1: - Who are Riots?
2: - What is the story with this release
3: - How can we contact Riots
1: - The roots of Riots stem back to 2000 with Swedish musicians (Mathias Svensson - guitar, Louise Hellman - vocals, Mari Eriksson - bass) meeting at a festival and having an idea to start a band. They recruited Danish drummer Allan Bosan to the band which was christened - Goldcrush.
They found a rehearsal studio in the depths of the Oslo anarchistic squat house - Blitz, and immediately began working on a set of songs, which they were to gig with over the next few years. Three demo's were recorded during these years, the latter of them getting good reviews in several music publications. After numerous pub, club and festival gigs, they sacked their drummer.
A drum machine was used for the next six months and for the recording of their 4th demo before English drummer Paul Mileman stepped in. A lot of positive responses to this demo (February 2005), which co-incided with support slots in Oslo with the (International) Noise Conspiracy and U.K. Subs. In March they were selected as "unsigned band of the week" on NRK P3's Urï¿½rt show (Norway's national radio station) and playing two shows at the Oslo music day in June.
In 2006 they completed their first (and only... to date) UK tour, playing gigs in London, the east, the north and one great gig in Glasgow. In 2007 they were the backing band for punk rock legend Charlie Harper and 20+ U.K. Subs songs were learned and played in a small sweaty club in Oslo. Following this gig, internal conflicts came to a head, and a new vocalist was sought. Previously they had played with Oslo band The Curves, and vocalist Gisle Bangsund had caught their attention. The debut gig with Gisle was in 2008. In 2009 saw the first 7ï¿½ single release ï¿½ Another Train EP on blood red vinyl, this coincided with appearances at Oslo punk rock festival and several support shows in Norway for the U.K. Subs.
In the summer of 2010 they toured Europe for the first time, playing everything from small sweaty clubs to large festival stages in Holland, Germany, Czech Republic and Poland. A new cd was released for the tour. New songs were written and recorded and in 2011 they played a couple of festival shows in Germany before embarking on another summer European tour, this time 8 club shows in Germany and Czech Republic.
In November 2011 Goldcrush changed their name to Riots.
And in 2012, Riots release their first CD in April by Chinese label - Kids Union Records, and in May on 12" green splatter vinyl by Subversive Records in Oslo.
Riots complete a 10 date tour of China in April/May, playing the legendary Midi Festival as well as numerous club gigs. Back to Norway they write new songs, plan further shows in Poland, Sweden and further tours of Asia. ..
2: - RIOTS – Riots (2012) (release date: - 14 April 2012)
CD version (500 copies with A4 lyric insert) was released on 26 April 2012 by Kids Union Records, China.
2. Oslo city
3. Another train
4. We’re all slaves
6. Knocking on your front door
7. Dead generation
8. I don’t want you around
It was also released, with completely different artwork, on 18 May 2012 on 12" (250 numbered copies) green/black splatter vinyl by Subversive Records, Norway (SUB002).
Also 5 test pressings on black vinyl are circulating of this version.
A2. Oslo city
A3. Another train
A4. We’re all slaves
B1. Knocking on your front door
B2. Dead generation
B3. I don’t want you around
All songs written by Riots
Gisle Bangsund – vocals
Mathias Svensson – guitar/backing vocals
Mari Eriksson – bass/backing vocals
Paul Mileman – drums/backing vocals
Recorded (When and Where):
Drums were recorded on 21 January 2012 at Persveien 91 in Oslo, Norway. Guitars and bass were recorded at Veitvet during Jan/Feb. Vocals were put down late February, with the final mix being done on 03 march 2012.
Mathias Svensson produced, mixed and mastered the recording.
Paul Mileman – (0047) 46791234
3: - Well seeing as we can't put up links here, so ... if you do a search for "Norwegian punk riots oslo" in you favourite browser, you won't be too far away ..