“Under Attack are a new band, but they’re a band comprised entirely of veteran punks based in Richmond, Virginia, one of the best punk cities in the world. Drummer Dave Witte is in Municipal Waste, and he’s also been in dozens of other bands. Guitarist Mark Telfian has been in Devoid Of Faith and Limp Wrist. Bassist Jason Hodges is in the noise duo Suppression. And now they’re making fast, frantic, roiling old-school hardcore in Under Attack.”
“Every song is under two minutes, and each one offers up a pure adrenaline rush. Alex Copeland's filthy scream is no small part of what makes this EP so thrilling, but the not-so-secret weapon is Dave Witte's skull-crushing skinsmanship holding it all down.”
UNDER ATTACK is a band focused on “vicious precision hardcore” made up of vocalist Alex Copeland, guitarist Mark Telfian, bassist/vocalist Jason Hodges (Suppression, Oozing Meat), and drummer Dave Witte (Municipal Waste). Collectively, the band has an extensive “ex members of” list including Limp Wrist, Discordance Axis, Human Remains, Hail Mary, Eucharist, and many, many more. The band began a few years back, when Dave Witte and Mark Telfian connected at a party in Richmond, VA. After many meetings at Dave's food truck, Go Go Vegan Go, they talked about forming a brutal hardcore band with no gimmicks, in the spirit of predecessors like Negative Approach, Straight Ahead, and, in general, old school 80s punk and hardcore. After figuring out two other old friends to bring into the mix, the band started practicing nonstop in February of 2019. By March, they recorded a 5 song demo released in the US on Vinyl Conflict and in Europe on AutoReverse. In August of 2019, their first 7” came out on Iron Lung Records called “Through the Blade.” In February of 2021, they had a split 7” with the Dutch hardcore legends Seein Red on Autoreverse and Way Back When Records, as well as another split 7” in the works with Loose Nukes on Mutant Sound Records and a split 12” with Fright on Gloom records. Needless to say, the band is relentless in both musical approach and work ethic.
"Preservation’s Crash" was recorded by Joel Moore (touring and recording sound technician for Revocation) and Dan Gargiulo (former guitarist Revocation, current guitarist for Brain Tentacles) at the Id Zone. Mixed and mastered by Joel Moore. It will be available digitally as well as on limited edition color vinyl, via Three One G, August 27th. Preorder, here.
Cover design and layout by Matt Pleizer.
“Preservation’s Crash” continues with the band’s dark and aggressive driving force of 80s punk and hardcore influence-- with this release, really commiting to leaning into Dave’s impossibly fast, hard-hitting, manic, but uncompromising drum skills to complement Alex’s scummy vocals. This sonic assault is a mere extension of the lyrical message: in short, anger and frustration with life and society. The hostility of religious institutions that ferment self loathing. Coping with depression through life’s hardships.
01. Freedom is to Die
02. Preservation’s Crash
03. Dig Our Own Graves
05. You Must Pay
06. Designed Death
07. Blood Verses
08. Die Already