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Blues Attack

 Blues Attack is a powerhouse blues-rock band from Istanbul. The five-piece ensemble is capable of transcending genres, providing the audiences with a wide spectrum of styles while maintaining the key ingredient of their sound—a killer groove. For their debut release, they have turbocharged their sound with rich arrangements of horns and background vocals from Istanbul's finest!

Sezen Köroğlu (k), Tarkan Mumkule (g) and Batur Yurtsever (b) were already household names of the Istanbul live music scene way before the band came together. The trio had played together for twenty-five years backing some of the top singers and musicians in Turkey. They have also composed, recorded, and performed on various group and solo projects earning them spots on multiple stadium gigs, opening for global rock giants such as Rolling Stones and Metallica.

Güray Oskay (v, g) and Hasan Ali Polat (d), two prominent figures of the Turkish blues scene, joined the three to form Blues Attack in 2017. The band started playing gigs regularly in and outside of Istanbul and quickly established a strong fan base. With raw vocals, fiery guitar work, and a groove that keeps the audience moving a Blues Attack performance is always a rich funky musical experience.

In 2019, the band made its international debut at the North City Jazz & Blues Festival in Mitrovica, Kosovo playing not once but two nights in a row. The performances were musical hits and they also made the political scene as Blues Attack was the first act to play on both sides of a divided city.

As Covid-19 restrictions hit the world in 2020, Blues Attack retreated to composing. With ten original songs in the bag, the band is ready to take the world by storm with their debut album: Bringing Down The House. Their catalog has that distinct Blues Attack sound that rides through a colorful palette of sounds from hearty blues to hip-shaking funk reminiscent of Joe Bonamassa, Bernard Allison, The Allman Brothers Band, and The Meters.

For a full album review of "Bringing Down the House" by Martine Ehrenclou at Rock and Blues Muse, please click the link below:

A review on "Rhythm & Booze"

A review on "With Just a Hint of Mayhem":

A review on Concert Monkey (in French)

Blues Attack is:

Güray Oskay - Vocals, Tarkan Mumkule - Guitars, Sezen Köroğlu - Keys, Batur Yurtsever - Bass Guitar, Hasan Ali Polat - Drums

Bringing Down The House features the talents of the following guest musicians

Serkan Emre Çiftçi - Trumpet 

Özgür Şengül - Sax 

Göksenin Tuncalı - Backing Vocals

Bengisu Öcal - Backing Vocals 

Pelin Özülkü - Backing Vocals

Burak Ocakçı - Harmonica on Trucker's Blues

Music by Blues Attack 

Lyrics by Güray Oskay 

Arranged by Sezen Köroğlu & Blues Attack

Recorded and mixed by Sezen Köroğlu @ Jingle Hose Studios

Mastered by Erwind Maas /eMastering

Cover design by Mahmut Ozman

Photography by Fatih Metin Demirkol

3d Art -  Murat Kayran

Rob Paparozzi
"Blues Attack new release 'Bringing Down the House' is well established killer band out of Istanbul but not your typical Blues Band. These guys pay deep respect to the Blues Genre yet incorporate other genres like Country, Funk and Rock into the record. The Original songs beautifully showcase their strong vocal and guitar performances and the versatility of ‘grooves’ will keep you up and dancing along. I love these guys!"
Rob Paparozzi
Grammy-nominated artist Lead Singer and Harmonica Player for The Original Blues Brothers Band
November 31, 2021
Martine Ehrenclou
Blues Attack creates an extraordinary and unique blend of funk/rock and blues/rock, dipping into a variety of styles. The band is innovative, different, with layers of sound, crazy good guitar, and a rhythm section that’s seamless and tight. Blues Attack is a band to watch. Keep them on your radar. If Bringing Down The House is any indication of their career trajectory, they’re destined to hit the big time.
Senior Editor and Publisher,
December 1st, 2021
Video Playlist
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Bringing Down the House
Bringing Down the House
Once And For All
Once And For All
I Need Time
I Need Time
Long Gone
Long Gone
In For the Kill
In For the Kill
Reaper on Wheels
Reaper on Wheels
Trucker's Blues
Trucker's Blues


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