What's so good? By Hugh McClure | Oct 25, 2012 | Total plays: 64,742
Adelaide's City Riots have been eagerly anticipating this day, the release of their debut album Sea of Bright Lights. A long time coming, the album follows up from their 2011 Matchsticks EP, and sees the four-piece really come into their own as a band.
Written and recorded under the watchful eye of Paul Annison (Children Collide, Red Riders), we brought you the album's first single "Wait For You" back in July "“ as well as the remix by fellow Adelaide local Luke Million.
The album highlights the band's devotion to classic pop-rock music. The band's evocative lyrics and adventurous, extraterrestrial musical arrangement are a real throwback to some of the great Brit-pop bands of old.
Aside from the stirring first single "Wait For You," the album includes a number of standout tracks. Opener "Turn" sets the scene for what's to follow "“ heavy bass riffs and dreamy guitar "“ before "Catch the Sun," which gorgeous reverbed vocals and a much stronger percussion involvement as the track progresses. "Sucker Punch" has a more playful, beachy vibe to it, while others like "Back to Normal" and "Take You There" highlight the band's dreamy, echoing quality.
In my review of their single, I mentioned that this is a band on the verge of fulfilling their significant potential. Mission accomplished.
To help launch the album, the band will be setting off on a ten-date tour of Australia (full details on Facebook). This will include a special appearance at the first ever INDIE SHUFFLE PRESENTS night in Sydney on November 24 "“ RSVP here!