It should come as no surprise,
but I believe that honesty is the best policy. As the B-52's told us - Tell
it like it T-I-IS. So, with that in mind, it is somewhat refreshing to write
a positive review of a new band without the need to rely on cocky comparisons
and pithy put downs to spice up the basics.
Formed barely a year ago, Bristol based RIOT:NOISE will release this two track single in June - and what a great couple of tracks they are. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that they are sweeter than a monkey cock. Lead track 'Never Wrong' is an awesome introduction to a band tighter than OJ Simpson's leather gloves. Velvet Revolver would be a lazy comparison, but I'll leave that to the people who bought 'Permission To Land'. In a service station. And felt rebellious in doing so. I hear a little Junkyard in the stew of this song and that, in the mind of this reviewer at least, is a cast iron compliment. Second track 'San Francisco' drags me back to the release of 'Total 13' by Backyard Babies - a dirty needle in a haystack of shit that was the decade that cool almost forgot. You just know that a song that reminds the listener of something from that Fonz-cool classic of an album is gonna be an ass-kicker, right?!?
I raise a horned salute to the slew of UK bands who are keeping the down 'n' dirty sleaze rock dream alive. Many bands are laying claim to the title of spearheads of this retro-fuelled rock 'n' roll renaissance - sadly, few can even spell it let alone do it justice. RIOT:NOISE are, at worst, as good as these bands who think that thousands of MySpace friends means that they are a mere hair straightener's length away from mega-stardom. Given the state of the music business at present, the oft-used "I predict big things for this band...." mantra is now a virtual misnomer. Instead, I will say that RIOT:NOISE have the potential to cause a sizeable dent in a fractured industry. Recommended.
by Gaz E.
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