Artist info


Rock, Punk

Sounds like

QOTSA, Fugazi, Iggy & The Stooges

band members

Johnny Watts - Vox/Guitar Red - Guitar/Vox Dan - Bass/Vox New drummer TBA


Buzzcocks, Magic Dirt, led zeppelin


The Watt Riot belt out high voltage, rock’n’roll tracks that are stained with the hard edge of post-punk & the grit of dirty blues. Forming around the shores of Wollongong back in 2005 the line up consists of Johnny Watts on vox & guitar, Red on lead guitar, Dan on bass & Trina on drums. They have been described as: “Harking back to the glory days of dirty Australian rock’n’roll.” Rusty Hopkinson – Radio Birdman / You Am I. The Watt Riot’s tunes are filled with blistering guitar hooks, screaming vocals & hair flickin’ rhythms. This band gets the punters tapping their hi-tops all over the dance floor & yelling for more! “More throat-tearing gutbucket, kickarse rock from Wollongong, jagged, ragged, uncomplicated, uncompromising, unpretentious guitar-chunking, scream-driven, four to the floor thump in the grand tradition of The Hard-Ons and Tumbleweed.” Michael Smith - Drum Media The Watt Riot has floored audiences at venues all over Australia including: Enmore Theatre (Syd), Gaelic Club (Syd), Annandale Hotel (Syd), Pony (Melb), ANU (ACT), Oxford Tavern (Wollo), Greenroom (Melb), Spectrum (Syd), UniBar (Wollo) & Hopetoun (Syd). The foursome has shared these stages with notable acts like: Eagles Of Death Metal (USA), The Answer (IRE), Betchudupa (NZ), Ivory Line (USA), Mess Hall, British India, Vasco Era, Legends Of Motorsport & 67 Special. “This is like hard as Boniwell Music’s smoking...and what a cool name for a band...5/5” Jesse (The Devil) Hughes - Eagles Of Death Metal In March 2006 The Watt Riot released their debut EP ‘Nightmare on Love St’. Radio stations including Sydney’s FBi & Triple J played tracks from the EP. On Valentines Day 2007 The Watt Riot were Unearthed by Triple J with the track Rock’n’Roll. “Y’know how everyone uses ‘rock’ to describe something good these days. Like ‘you rock dude!’ or ‘that DJ set was totally rockin’, or ‘I’m gonna rock the mic tonight’ or even ‘Fallout Boy rock!’. Well, unless they sound like this song by The Watt Riot, they don’t really ‘rock’ at all. 5/5” Chris Scadden - Triple J The Watt Riot’s second release, a 6 track EP titled ‘Paint The City Red’ is due for official release through Soviet Records and Creative Vibes Distribution in November 2008. Working with Anthony The (Wolfmother, Youth Group & The Vines) at Velvet Sound and Al Wright (Motley Crue, Ratt & INXS) at 313 Studios, The Watt Riot’s live energy and boisterous sound has been captured once again. e: w:


Reviewed by Dan Buhagiar Dan Buhagiar

22 Oct 2008

Triple J

A high energy, r...

A high energy, raw sounding rock track that channels the spirit of 90s acts like The Afghan Whigs and Fugazi.

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Reviewed by Chris Scaddan Chris Scaddan

11 Feb 2007

Triple J

Y'know how ...

Y'know how everyone uses 'rock' to describe something good these days. Like 'you rock dude!' or 'that DJ sets was totally rockin', or 'I'm gonna rock the mic tonight' or even 'Fallout Boy rock!'. Well, unless they sound like this song by the Watt Riot, they're don't really 'rock' at all.

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Reviewed by iggystardust iggystardust

24 Oct 2012

Super Reviewer

I don't kno...

I don't know why people are ragging this track. There's an undeniable rock n' roll attitude perched on some pretty simple but hard hitting guitar work. Not reinventing the wheel but definitely adding to a plethora of lessons on rock n roll. Jesse Hughes digs it - can't be bad.

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