They burst onto the scene in 2011 with an energetic fusion of styles under the umbrella of hard rock. Since then Attik Door have been fine-tuning their sound while performing in various venues around the Bay Area in San Francisco. The group is comprised of five distinctive talents hailing from the former USSR. Alex Shrayber is the band’s leader/songwriter and one of its guitarists; the other is Tim Shulepov. Adorning AD’s jarring mélange of hard and melodic riffs with equally aggressive vocals is Liana Tovmasyan. The fingers behind the driving bass belong to Margarita Grabarova and those on the sticks are Igor Boyko’s.
Make room for Attik Door
Attik Door’s sound is comparable to the hard, almost-metal style you’ll hear from Three Days Grace or Breaking Benjamin. But if you’re into female-fronted bands like No Doubt and Paramore you will also find a place in your heart, and collection, for Attik Door. You can start by downloading their debut self-titled EP which was released in 2013. As you leaf through the 6 cuts you will get the impression of a bunch of gifted musicians influenced by a collage of artists feeling for their own identity. The production is a bit sketchy but there is undoubtedly quality in the musicianship and innovation in the songwriting. And the passion in Tovmasyan’s delivery is real.
Come 2015 the group has further refined their sound to bring us their first full-length album ‘Never In Agreement’. The project has been a year and a half in the making and showcases incredible growth by the band. Which is not to say they’ve stopped pushing the envelope in terms of incorporating new musical ingredients into their signature sound.
Showcasing their versatility
A good example of the band’s willingness to cross genre boundaries is the album’s fourth track ‘California’. It starts off like a classic alt-rock joint but as soon as Liana gets busy on the vox the song takes on a country hue. There are also hints of pop before the hook kicks in, accompanied by heavy riffs. Things get heavier and louder in ‘Cyber World’ as the topic of discussion changes to the faceless, heartless computer-reliant reality we live in today. Attik Door further display their versatility with ‘Moody’ which can easily be slipped into any garage rock album. Again there is a change in theme with the lyrics taking a more introspective turn.
After ingesting the 10 tracks you come to the conclusion that Never In Agreement is an accomplished record by a band with a distinct identity, but which is not afraid to mix it up. Sample the track ‘Posers’ from this brilliant LP:
Miami Based, Internationally Known