By AtticaRageHQ, Apr 11 2018 01:52AM
ATTICA RAGE are pleased to announce that Lawrence O'Brien has joined as lead guitarist, following the recent departure of long-term guitarist Stevie Bell.
Lawrence, 22, is originally from Dunfermline, Fife and has been playing guitar since he was six years old. He teaches guitar and also performs in his own solo band project in Glasgow, where he is now based. He counts Jimi Hendrix, Paul Gilbert, Dimebag Darrell and Yngwie Malmsteen among his influences. Lawrence will make his live debut appearance with Attica Rage in May at the HRH Road Trip rock festival in Ibiza, Spain alongside Turisas, Graham Bonnet Band, Evil Scarecrow, Massive Wagons & others.
Attica Rage recently celebrated their 15 year anniversary, having formed in Glasgow in March 2003 (although the band name had existed previously in a different incarnation). Since 2008, the band has released four critically-acclaimed albums, along with singles, bonus tracks, videos and a feature-length live concert & documentary film. Reviews, blogs and airplay from the likes of Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Planet Rock, Total Rock, Hard Rock Hell Radio as well as live TV appearances have all helped the band reach a wide-spread global audience. The core fans even have their own nickname – 'Clan Attica' – which includes fans with tattoos of the band's skull mascot.
Attica Rage have clocked up hundreds of shows on headline tours across the UK & Europe as well as opening for acts such as Black Label Society, Saxon, Testament, Iced Earth, Skindred and Iron Maiden's Steve Harris British Lion amongst others. Seasoned festival veterans, highlights over the years have included Bloodstock Open Air, Download, Hard Rock Hell, Hammerfest and High Voltage, sharing bills with titans such as Judas Priest, Slash, Anthrax, Slayer, Killing Joke and Down. Attica Rage also performed at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards show party, on a boat sailing along the Thames River in London and, more recently, headlined the official Iron Maiden Trooper Beer Party at the Hard Rock Cafe on the day the metal legends visited Glasgow on their Book of Shadows World Tour.
With Lawrence O'Brien joining the established line-up of drummer and founding member Richie Rage, his brother Jonny Parr on vocals and guitar and bassist Matthew Ward, Attica Rage are at the dawn of a new chapter in 2018. Fans should look out for tour dates later in the year while writing begins this summer on songs fora brand new album in 2019.