Artist: Skarlett Riot
isn’t known for being a hot bed for Rock talent, the only name I can
think of is Buzzcocks frontman Howard Devato, but this is all about to
change as new Hard Rock sensations Skarlett Riot are about to put East
Lincolnshire on the rock n' roll map, with this, their debut album
‘Tear Me Down’.
band has already caused waves with their EP ‘Villain’. They've
also appeared at Download 2012 (Pepsi Stage) and Bloodstock, so not bad
at all since they only were formed in 2010.
debut release is straight up modern rock with more edge than a box of
Gillette razors. Led by the vocal might of Skarlett, who also
plays guitar, also on guitar we have Danny, on bass Tom and finally on
drums Luke, and together they pack a real punch.
the opening barrage of ‘Fade Memory’, ‘We Are Broken’ and
‘Adrenaline’, the band really go for it all guns blazing. The
band has been compared to Paramore, but I think this unkind, as Skarlett
has a stronger voice than Hayley Williams and the band on a whole have
this Rock n' Roll angst is felt in bucketfuls on the massive ‘Rock n'
Roll Queen’. They do show a melodic side with the short but
impressive ‘Lost’, but it’s the full on rock n' roll attack that
really drives this album, with the likes of the title track ‘Tear Me
Down’ and the excellent ‘Villain’.
suppose that Paramore thing could come from the next track ‘Broken
Wings’, but again, a little more edge than the Americans and not a
vampire in sight.
one of most impressive tracks on the album for me is ‘Party Hard’, a
rip-snorting sleaze fest that is full of fiery guitars and thunderous
rhythms, and of course that power infused vocal of Skarlett. This
full force attack is carried on into the album closing track ‘Riot’,
again another angst filled modern rock of the highest order.
This is a great debut release from a band with a big future and with a tour in support of Heavens Basement in July, the word is sure to get around that Skarlett Riot are a band to take seriously.
Review by: Barry McMinn
1. Faded Memory
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