RIOT|NOISE are making one hell of a noise and its corking
a stampeding beast of rock nroll with all the right moves – Rock Sound
guitarists Ash and Scott sling their Les Pauls low and get high on a combo of dirty GnR-influenced riffs and bags of attitude – Total Guitar
Almighty inspired dirty rock that needs a good bath – Powerplay
RIOT|NOISE have arrived, dont be the last to join the party – Rhythm
Bristol rockers RIOT|NOISE finally release their much-anticipated debut album Stand For Something on June 3rd. Creating a buzz amongst critics with 2009s Fight The People EP, and earning a formidable reputation on the road in Europe and the US, where theyve shared stages with the likes of Duff McKagan, Motorhead and The Blackout, the band have rightly refused to rush into the task of recording their first full-length collection. The pay-off for their patience now arrives in the form of an album which not only consistently meets, but even exceeds, the high expectations the EP established.
In the 3 years since Fight The Peoples release, RIOT|NOISE have gigged tirelessly, treating life on tour as an opportunity to hone their craft and find fresh inspiration for the record. By the time they headed for the studio they had – literally and figuratively – travelled a very long way. Frontman Marty says we had planned to record the album on a couple of occasions, but the timings werent ever right. Those 3 years went by so fast and at the start of 2012 we decided that wed been playing a similar live set for so long that, rather than record those songs for the album, we would take some time off from playing live and concentrate on writing brand new material. As a band we had grown, and when we began writing the new songs the evolution was clearly evident in the stuff that was coming out of those sessions.
Stand For Something now hears RIOT|NOISE playing at the very top of the aggressive, grimy rock game they brought in 2009, while also expanding their musical range. The trademark sounds which left listeners wanting more on the 4-track taster are not merely repeated, but fleshed out with fresh dimensions and depths, to create a record that displays all the subtleties and skill to have real staying power. Hard-partying fans who first saw the band supporting Hookers & Blow on Sunset Strip, or hanging out with Playboy TV babe Sammie Pennington in 09s Never Wrong video, will happily raise a glass to the sneered vocals and dirty guitarlines of Choices or Dead Behind The Eyes, but the broader statement made on Stand For Something is that RIOT|NOISE will be sticking around for more than just the good times.
Produced by go-to guy for the hardcore and metal fraternity, Kev Peters, the album highlights RIOT|NOISEs harder edges, and turns their considerable technical abilities up a notch. Rage You Know proves six-string duo Scott Stubbs and Ashley Pocock can serve brutal, body-slamming slabs of riffage with the same skill as the spectacular signature solos, while Freddie Forbes (bass) and Dan Fortune (drums) bring relentless raging rhythms virtually without a break across Stand For Somethings storming 12 tracks. When RIOT|NOISE do drop the pace of their assault briefly the results are no less intense, arriving in the form of brooding numbers accented by atmospheric keys like This Sinking Ship.
Having financed Novembers recording sessions themselves, RIOT|NOISE turned to PledgeMusic to raise funds for pressing physical copies and promoting the release. Launching a campaign on December 28th, they hit their target just three weeks later, and by the end of January had already put the money to work – shooting a video for centrepiece track Guidance. Set to be made available as a free download single on April 24th via BandCamp, Guidance also features on the soundtrack to gritty crime thriller The Undercard, where it sets the mood for the violent exploits of the movies bare-knuckle boxing heroine, Dylan.
The songs fighting spirit is also picked up in the bands own promo video, which mixes fierce performance footage with a ringside view of a bloody brawl, to hint at the energy and excitement RIOT|NOISE have become renowned for bringing to the stage. On April 26th the band will play a special hometown show for PledgeMusic supporters at Bristols O2 Academy 2, which is already close to selling out, before they take the riot on the road for a full UK tour in May – details of which are to be announced soon.
Fri 26th April – BRISTOL, O2 Academy 2 (PledgeMusic supporters launch event)
Full May UK tour TBA soon!
Alison Bateman : firstname.lastname@example.org / 07751595710.
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