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": https://withjustahintofmayhem.blog/tag/bringing-down-the-house/
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