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Attika 7

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ATTIKA 7, a brand new band featuring former Static-X bassist Tony Campos — who is also the touring bassist for Prong — began as a seed of an idea in the brain of guitarist Rusty Coones, a Hells Angel and custom motorcycle maker who began writing songs for the band’s debut while he was in prison. Additionally, Pennywise’s Fletcher Dragge co-wrote songs with Attika 7. It’s clear that this project is as unconventional as it gets, from its inception through its execution.

The music is dark and doomy, as influenced by the sludge-caked riffs of Pantera as it is the industrial crunch of White Zombie, with a dose of whiskey-drenched vocals. “The first couple of years of being incarcerated in federal prison were probably the most dismal point of my life,” Coones told Noisecreep.

But he made lemonade out of some pretty sour lemons. “I was sentenced to eight years in prison for conspiracy to distribute ephedrine, of which I actually spent over five and a half years inside. I had a lot of time to kill and I read every book I came across the first couple of years. After I was transferred to Oregon, I got inspired to pick up the guitar again and start playing music.”

Thanks to a band program in the prison, Coones — who started playing guitar at the age of nine — was playing rock and blues with some of his fellow inmates. He said, “I was writing my own blues and rock songs and bringing them to the band.” But it didn’t last. A prison riot ensued, and he was transferred to a Texas prison to serve out the rest of his sentence, where he joined a new blues band.

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