The Rifles full length album “The Great Escape” coming out September 15th

Music News | Aug 17th, 2009

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London-based rock band THE RIFLES are set to release their N. American debut, GREAT ESCAPE, on September 15; the foursome will celebrate by bringing their rollicking live show to the US for a handful of tour dates staring September 22 in Philadelphia, PA (full list below).

The Rifles burst onto the UK music scene in 2006 with their rebellious and attitude-laden debut No Love Lost, an album revealing the hopes and dreams of working-class suburban drudgery. They spent the next two years touring relentlessly and building an enormous army of fans along the way, which includes some of the foursome’s musical heroes like Paul Weller, Tim Lovejoy, Oasis and more.

It’s now round two for The Rifles, and with some enormo-anthems, Great Escape is a soaring indie mission statement…an exhilarating sound of a band raising their game for a shot at the big time. With Jan ‘Stan’ Kybert (Weller, Oasis, Bjork) on production duties, singer Joel Stoker, guitarist Luke Crowther, bassist Rob Pyne, and drummer Grant Marsh have been guided to a place of musical maturity. The UK press had no choice but to take notice:

The Great Escape track list:

1. Science In Violence
2. The Great Escape
3. Fall To Sorrow
4. Sometimes
5. Toe Rag
6. History
7. Winter Calls
8. Out In The Past
9. Romeo & Julie
10. The General
11. For The Meantime

With a fan base now reaching 2 million thanks to their relentless touring and passion for performing, the band has sold out shows at some of London’s best venues, including the close to 5,000-capacity Brixton Academy. The Times (UK) said in a show review, “Live, the Rifles were a revelation. A super-tight rhythm section drove punchy tunes tailor-made to pogo to. The lyrics were stuffed with soundbite gems that gave every song the air of an anthem.”

The Rifles on tour:

Sep 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Neck Tie
Sep 23 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
Sep 24 – New York City, NY @ Mercury Lounge
Sep 25 – New York City, NY @ Mercury Lounge
Sep 26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall
Sep 28 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern


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