Strikes Again!
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Strikes Again!


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"Album Review"

Damn, Strikes Again! are an aggressive band. I'm not saying they're the loudest band you'll hear, or the hardest, but they play their rock songs with such drive, such unfettered propulsion, they're likely to plow you over. Or, at least, they're likely to plow over a wimp like me. This NYC band plays music that's melodic and catchy, indeed, but also like a high-speed train powered by the rage of a thousand humans that's been held inside for way too long. They play the basic rock instruments - guitars, bass, drums - so efficiently and tightly, they're going to be compared to a 'well-oiled machine' by somebody. I'll resist, and call them an uncaged beast instead. Lead singer/songwriter John van Atta can scream out his emotions like you wouldn't believe, but it always, without fail, sounds like he has real, sincere emotions that he's letting out at the top of his lungs. Strikes Again!'s publicity write-up refers to "quixotic, evocative lyrics" - I can't comment, as (not counting one impassioned cry against mediocrity, and the album-closing dream of burrowing inside another person's body, which somehow comes off as both romantic and terrifying), I haven't been able to follow the lyrics. I've been too busy getting revved up by their energy and feeling like I've been run over by a Mack truck. It's a great feeling, I tell you.
- Dave Heaton - Erasing Clouds

"Timeout NY"

Strikes Again's not-so-secret weapon is guitarist-singer John Van Atta, whose throaty, Springsteenesque roar gives the band's fuzzed-out indie rock a real sense of conviction. - Timeout New York


STRIKES AGAIN! (2005 self-titled and self-released debut album)


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Strikes Again! formed in 2002 in New York City and cut its teeth in the alternative theatre scene, playing scorching shows in black box rooms in Hell's Kitchen and the Lower East Side. Led by one-man-wrecking-ball John van Atta, they gravitated towards NY clubs. In 2005 they self-released an eponymous album and opened for The Plastic Constellations, Brakes, and The Beatings, who will release SA!'s second record on their Midriff imprint in early 2007. Most recently, SA!'s set staple, "Hell Disaster", was chosen by NYC's Fearless Music TV channel to be a contender in this year's Fearless Music Battle of the Bands.