Attack in Black

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Attack in Black
Attack in Black performing in 2006
Background information
Origin Welland, Ontario, Canada
Genres Hardcore punk (early), indie rock, folk rock
Years active 2003–2010
Labels Skate Ahead, Dine Alone, You've Changed Records
Associated acts City and Colour, Shotgun Jimmie, Daniel, Fred & Julie, Grey Kingdom, A Day and a Deathwish, Daniel Romano, Marine Dreams
Members Daniel Romano
Ian Romano
Spencer Burton
Ian Kehoe
Past members Matt Ellis
Aaron Murphy

Attack in Black was a Canadian indie rock band from Welland, Ontario. They first signed to Skate Ahead Records for their self-titled album debut in 2005. In spring 2006, they signed with Dine Alone Records. In late 2008 Ian and Daniel along with Steve Lambke (a.k.a. Baby Eagle) of the Constantines, formed their own label, You've Changed Records.


The band members began their careers playing punk shows. The band immediately had a following in the Welland area, due to having performed in other local acts prior to Attack in Black's formation. Originally composed of brothers Ian and Daniel Romano, guitarist Spencer Burton, and bassist Aaron Murphy. Murphy quit the band and was replaced by another Welland area musician Matthew Ellis and the band recorded a self-titled EP themselves for Grimsby, Ontario label Skate Ahead Records which was released in 2004. Ellis did not stay in the band long, and was replaced by Ian Kehoe, who had previously been in a band with Burton. Kehoe immediately took on the job of writing most of the lyrics for the band. Solo artist Kendra Foord played keys with the band briefly, but left shortly before they toured western Canada due to creative differences.

Closely following the lineup change, Attack in Black toured to the west coast of Canada. Upon their return, they spoke with promoter Joel Carriere, who had just founded Dine Alone Records. He offered to sign them and put out their next EP, and, in early 2006, the band accepted. The four-song Widows EP resulted from this new agreement and was released September 16, 2006.[1]

When the time came to record their first full album, they went to Chemical Sound Studios in Toronto with Ian Blurton for a two-week session (the band's first and last studio & producer experience). Immediately upon completion of the recordings, Dine Alone insisted that the record did not meet their standards and the band was sent back to the studio with local producer Dan Weston.

The debut album, entitled Marriage, was released on July 31, 2007, coinciding with sold out record launch show at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Ontario. Three months following the release of Marriage the band also released the self-recorded album The Curve of the Earth. This record was written and recorded over two nights in Spencer Burton's sun room. It was recorded through a two input tape machine onto an 8 track recorder. Each member of the band sang three songs on the record. It was released on vinyl and digital download only. In 2008 it was released in Germany on the Zeitstrafe label.[2]

While on tour with Ladyhawk and Shotgun Jimmie, the release of "Fall Tour Split" was sold. Released on Dine Alone Records on 7" vinyl only. "Fall Tour Split" featured songs by fellow tour-mates; Shotgun Jimmie and Ladyhawk.

Band members Daniel Romano and Ian Kehoe along with Constantines guitarist Steve Lambke started the You've Changed Records label in late 2008. The label's first release was a record by Shotgun Jimmie called Still Jimmie. It was recorded in the band's home studio and features all the members of Attack in Black as Jimmie's backup band.

The second album Years (by One Thousand Fingertips) was released on March 10, 2009 on Dine Alone Records. The album consists of 16 tracks recorded by the band.

Following this release was split LP with Baby Eagle, the solo project of Constantines guitarist Steve Lambke, in May 2009. released on You've Changed Records. Romano subsequently collaborated with Frederick Squire and Julie Doiron on the collaborative folk album Daniel, Fred & Julie, released December 1, 2009. He also released a solo album, Workin' for the Music Man, which was supported by a cross-Canada tour with Jason Collett. His second solo effort, Sleep Beneath the Willow, was released on April 5, 2011 on You've Changed Records.

Guitarist Spencer Burton released Eulogy of Her and Her under his solo side project Grey Kingdom on March 1, 2011.

Bassist Ian Kehoe also performs as Marine Dreams.[3]

While their third album was complete, the band went on hiatus,[4] with their final show having taken place on August 27, 2010 at the Mansion House in St. Catharines, ON. On October 2011, Dine Alone Records and You've Changed Records re-released the Fake Love Songs tape with one bonus track. In March 2015, Dine Alone Records will release their first EPs on vinyl, entitled The First And Second Efforts Of A Band That Died Before You Could Kill Them.[5]

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Daniel Romano – vocals, lead guitar
  • Ian Kehoe – bass guitar, vocals
  • Spencer Burton – backing vocals, guitar
  • Ian Romano – drums, percussion

Former members[edit]

  • Aaron Murphy – bass
  • Matt Ellis – bass
  • Kendra Foord – piano


Date of
Title Label
2005 Attack in Black EP Skate Ahead Records
2006 Widows EP Dine Alone Records
2007 Northern Towns EP Dine Alone Records
2007 Marriage Dine Alone Records
2007 The Curve of the Earth Dine Alone Records
2008 Fall Tour Split 7" Dine Alone Records
2009 Years (by One Thousand Fingertips) Dine Alone Records
2009 Attack in Black/Baby Eagle Split EP You've Changed Records
2009 Fake Love Songs Tape Self Released
2015 Attack in Black - EP Dine Alone Records
2018 Fake Love Songs - EP Dine Alone Records

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2007 "Young Leaves" Marc Ricciardelli
2008 "Hunger of the Young" Marc Ricciardelli
2009 "Liberties" Marc Ricciardelli


Year Event Won Nominated
2007 CASBY Awards Favourite New Artist, NXNE Favourite New Indie Release (Marriage)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sutherland, Sam. "Attack in Black—Windows EP", Exclaim!, March 2007.
  2. ^ Lindsay, Cam. "Attack in Black Prep Brand New LP for November Release", Exclaim!, October 17, 2007.
  3. ^ Saunders, Allison. "Marine Dreams awakens in Sackville", "The Coast", February 10, 2011.
  4. ^ "Marine Dreams to release debut on You've Changed in November", "", October 4, 2011.
  5. ^ "Exclaim! Music". 

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