This mid-60s Mod-influenced UK group (formerly known as The Soul System) were signed to Don Arden’s agency, Galaxy Entertainments, in the hope of emulating other mod protégés The Small Faces. Their debut release for Decca was a version of The Standells‘ Try It.
The Attack released further singles, including Colour Of My Mind and Neville Thumbcatch on Decca, but they were all unremarkable slices of psych-pop.
The band also became embroiled in a battle with Jeff Beck after recording a cover version of his Hi-Ho Silver Lining in 1967.
An album, Roman Gods Of War, was recorded but never released.
A posthumous compilation album, Magic In The Air, was eventually released. Tracks like Magic In The Air, Strange House, Freedom For You and Colour Of My Mind all deserve their high place in British freakbeat/psych history.
Perhaps with a more stable line-up, The Attack would have reached farther than they did.
Peter ‘Barney’ Barnfield