Let's talk a little about the history of your band. When did you originally form and is this the original line-up?
[Bob Concrete – lead vocals, rhythm guitar]
We started out in the end of summer 2007. It took just a couple of months until we played our first gigs. The line-up changed a few times over the years, but we are back in the original line-up for some while now.
I think it was Kaspar (bass) and Kristine (drums) who had the idea. They were classmates in highschool. Me and Johnny (lead guitar) joined them responding to their ad in a local internet music website.
What image do you want your music to convey to your fans?
Mostly we let our music speak for it self, not pushing any specific imagery. Although I could throw in a few keywords: oldschool, loud, wild, rebellious, classy, thought-provoking.
Not to put a stamp on, I could say that most of our influences have come from a lot of different bands and artists. Mostly from the classic genres of rock 'n' roll, hard rock, psychedelic & progressive rock, heavy metal, speed & thrash metal, punk, doom metal, industrial.
It's heavy! A mix of faster, mid-tempo and slower tunes. The lyrics are based mostly around social and philosophical themes. If you like classic heavy rock music, you'll like it!
We did it in our hometown Riga, Latvia.
We worked mostly just with a guy who engineered the whole recording process. We did pre-production (demo). Recorded the album in live sessions (all rhythm instrument parts together). The mixing and mastering took a bit more time. A lot of the mixing was done by ourselves to get the nuances right. The final touch and mastering however was done by one of the experts in metal music production here in Latvia.
Most of the ideas come from Johnny and myself. But all of us in the band are involved in the arrangement process.
Do you see as we do that most local radio rarely support the up and coming new bands and even more local bands just starting out?
Of course! That's the case with most commercial radio stations everywhere. We used to have a cool local rock radio station with DJs having their shows dedicated to different genres including metal music and also to new upcoming bands for that matter. Then the station got bought over by foreign companies. After that no more DJs, just a common list of overplayed poprock songs spinning around for eternity. And nowadays metal music and local new bands on radio – almost non existent.
Obviously it has changed over the past few decades because of the internet. But to survive in it bands and artists are forced to change the ways of operating in it. Unfortunately a lot of brilliant music stays unheard while cheap soulless music products get massively marketed all around. Not everyone has the time and patience to filter all that out.
I guess we're still sort of fighting for a place where ever that is. The biggest obstacle is ourselves and not finding enough time to keep the band going at a healthy pace.
It's a small scene, that's for sure. If you're really good, it's not that hard to prove yourselves and find a spot in it.
To be honest, it's hard to follow since there are myriads of bands out there. I'm still trying to go through some of the oldschool stuff that I'm into. But it's nice to hear newer bands while sharing a stage with them. For example we played with Evil Invaders a while ago, those guys are going wild all over the globe now. But they're working it hard. The Finnish guys in band Madred are cool, we toured with them together a couple of times.
I think it has given us a chance to get our music out there easier. Although it still takes a lot of time managing it all. But we still believe the first and most important thing is to make some good music. Someone will notice it eventually.
We have a few videos on our Youtube channel: REBELRIOTvideo
For music and merhcandise browse on Bandcamp: https://rebel-riot.bandcamp.com
Most of our activities can be followed to on Facebook: rebelriotmusic
Also on Instagram: rebelriotmusic
You can also check out some stuff on our homepage, a bit outdated, but quite a bit of history there: www.rebelriot.com
Thanks for answering these questions. Do you have any last comments for our readers?
Thank you for spreading out the word! We appreciate any support and are very glad if people dig our stuff. Don't hesitate to check us out or contact us!
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