rock, littered with compassion, a little sprinkling of sentimentality, and lyrically uber-intelligent. Basically, it's an album with so much depth that you'll need scuba gear to grasp the full weight of it.

You can find a copy of the disc by following the links listed below, and you'll want to do that versus the way I found my copy. Me? Oh, I found mine by thumbing through a quarter mile of haphazardly tossed CD's with the ole Racer. In fact, that was the music run where after hearing the same click-click-click of plastic CD cases for nearly four hours, I flipped out and started break dancing on the cold concrete floor. Now, I don't want any Waveriders to have to go to such extremes, so take the easy route. Contact the band and asked real nice-like on how you too can acquire this gem for your collection. - Pope JTE - The Ripple Effect


"Being You" (1997 Album on Ocean Records)

"Lessons" (2002 Independent Album Release)



With the release of their CD Lessons and their captivating live performances, Attic Of Love, early in their career, became one of New York's premier Rock bands. Attic Of Love, now currently based in Los Angeles, continue to expand their worldwide fan base.

Their music can be described as poetic, intelligent, creative, and energetic alternative heavy rock. The thing that makes this band special is their ability to write and perform excellent original music. Attic of Love's original music is well structured and intelligent . The songs are explosive, and can drift from calm and rhythmic to hard hitting and raw. The live shows are just awesome, they always deliver a great performance. Whether it's 5 or 5,000 people in the crowd, Attic Of Love's shows are intense, passionate and compelling. Ultimately, this is what propelled them to an opening slot on a leg of "THE POP DISASTER TOUR" for headliners Greenday, Blink 182 and COLD. J. Eric Smith of the Metroland Magazine in Albany, NY, writes, "(You) gotta see it to believe it." Don Wilcock (music journalist who writes for many publications including Rolling Stone, and is president of the National Blues Association) wrote that the band "exploded" from the stage "like flaming red napalm." "At once blistering and melodic, their music is a potent, yet refined, take on today's progressive heavy metal," says Paul Goldsmith (Adirondack Life, Dec. 2003). "Combining the surgical brutality of guitar player Drew with Andrew's soaring vocals, cryptic lyrics and Eastern-influenced flute work, the band boasts a modern, anything-but-lighthearted sound." See them live, and you will not be disappointed.