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The Riot Before

The Riot Before: So Long, The LighthouseSo Long, The Lighthouse (2007)
Quote Unquote Records

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Mention that a punk band comes from Richmond, Virginia and you're bound to conjure up some preconceptions within anyone relatively seasoned in punk rock. Well, the Riot Before are from Richmond, Virginia. Take those preconceptions and run with them. So Long, The Lighthouse is the one of band's fi.


Mention that a punk band comes from Richmond, Virginia and you're bound to conjure up some preconceptions within anyone relatively seasoned in punk rock. Well, the Riot Before are from Richmond, Virginia. Take those preconceptions and run with them.

So Long, The Lighthouse is the one of band's first recorded efforts, and if it's any indication, we'll be hearing plenty of great things from them in the future. The five songs that make up the EP embrace the background and influences the band claims. With a sense of urgency lacking in most bands, the Riot Before blaze through 15 minutes of folk-punk with enough energy and sing-along moments to get any sweaty group of guys or gals in a club pumping their fists and shouting along with the band.

While not as up-tempo as some of their geographical contemporaries like Strike Anywhere, they'd fit perfectly on a bill between Smoke or Fire and Fake Problems. The album's best moment comes on the second track, "The Uttica Stare," which features a minimalist yet energetic chorus and tempo buildups that still hold the excitement of the song intact after repeated listens. Closing off the album, "Redneckties" features nothing but guitar and vocals from from Brett, the band's vocalist. It's a wonderful song, reminiscent, at least in spirit, of Against Me!'s earlier work, or more recently, the acoustic tracks from the Gaslight Anthem's, Sink or Swim.

The biggest complaint I have with the album is that it comes across fairly uneven. "The Mirror's Curse" lacks the production quality found in the other songs and the track order seems to flow from "fastest song" to "slowest song." I would have liked to see "The Mirror's Curse" left off the album, and maybe mixed up the order a bit, but I certainly wouldn't let that get in the way of purchasing it. However, you don't even have to do that, as the band's label Quote Unquote Records is giving it away for free -- but of course, donations are welcome.

 

 
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hobojew (September 16, 2008)

Seeing them live, they didn't sound folk punk at all. On the album I hear it. Either way, doesn't matter, this shit is real good. Can't wait to hear more!

Bradasaurus (January 28, 2008)

this ep is pretty good, i like the first release a little better. Redneck ties is an anthem. Brett can write a damn good song

xguedox (October 30, 2007)

Amazing as usual, I have listened to "horseshoes" about a million times. My only complaint is that I want more. Keep it up guys!

keevhren (September 21, 2007)

not that good of a review...

humberthumbert (September 21, 2007)

To feeding5000:

the Gainesville beard DC inequality southern Civil War pride = the richmond sound.

phildisaster (September 21, 2007)

i fucking love this band.

i've been lucky enough to hear some new shit that is coming out down the line and it's even better. this band keeps writing more awesome songs.

go download this EP immediately.

feeeding5000 (September 21, 2007)

What are the preconceptions I'm supposed to have about Richmond bands? I mean, sure, I probably think of 90's emo or current 80's revival HC, but...I've never had any idea of there being a "Richmond sound" or anything.

inagreendase (September 21, 2007)

I bro'ed up and bought the limited CD-R|EP. They were damn good live, I assume this is a big step up from the full-length.

Banal242 (September 21, 2007)

Don't be a cheapskate. Make a donation. Keep these guys fed.

ChokingVictim (September 21, 2007)

tsr

onegirlarmy (September 21, 2007)

I was gonna review this. Oh well, someone beat me to it.

Good ep and good band.

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