Nothing compares to the earnest, organic energy that good old rock ‘n’ roll generates.
Though the members of Attic Light come from all different genres and backgrounds, they stand as a testament to that age-old value, as the Kansas City quartet hits the Cafe Acoustic stage tonight at 9:30 p.m.
With lead singer Nathan Bowman bringing an acoustic singer-songwriter style and love for dance music, drummer Chris Hankins coming from a metalcore band, bassist Patrick Rippeto joining from the metal band Descension and guitarist Maxwell Thompson performing in the indie-pop scene, they created a nice jambalaya of rock music flavors.
”We each kind of come from completely different musical backgrounds, so it’s kind of seeing what kind of music that creates, since we’re all kind of bringing our own little style to the table,” Bowman says.
Formed in 2012, the band found the happy medium in playing riff-driven, energetic rock music that’s somewhere between the Black Keys and Foo Fighters.
“We’ve heard from several people that our songs sound so different, so it’s kind of hard to place us. I think where we’ve been generally heading to is kind of a good old rock ‘n’ roll (sound). You-can-fist-pump, you-can-move-to-it type of music,” Bowman says. “Nothing really heavy, but still good rock ‘n’ roll.”
For Attic Light, it's an ideal that they see is missing, as much of what it is played on alternative or rock radio holds itself too serious or is too cool for school.
"I like the idea of good old rock 'n' roll. Nobody says that's what they are anymore. It doesn't really mean anything to say you're an alternative band or a rock band anymore. It pretty much has no meaning," Bowman says.
The band is currently in the studio working on a demo, with plans to record something they can put their stamp on to sell to the public.
As the band works through the creative peaks and valleys that come with being a new band, Bowman says it's been an incredible journey working out the kinks and rough spots to create songs they had no idea would be generated during their sessions.
"When you get into a band atmosphere, there's a little bit of adjustment because you can't control every single (thing)," he says. "When I write a song, I have a very specific way that I know this song will turn out in the end. Then when I present it to the band, it never turns out that way. It always turns great."
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