Photos & words by Monica Skipper
Last month, self-proclaimed “party metal” band Attila made their way through Milwaukee on their Let’s Get Abducted tour. The show was a crazy one to say the least, complete with vulgar jokes and all. Here’s our shots from the night!
We could write a whole essay of Fronz’ vulgar jokes and banter, but instead, we’ll give you the full lowdown on the chaos (see what we did there?) that went down that night.
First up we had Cane Hill, a band that got the crowd going better than most we’ve seen before. On the surface Cane Hill seems like your classic head-banging metal band you’d see play the Monster stage at Warped Tour, but there’s some sort of indescribable grit to them. Vocalist Elijah Witt definitely knows how to get an early crowd not just energized, but also genuinely into the music. With the talent and stage presence to boot, we’re sure Cane Hill will be one of the scene’s next breakthrough groups.
Speaking of breakthrough groups, next up was metal band Bad Omens. Bad Omens have been pushing their way through the cracks of the scene since October 2016, with the release of their self-titled debut album. Although they had a more subdued stage presence, it’s clear that they were putting all efforts into playing the music the right way. However, with their powerhouse singles “Glass Houses” and “The Worst in Me”, all hands are on deck for aggression and pure fun. By the looks of the huge mosh pit that erupted in the center of the room during their last song, the crowd felt the same way.
Shortly after Bad Omens’ triumphant exit, hard rockers New Years Day took the stage in the most empowerful way. Vocalist Ash Costello is walked on stage by a crew member while decked out in crutches, and soon ditches them for a railing front and center. Costello performed the whole set, standing up, while wearing a full leg cast. Is that not the most badass thing ever? Throughout the entirety of the set our mind was blown at how determined Costello and her bandmates are, given that she broke her foot just days before the tour but they still trucked on. Despite the slight hiccup, New Years Day put on a performance of a lifetime and left the crowd anxiously waiting for their return to Milwaukee.
Chances are, if you’ve heard of Attila, you already know that this was one hell of a set. Vocalist Chris “Fronz” Fronzak has absolutely no filter when it comes to his banter, and no remorse either. The set seemed to go in a rotation of vulgar jokes to hype up the crowd and then an energetic song to follow, and so on – but that’s just Attila’s style. Every song performed had the crowd jumping and the wooden floor feeling like it was about to bust open. The crowd’s actions were giving Attila’s stage presence a run for its money, with men sliding around shirtless on the floor or doing the worm. (Yes, you read that correctly.) Wild is an understatement when it comes to the whole atmosphere of the room during their set, and the energies fed off each other for the whole 13-song set.
Complete with Fronz’ jokes about sleeping with a crowd member’s accompanying wife, (and other things we probably shouldn’t say), Attila’s return was a memorable one to say the least. Especially since the night ended with a brawl between Attila and venue security for throwing around fans, which we’re sure you’ve already heard about given the amount of views on the video.
You can check out all of the action yourself when the Let’s Get Abducted tour makes its way to your town (dates below!), or take a look through our gallery.