The Riots: The Russian mod revival band you can’t believe you’ve never heard

Hailing from Moscow, The Riots have been gigging around Europe since 2013. Playing in Germany and France mainly, yet to my own embarrassment haven’t made it to the UK yet.

Tonight they’re playing in Perpignan and tomorrow Zaragoza, they’ve been dubbed on the continent as the “hottest mod revival band around”, and Stephen Hughes (The Mod Generation) said “these modern boys are the spirit of a 17 year old Paul Weller unleashed on the streets of Moscow.” Hefty praise for a band yet to play in England, perhaps the most accurate interpretation of these three lads comes from Matchbox Radio 24 “The Libertines meets the Jam with powerful distorted guitars”, but see for yourself on YouTube or their SoundCloud:

“One Step” could most likely be on repeat all week for me, that’s on YouTube here:


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