After leaving his former band Biohazard, Evan Seinfeld is back in the public eye with his new band Attika 7
. At the age of 18, Evan got his first tattoo, a dedication emblem for his band Biohazard. Now at the age of 44, he will be getting his new band symbol for Attika 7, fellow members Rusty Coones and Tony Campos, tattooed on him. It is a symbol of his newfound voice, inspiration and new lease on life. Evan explores some of the founding principles that define Attika 7
, with its heavy belief in rebellion and the unfair justice system. With the release of his newest LP, Blood of My Enemies, Seinfeld took some time out of his schedule to talk to Inked about his transition from band to band, his personal growth as an artist and the tattoos that have marked his body along the way.
Inked: So why do you guys call yourself a super group?
Seinfeld: We really don’t, but a lot of other people seem to think it. I mean it’s amazing how it comes back like that. I think that it’s just a goof term that people use when there is a band, and guys in the band have been in other bands. It seems like nowadays, the more internet and social media there is, the more everyone feels like they have a voice or a handle to call something. But between me having been in other bands and Tony Campos having been in bands that had success, people thought that that’s what we should be called, but really we just let the music speak for itself, you know?
Inked: How did Attika 7 form?
Seinfeld: It really started with Rusty who is the founder of the band. Rusty was in prison for a long time and although he played guitar before he went away he was really more of a rock and roller during his 7 year prison sentence. He kind of taught himself metal and he wrote a lot of music. We are both from the biker world and Jesse James actually introduced us to each other originally, so we knew each other before he went away. Rusty wrote a bunch of the lyrics while he was in solitary confinement; he spent 2 years in solitary confinement. Something so in you, that most people would never have to deal with. When he got out, he called me out of the blue and was just like “Hey man, we just kicked out our singer and I was just wondering if you would fill in and do a couple of songs and shows with us.” I said okay well send me the songs and send me the lyrics, I want to look at it. And he sent it to me and I was completely blown away, I was floored. The intensity and the anguish and the pain of the lyrics that he wrote in prison, it really touched me and inspired me and I wanted to be involved.
Inked: So you wanted something that was more worthwhile and you found it with Attika.
Seinfeld: I wanted something that I could sink my teeth into, you know, not to sound corny or anything but reading the desperate lyrics that Rusty wrote in prison, knowing how unfair the system is, it gave me that new rebellious fire that is kind of like the eye of the tiger if you wish. It really inspired me, and that is something that you can’t bottle.
Inked: Why are all the members of Attika 7 essential to the band?
Seinfeld: It’s funny because we will be making the announcement probably early next week that we have actually beefed up the lineup a little bit. So that’s really not the best question for today, but I guess the saying goes; you can’t make soup without the salt and pepper. Or as Sammi would say, without the Matzah Balls. I guess with Attika 7, the concept started with Rusty with his dark savvy greasy rifts and me adding in the dark melodies. I always really wanted to sing and I always felt like throughout all the music progress I did in my life, I was stuck in a box. And it’s partially my own fault, being in situations that were a little too structured or writing with other people who were afraid to step outside of the box and really go after certain melodies. A lot of people who are in the metal scene or like hard-core kind of shy away from hooks and melodies because they are afraid that it’s not going to sound hard or heavy or tough. I think when Rusty and I got together we came up with the secret sauce. When me and Rusty write songs, its really the most creative and natural situation that I have ever been in and I really don’t know how to explain it other than that we really are best of friends. We just both want it to sound like you know, some kind of pissed off biker voodoo.