Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Droids Attack Announce New Album, "Must Destroy," out February 2nd on Crustacean Records!

The party atmosphere is a big part of what helps distinguish Droids Attack, but if one were to experience the album without the artwork, titles or any other context, the music would still stand up. The rhythm section of bassist Nate Bush and drummer Tony Brungraber is a big part of why. Not only do they keep up with Van's riffing, but they add flavor and personality to the songs.... What Droids Attack have on their third album is a successful meshing of solid, thick riff rock with an engaging, friendly mood... I'd definitely have a beer with these dudes, even if I had to go to cold-ass Wisconsin to do it. In the meantime, drinking by myself and listening to Must Destroy will do just fine. Recommended for anyone not afraid of enjoying themselves. - The Obelisk

Droids Attack borrows from Clutch's Transnational Speedway, The Melvins' Houdini/Stoner Witch/Stag trifecta, and the get-up-and-go boogie of Hognose or Lamont. To their credit, they do more than just shellac those sounds and call them their own. This one's going in the recommended pile. -

Blazing guitar riffs, thick low end, and highly imaginative rhythm structures make up the foundation of this "heady" metal outfit from Madison, WI. Brandishing a full bodied tone and a taught signature style that slices through the sterile ceiling fan churn of our modern day Line 6 heroes like a kershaw through the warm neck flesh of a thousand infidels. The Droid's approach suggests a more natural progression between Black Sabbath and Tool, and their throw down approach to the stage has consistently lead the most scowling of metal heads to the front row beaming with delight. It is fun to have your ass kicked this good.

Since their inception in the summer of 2003, Droids Attack has risen to much acclaim throughout their Midwestern stomping grounds earning cult status in the underground metal scene for their sophomore release, Fatal/Error, which edged it's way to number 34 on FMQB's national metal charts (just behind Testament!) and earned high praises from the "all that is heavy" aficionados at On top of that, the band has also landed support spots for many notable national acts (Torche, Priestess, Nashville Pussy, Poster Children, Valient Thorr, Dead Meadow, Nick Oliveri, comedian Doug Stanhope, etc) and were featured in the platinum hit Xbox 360 game "Prey." They have been selected to perform at some of the industry's most coveted showcases,including SXSW ('08, and ‘09), and NXNE ('05, and '06).

Droids Attack was founded on the frustrations of vocalist/guitarist Brad Van, who gave up playing music after many years of performing with doomed projects. Tired of wasting his time, he instead decided to focus his creative energy on opening his first business: a full blown vintage arcade featuring classic video games from the 70's and 80's. His obsession with retro-gaming lead him to a chance meeting with Tony Brungraber, a drummer who had moved to Madison in hopes of getting involved in the city's celebrated music scene. Tony ended up landing a job at a used game store where Brad hung out and the two hit it off on their many mutual interests, which aside from tunes and vids included classic science fiction: the inspiring force behind the band‘s robotic moniker. They met for a couple of jam sessions and before long Brad had reconsidered his musical hiatus. The long and arduous search for a stable bass player was on.

Enter Nate Bush, a well seasoned veteran of the Madison rock scene (Bongzilla) and frequent gamer at Brad's arcade. Band-less for several years, he got a hold of the earliest Droids demo through a mutual friend. He genuinely dug what he heard, so Brad informed him of the open bass player position. It sparked his interest, and after a few practices it was official. They were locked in and writing new material, booking shows, and developing a relentless style intent on pummeling unsuspecting audiences at any venue they could land.

It didn't take long for the band to catch on. Based on the strength of that same first demo and a flurry of live performances, their first album All Your Chicks Are Belong To Us was immediately picked up by legendary Wisconsin indie label Crustacean Records. Shortly after it's release, it received best punk album of the year honors from the Madison Area Music Awards. Meanwhile, the band managed to build substantial interest beyond their city limits on the internet, thanks in part to their hilarious promotional video, "Let Daddy See The Cake," which mixes staged robot attacks and live performance footage. The Droids steady Attack has allowed them to break into larger Midwestern markets, nabbing regular gigs in larger surrounding cities such as Minneapolis, Chicago, and Milwaukee.

* Currently, Droids are maintaining their healthy road schedule, while gearing up for the release of their third full length album, Must Destroy, scheduled to drop early 2010. Extensive national and international touring to follow as well as other surprises to be confirmed shortly.

Droids Attack Live!
Jan 8 2010 JB's Speakeasy La Crosse, Wisconsin
Jan 9 2010 Sauce Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jan 22 2010 The Pollack Inn Wausau, Wisconsin
Feb 2 2010 The Frequency Madison, Wisconsin w/ Nick Oliveri (Special ACOUSTIC performance)
Feb 6 2010 Reggie's Music Joint Chicago, Illinois (CD release show)
Feb 13 2010 The Frequency Madison, Wisconsin (CD release show)

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