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Album Review: The Rifles – Great Escape

By on Tuesday, 3rd March 2009 at 1:00 pm

untitledRecently, the long awaited second album from The Rifles hit the shelves and since the Great Escape was available to buy, its been making awesome progress. 11 top quality tracks make up the record and every single one of them is easy to imagine on the radio. According to their myspace, the band are Rock/Punk/Ska in style but it’s hard to find a band more indie than these guys. Although NME slagged the group off, they’re more than just a decent band. Their sound has a true cult feel to it and is not too dissimilar to Hard-Fi.

After listening to Great Escape you’d be forgiven for humming one of the anthems for a few weeks as the contagious effect of this record should come with a warning. The album starts with a bang, as most records do, but “Science In Violence” has the punchy guitar chords, crashing symbols and catchy vocal chants. For me however, the best track on the album is “Toe Rag” which sounds just like a Rakes tune. Although it is a bit more mellow and slower than other tracks, it progresses nicely and builds with attitude and feeling with every second. Probably the most infectious tune on the album is “Fall To Sorrow” which has chants that give it anthem status but “The Great Escape” is a close contender.

The Rifles seem to get a lot of stick for no particular reason and crowd followers haven’t helped them. However, Great Escape is one of my albums of the year as every track is a solid addition to any music collection.


The Rifles / March UK Tour

By on Tuesday, 15th January 2008 at 9:47 pm

The RiflesI may dislike their music with a passion, but that doesn’t stop The Rifles announcing a new campaign of shows in February.

Tickets are on sale now from the usual culprits, priced at £11 for all dates except London, which is £13.50.

Tuesday 18th March – Leeds Cockpit
Wednesday 19th March – Dundee Fat Sams
Thursday 20th March – Newcastle Academy
Friday 21st March (Good Friday) – Liverpool Barfly
Tuesday 25th March – Exeter The Phoenix
Wednesday 26th March – Cardiff The Point
Thursday 27th March – Oxford Academy
Friday 28th March – London Forum


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