NIGHT RIOTS is setting the alternative underworld ablaze as swift and smartly as their brooding, melody rich and timeless songs have already endeared them to critics. The California based band shimmers with the downbeat romantic flair of new wave, ‘80s movie soundtracks and the gentlemanly courting of aloof ladies.
Generations, both new and old, hip to intelligent, transcendent pop music like The Cure, Psychedelic Furs, Oingo Boingo, Siouxsie & The Banshees and early U2 embrace Night Riots’ knack for melodic sensibility, which is delivered with a unique stamp both modern and timeless.
Frontman Travis Hawley spent five years in England before moving to a small coastal town (with one street light!) where he met guitarists Nick Fotinakes and Matt DePauw, bassist Mikel Van Kranenburg and drummer Rico Rodriguez. Heralded as one of the best unsigned bands in North America by Rolling Stone, Night Riots earned their stripes on the road supporting a diverse group of bands, including Angels & Airwaves, The Script, Shiny Toy Guns, Wild Cub and the newly reunited Saosin. A residency at L.A.’s Hemingways followed buzz-making shows at celebrated clubs like The Troubadour.
Tastemaker rock station KROQ threw their support behind the band via their “Locals Only” events, with early praise coming from the likes of MTV, Fuse and Nylon Guys. The impressive creative heft of the “Spiders” single and Young Lore EP was just the warm-up. It’s time for the music world to make a place at the table for NIGHT RIOTS.