Feb 18, 2015

Night Riots: "Howl" EP Album Review

There’s no doubt that the Night Riots are on their way up to becoming the next “New Wave Sound”. An interesting band originally from San Luis Obispo, whom I recently had the privilege of reviewing the Night Riots newest EP and am pleased to say I took a shine to their style of music.

Their 80’s garage rock band sound is nothing short of “contagious” which is ironically the title to one of their songs on the album. Their infectious, vibrant melodies brought back memories as I recalled my high school obsessions with artists I discovered and conquered (meaning I replayed them over and over again). The album contains their songs “Contagious” which was released back in October of 2014 and is currently No.5 on SiriusXM , debuting at No.17 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart is their EP "Howl" (released Jan. 20th via Sumerian Records)!

Night Riots have also released an eerie vignette for their new song, "Break" - today on BULLETT Magazine. Watch the vignette, here: http://bit.ly/BullettBreak. Night Riots’ vocalist Travis Hawley explains, 
"'Break' conjures images of timeless youthful love." He continues, "We represented this idea by using antique film cuts of lovers kissing. At one point these clips were considered risqué and audacious. But looking back on them from our modern perspective, they seem so romantic in their confident and daring innocence."
With praise pouring in from the likes of Billboard, Earmilk, MTV, FUSE, Huffington Post, KROQ, All Things Go, NYLON, AV Club and Filter, and sharing recent bills with bands including Cage The Elephant, Walk The Moon, Meg Myers, OK Go, and more, Night Riots is setting the alternative underworld ablaze with their melody rich songs that have already endeared them to critics. I am greatly looking forward to seeing them live in San Diego for that will be the determining of their overall talent and abilities as musicians as they continue on with their musical endeavors.

Upcoming Tour Dates (Additional Dates TBA):
02/15 - Fresno, CA @ Strummers
02/19 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop (Popscene)
02/20 - San Luis Obispo, CA @ Slo Brew
02/21 - Bakersfield, CA @ B-Ryders
02/26 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
02/27 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
02/28 - Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
03/02 - Kansas City, MO @ recordBar
03/03 - St. Louis, MO @ The Demo*
03/05 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club*
03/06 - Covington, KY @ Madison Live*
03/08 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall*
03/09 - New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall*
03/11 -Springfield, VA @ Empire*
03/16 - Fayetteville, AR @ George's Majestic Lounge**
03/22 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad*
03/24 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock
03/25 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues (Voodoo Room)*
* w/ DRAEMINGS       ** w/ Pianos Become The Teeth

"HOWL" can be purchased on iTunes, here.

Be sure to keep up with the band on their social networks:
Instagram: instagram.com/nightriots

Disclosure: SoCal Blog was not monetarily compensated for this review; we  were provided with a link to the EP album in order to review. SoCal Blog will be provided with tickets to Night Riots San Diego show in order to review and cover the venue. All of the views/opinions in this post are those of our Music reviewer, Bianca. 

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