Brit-rock band The Rifles return to release their third studio album Freedom Run on September 20, 2011, with lead single “Tangled Up In Love” out August 16, 2011. The track is a dangerously infectious melody, topped with a luscious string riff and the familiar Rifles’ crunching guitars.
Freedom Run further enhances the reputation of one of the most exciting, enduring and diverse London bands of the last ten years. Recorded at Paul Weller’s studio, Black Barn, and produced by the legendary Chris Potter (who has guided such luminaries as The Clash, The Stones and The Verve), the album has a fresh, revitalized sound, loaded with inspirational tracks that range from light and fun pop symphonies to the raucous soul-inflected heartfelt pop-rock that has dominated The Rifles’ back catalogue and given them a fan-base that continues to sell-out venues across Europe.
“Full of pulsating basslines and yell-aloud-with-your-mates-choruses, it’s an infectious, energetic slab of good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll.” Maxim (UK)
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 first band with a London Postcode worth tattooing on your heart for ages…” NME
“The East London gang have found a sound that is a class above contemporary bands…” The Sun (UK)
Nettwerk Music Group announces the signing of London-based rockers THE RIFLES, who introduce themselves to N. America with a 4-track digital EP on July 28. The EP will feature “The Great Escape,” a standout anthem showcasing the sounds that will be coming from The Rifles full-length album, GREAT ESCAPE, later this year.
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Passenger's international hit single "Let Her Go"has gone Double Platinum in the US and Canada and Platinume in the UK. In the US, the track has cracked the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and remains in the Top 5 of the iTunes Top Singles Chart, while the accompanying video (above) boasts more than 170 million views on YouTube and peaked at #2 on the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown.