Some albums can be years in the making. Although City Riots have been around for a few years now, the process of creating theirs was quite the contrary. “Sea of Bright Lights” was written and recorded in less than six months and marks a start of a new phase for the band. A lengthy summer escape to the family shack along the banks of the River Murray in South Australia evolved into the ideal setting for City Riots to pen almost forty new tracks. Free from distractions and full of inspiration, such a situation was a first for the four and set the tone for what was to come. Fascinated with soundscapes created by layered and intertwining guitar sounds, an aesthetic began to emerge that showcased a coming of age for the indie outfit. It was more intricate and sophisticated and it soon became obvious how much City Riots had grown and changed musically – perhaps without the band even realising it. City Riots made their way to the more civilised surroundings of Melbourne, where they spent all of April recording at Red Door Sounds under the ears of Paul ‘Woody’ Annison (Children Collide, Hunting Grounds). After being engrossed in writing for months, the four-piece knew they wanted to create an album in it’s truest form – a cohesive collection of songs with a sense of depth and space without being overdone, overplayed, overthought or overproduced. The band departed the studio with eleven songs that make up their debut LP “Sea of Bright Lights”. Album opener ‘Turn’ and ‘Catch the Sun’ take their signature jangly guitar lines to a new level, whilst first single ‘Wait For You’ and track ‘Take You There’ deliver a dreamlike wave of reverb-drenched pop. Ricky’s idiosyncratic breathy and characteristically smooth vocals are ever-present and shine on tracks ‘Closer’ and ‘Back to Normal’. Tracks ‘Sucker Punch’ and ‘Lonely Hearts’ still maintain the elements of the hook laden indie pop sounds that they had established earlier on as a band. “SEA OF BRIGHT LIGHTS” is out NOW in Australia and New Zealand through Inertia. -------- Album of the Week - Radar Album of the Week – Radio Adelaide Best Local Release of 2012 – Radio Adelaide “it’s the sound where the poetry is found: hypnotic and pretty” – Rolling Stone “choruses that sneak their way into your subconscious until you’re humming them along involuntarily” - 4.5/5 – Sputnik Music (US) “the result is a hook-laden, melodious album that’s pretty damn impressive” – Album of the Week – Drum Media City Riots - 'Catch The Sun' Tour. Tickets are on sale now. Wednesday, April 3 | Beach Road Hotel, Bondi w/ Velociraptor Tickets: Free Entry Friday, April 5 | Ric’s Bar, Brisbane Tickets: Free Entry Saturday, April 6 | ‘Trainspotters’ @ The Grand Central Hotel, Brisbane Tickets: Free Entry Friday, May 10 | Brighton Up Bar, Sydney Tickets: $10 + bf www.moshtix.com.au, 1300 GET TIX and all moshtix outlets Saturday, May 18 | ‘Black Night Crash’ at The Rochester Castle, Melbourne 202 Johnston St, Fitzroy Tickets: $5 at the Door Friday, May 24th | Jack Ruby, Adelaide Basement, 89 King William St, Adelaide Tickets: $10 + bf www.moshtix.com.au, 1300 GET TIX and all moshtix outlets
The indie four-piece from Adelaide is having an incredibly busy year so far. After playing the Big Day Out and Fuse Festival in Adelaide, the band flew overseas last May to play the Great Escape Festival in the UK.
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
A combination of different musical backgrounds and influences within the 4 members inspired by world travels, lost love, late nights and life on the road lending itself to different musical ideas constructed around an affection for strong melody and jangly guitars.
You've already played some great gigs - what have been the highlights?
The past year has been incredibly busy for the band and we have had the opportunity to play some great shows. Highlights include playing the Amplifier bar in Perth when Robert Smith along with his entourage came to the show. He heard about us through his niece who is a fan of City Riots. Other highlights include playing the opening night of the Great Escape Festival in the UK to a packed house as well as playing Summerfest in Wisconsin to a sea of people right before The Bravery came on and playing the Big Day Out in Adelaide earlier this year.
What's the Adelaide scene like?
We’ve been away on tour in the UK and US for the majority of this year, but whenever we get back home we notice more and more great new Adelaide bands popping up and playing around the place. It seems like every couple of weeks, there is another band that we see online with a lot to offer. Adelaide has always been a notoriously hard city to gain national exposure from, often living in the shadows of the bigger capital cities. It’s most probably, a combination of a smaller population and lot of the music industry being based on the east coast. With so many great venues and great new bands to play with (and cheaper rent!!) we wouldn’t want to live anywhere else just yet!
What's coming up in the future?
We have lots of new songs that we have begun to work into the live set. We had the opportunity to record demos of these new tracks while on tour in the US giving us the chance to work on new material while on the road. We’ll be heading back to the US in early 2009 to begin work on our first full length release. In the meantime, we have a new EP out on November 1st which features the track ‘Burning Me Out’, which was recorded and mixed in the US in between tour dates. It also features a remix by Alex Suarez from Cobra Starship of our track Signs. As for tours, we’ll be playing a run of shows with Something with Numbers in October and November.
Australian music is?
Strong and always has been a great musical culture to be apart of.View Profile Hide Interview