Welcome to Orlando Weekly
's "Band of the Week
." Every week, we highlight one of our favorite local bands. This week, we're pleased to bring you the Attack
The Attack plays Back Booth on Jan. 20 with Koffin Kats.
Just the facts:
Who's in the band?
Charlie Bender: vocals
Brad Palkevich: guitar
Mikey Cortes: bass
Fernando Esquiaqui: drums
When did the band form?
The Attack formed roughly around 2009. Informally, [we got together] a little bit earlier as a way to play music in the wake of Spitvalves' (Charlie, Mikey, Tito’s previous band) breakup
Currently available releases:
New Release: On Condition
Previous Full-Length: Of Nostalgia and Rebellion
We have a cool show coming up with our friends The Koffin Kats at Back Booth on Friday January 20th, then we hit the road for about a month with Less Than Jake, Pepper, and The Bunny Gang. That tour hits the St. Augustine Amphitheater, which we are really excited about.
Describe your sound in five words:
Reminiscent of bands you love. or
Fun,Fast, Exciting, Passionate, Positive
What has been your most memorable show so far?
This is a tough one, we’ve gotten to play with so many of our heroes in great cities and famous venues, but one of the most memorable has to be performing with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones at the 9:30 Club in D.C.
Which local band is your favorite one to play a show with?
Two of us (Brad and Charlie) own Enemy Ink, so we get to work with and play with a lot of locals. We love all the dudes in Panther Camp and Thomas Wynn and The Believers. However time, history, friendship, and humor will always point to our buddies the Supervillains.
What description gets used for your band that you would most like to correct people on? Why?
This is one where we are pretty lucky; almost every description includes sounds styles and bands we love. We just had a review in Alternative Press that referenced Rancid, Face to Face, and the Bouncing Souls. We can’t complain about that at all.
What’s your favorite thing about being an Orlando band? What's your least favorite? Why?
Our favorite thing about Orlando is its vibrant, growing music scene with one of the largest universities in the country and tons of new music fans. Least favorite? Most of them listen to lousy EDM. It’s the worst.
Any big news to share?
Right now, the biggest thing on our horizon is performing on Flogging Molly’s Salty Dog Cruise. Three days at sea with our friends in tons of bands like Voodoo Glow Skulls, the Bouncing Souls, and Less than Jake along with legends like NOFX and the English Beat. It sails out of Miami early March. We can’t wait.