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The Rifles announce the release of 'The Rifles Unplugged Album: Recorded at Abbey Road Studios', due for release 5th May 2017. The new album was recorded in the historicAbbey Road Studios, London in just the one take in early January 2017. This stripped down album features Joel Stoker & Luke Crowther accompanied in the studio by DeanoMumford on keys along with a string quartet and 30 piece fan Choir adding vocals to 3 tracks on the album.
This awe-inspiring location, which has hosted many landmark recordings in it's rich musical history is the perfect backdrop to host The Rifle's library of classic songs. Joel Stoker'seffortless vocals shine and this album demonstrates the versatility of The Rifles extensive and acclaimed catalogue.
'The Rifles Unplugged Album: Recorded at Abbey Road Studios' features a selection ofThe Rifles classic songs from albums 'None The Wiser', 'Great Escape', 'Freedom Run', 'No Love Lost' & latest album 'Big Life' as well as an exclusive new track making up 16 songs in total (full tracklisting below).
“We had a fantastic day at Abbey Road & have wanted to nail some recordings of our songs acoustically with strings for a long time, and feel this album has really raised the bar, can’t wait for people to hear it!" The Rifles
Renowned for their energetic & confident live shows, The Rifles head back out on tour in May & June. Tickets can be purchased here; http://www.therifles.me.uk/ See full tour dates below...
2nd - Thekla, Bristol
3rd - Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
8th - The Glee Clib, Birmingham
9th - Junction 1, Cambridge
12th - Gorilla, Manchester
13th -Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
17th - King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
18th - The Tunnels, Aberdeen
19th - Sage Two, Gateshead
20th - Crescent, York
23rd - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
24th - The Y Theatre, Leicester
25th - The Bullingdon Oxford
27th - Assembly Hall, Islington
1st - Empire, Belfast
2nd - Workman's Club, Dublin
1. The General
2. Out In the Past
3. Local Boy
4. In Key
5. Minute Mile
6. The Great Escape
7. Spend a Lifetime
8. Rock the Boat
10. The Hardest Place To Find Me
11. Tangled Up In Love
12. You Win Some
13. For the Meantime
14. Coming Home (Rifles Choir)
15. Romeo & Julie (Rifles Choir)
16. Under and Over (Rifles Choir)
Pre-order the album here; https://TheRifles.lnk.to/unplugged
Wednesday, 19 April 2017
You hear it all the time.
'Bands these days have got nothing to say'
'It’s not like it was in my day'
'Where are the voices of todays generation?'
Well, maybe people should start shouting their mouths and opening their eyes and ears, starting with Watford’s Spitfires.
Four sharp lads both in style and sound from the suburbs of the capital city with hearts as big and as encompassing as London and sound as wide and naturally flowing as the Thames.
Their first few singles cracked with an energy of seeds being sown but their debut album 'Response' in 2015 blew everything around out of the water. Rarely has a band sounded as ambitious, confident and of the moment. With singer and guitarist Billy Sullivan sharp socially conscious lyrics and finely observed storytelling backed by a guitar driven fury and an exemplary rhythm section which set the foundations and structures as tight as a too small Fred Perry.
Bassist Sam Long and drummer Matt Johnson don’t just make up the numbers in the band. They are both integral to its style and vision and 'Response' sounded like fires burning brightly for the last gang in town.
But, The Spitfires aren’t a band that can rest on their laurels. Always looking forward, always moving on. Twelve months later and they are back with the follow up to Response expanding their sound into new areas, fully utilising Chris Channell's luxurious keyboards in to the already exhilarating grooves and laughing at anyone suffering from writers block.
In a live setting The Spitfires excel in the same way as gigs by their spiritual forefathers The Clash, The Specials and The Jam were events which were much more than just a good night out. So it is with Watford’s finest. The best gigs are the ones, which leave your head spinning, your feet aching and your mind buzzing. The Spitfires are masters of all three.
All that brings us to ‘Move On’, the best 2017 state of the nation song about our stroppy little island of mixed up people you'll hear this year. But within its dub reggae heartbeat is a message and a challenge.
Its time to take responsibility, to do something and stop things being done to you. Sullivan may not have all the answers, but he knows we've got to start asking questions before its too late. Times of trouble and insecurity often produce great culture; Move On is proof of that.
The Fight back starts here
Words Andy Peart
2nd June Georgian Theatre Stockton on Tess
10th June 229 London