Must See: Watch Attila Perform In A Michigan Backyard In 2008


Everyone has to start somewhere, and for many bands that means playing any show that is willing to have you. Sometimes that means you get to open for cool headliners, but more often than not it means opening a show with an oversized lineup or playing venues your favorite bands would never dare add to their own tour itineraries. This is a story about the latter.

In 2008, Attila were a baby band with breakdowns and bad attitudes to spare. They were far from the genre headliners they are today, and spent a lot of their time booking shows in any town that would welcome them. One day the band found themselves in Michigan, where they played before crowd of what looks to be twenty people or less in the middle of someone’s backyard. Oh, and it was in the middle of the afternoon. The audio is pretty shitty, but you can experience an early version of Attila’s live show below:

We’re not the biggest fans of Attila. In fact, most of us prefer to pretend as if they do not exist, but I have to be honest and say I gained a bit of respect for the guys after watching this clip. A lot of the young bands you see on major tours today never had to play the kind of shows Attila had to in order to earn their place in the scene. You might not like what they do, but you can’t say they haven’t paid their dues.

Attila’s latest album, Guilty Pleasure, is available now wherever music is sold.

James Shotwell

James Shotwell is the founder of Under The Gun Review. He loves writing about music and movies almost as much as he loves his two fat cats. He's also the co-founder of Antique Records and the Marketing Coordinator for Haulix. You should probably follow him on Twitter.

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