With their reggae inspired blend of modern pop, Offshore Riot seem to have that special ingredient often missing in today's over-produced, sample based music scene. Catchy, hook-laden originals take the focus here. Deep funk and dub rhythms, bass lines dropping low as physically tolerable, shimmering guitar lines and erratic vocal stylings make up an undeniable force comparable to the hurricanes often looming on Florida's coastlines.
Formed in the end of 2005, Offshore Riot's only been making waves in the Tampa Bay area for a small time, not considering the multitude of projects each member has done over the last decade. After selling several thousand copies of his '05 solo demo acoustic CD, "This Trip", lead singer and guitarist Tyson Marshall, in hopes to bring the music to a larger audience, helped form Offshore Riot with bassist Lawson White and Mike Tzigos on drums.
They reveal that their unique styles melded together seamlessly as they got right to work on writing new music that would represent their carefree beach affected lifestyle. From waiting daily for the next rideable surf, dirt bike riding, late night hell raising, crazy women, to humorous songs poking fun at current world events, the ideas flowed. Their next step was taking their original 12 songs to the recording studio to start recording their debut CD, recently released on February 15th, 2007.
Playing several shows a week now, Offshore Riot has been promoting themselves the old-fashioned way, by playing LIVE. The band combined have shared shows with The Dave Matthews Band, Green Day, Bush, The Toadies, Santana, Collective Soul, Matchbox 20, Kid Rock, Godsmack, Los Lonely Boys, Candlebox and Sister Hazel, ultimately determined to bring their punchy rhythms and unpredictable stage antics to happy party-goers everywhere.