Without further ado, and just in time for their record release show, here’s an interview with Atterkop! Very happy to be one of the labels assisting in the release of their first full length! On this side of the pond you can get a copy of of the album from Rebel Time Records …
Reviews have started rolling in, with The Punk Archive saying, in part, that the album is a “consistent, eleven strong, full-length debut of quality ska-punk, at times littered with a darker, heavier, more thrash-orientated edge than what is normally expected. It pays off massively, with the dubbier sections showcasing the band’s musical sensitivity and the punkier sections detailing the group’s more personal side. Whilst still a fair way off from smashing the system, it’ll at least be likely to be monopolising people’s speakers long after its release.”
Music for social change, not profit!
What (or who) the heck is an ‘Atterkop’?? Other than the fact that you are from Bristol, England and have regular hang-outs with our pals in Spanner, we really don’t know a whole lot about you lot. How about an introduction?
Okay, so ‘Atterkop’ consists of Chris (vocals), Ian (Guitar), Luke (Drums) and Alex (Bass). We first started playing together in the late winter of 2012. Three of us were in a very short lived, but thoroughly enjoyable punk band called Private Gain, which disbanded due to our beloved bass player Geoff having to move back to New Zealand, so myself (chris), Luke and Alex wanted to continue playing together but fancied something different and aimed to start a political dub/reggae band… it was something none of us had ever really done before and figured it would be worth a punt! So I called my friend Ian who played in an instrumental reggae band ‘One Shot’, and asked him if he wanted to come to a practice and well, within one practice it was established that we weren’t going to be leaving punk behind any time soon! We kept the band under wraps for 6-7months until we had a full 30 minutes worth of music. Then come the end of spring 2013, I spoke to a few friends of ours who booked gigs around the country and made it known that we had a new band. Then before we knew it we had a 4 consecutive gigs booked.. but NO name… enter ‘Atterkop’. It was a band name that I had at the back of my mind for a few years and thought that perhaps this was the perfect time to finally get it used. The word, (actually spelt Attercop) is typically Old English and translates to “poison head”, and was often used to refer to ill natured persons or feared beings. Also, for anyone familiar with the hobbit, Attercop is the name that a certain Bilbo Baggins gave to the spiders…
So the concept for the song “Every Boy, Every Girl” is something that had been floating around in my mind for a while. I have always found it incredibly infuriating how we as individuals are expected to conform to the gender binary. We are somewhat forced to subscribe to the Male or Female category and throughout history the association with
either one of these gender roles brings particular stereotypes. It is these stereotypes that we wanted to attack and deconstruct with this song. Mainstream media plays a huge role in attempting to dictate and force their ideas and perceptions of how each specific gender category should behave, dress, interact and dream. People have the right to be who they want to be and if you feel that the connotations and guidelines of Female or Male labels are weak then that’s okay. It is okay if these labels do not fully describe you. It is okay to break away from that. But in the same breath If you are able to subscribe to the binary then that too is okay, we are just trying to highlight that whether you are happy with it or not, there are rigid stereotypes and expectations of gender roles within society and that is what we have an issue with. As I said previously, you can be whatever you want to be.