Spotlight Band: Against All Will
Every once in awhile I have some spare time to chill out and surf the web. When I do, it’s usually to look for new music and artists that will blow me away. One night, a few months ago, I became infatuated with Against All Will. Somehow I know it will turn into a long term relationship.
Against All Will, a Los Angeles based band, released their EP, A Rhyme & Reason, in 2009 and they haven’t looked back. The group features guitarist Jimmy Allen, formerly with Puddle Of Mudd, lead singer Jeff Current of Seven Story Drop, bassist Cello Dias from Soulfly, and drummer Steve Wilson from the Dead Kennedys.
This unique lineup makes an extremely cohesive group of musicians who create music that is addicting, gaining a large fan base. The songwriting is impeccable and the proof is in the pudding. Jimmy Allen, the band’s axe-slinger, has co-written many of Puddle Of Mudd’s early hits, such as “Drift And Die”, “She Hates Me” and “Blurry” along with many other artists, such as Buckcherry, Cinder Road and Bif Naked. Some of the bands influences are Jimmy Page, Johnny Cash, Metallica, Guns ‘N Roses, Nirvana, Bob Dylan and Sully Erna. They are also driven by fast cars, faster women, the odds stacked against them in life and the economy for fueling the will to succeed.
In March 2010, the quartet released the single “All About You”, remixed by produce Jeff Tomei, who’s worked with Jerry Cantrell, Smashing Pumpkins, and Matchbox 20. This opened the door and sparked the interest of many listeners. Shortly thereafter, the tune “The Drug I Need” was unleashed to the masses in July, the song gained the attention of both indie and major record labels as it hit No. 1 on some of the active radio charts in the United States. Additionally, the band made a video for “The Drug I Need”, a tale of a relationship gone bad, not being able to quit the person, but slowly finding your way back to clarity. Allen stated the song was a form of therapy for him and it seems that many of the fans agree through the overwhelming response.
A Rhyme & Reason was recorded in Korn’s studio. Eerily, the band noticed that things went missing or moved and strange noises of people came through the studio monitors. They recorded some of that and the outcome was “The Devil Made Me Do It”, released just in time for Halloween.
Against All Will has taken a grassroots approach with the music business. The EP is on Subsonic Records, co-owned by Jimmy Allen and their manager Sam Kaiser. All band members stay in constant communication with their loyal followers via various social networking sites and a fan club through their website. They are in the studio at this moment recording new music that will garner more attention and admiration.
So, is this band the one you are searching for? All of their attributes and the fact they rock should be a rather strong indication the answer is yes.