Formed at university in Bristol by Irishman Cillian Logue and Londoner Guy Stevenson, the band started out as an acoustic folk act. Following their true calling towards a punkier style, the two upped sticks to London, advertised for musicians in various lonely hearts columns, and stumbled across a couple of gems; Ozzie mod fanatic Tim Burton.
In the past year The Gin Riots wooed the crowd at Toronto’s NXNE 2008, springboarding them to be invited to showcase at SXSW in Austin Texas 2009.
During SXSW KLBJfm radio station sponsor of the festival called the band “awesome” and their show on Fox TV Austin hailed them as “brilliant”. The Gin Riots were selected by Warner Movies and Myspace to perform at Guy Ritichie's private London premiere of his last film Rocknrolla.
They have been praised by BBC’s Tom Robinson and with their video in collaboration with George A. Romero for their debut single ‘The Polka’ due for release this summer, it’s been a great year.
They have just been in the Great Eastern Studios (The Horrors, White Lies) recording their second single and with 20 written songs under their belt the band are looking to record their first album to follow up their self released EP Mother Ruin 2007.
Finally, after a long wait SUMMERSKISS RECORDS is releasing ‘A Tribute to The Afghan Whigs’ and yours truly have contributed their cover ‘BE SWEET’ to the album.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Burt Jansch, Edif Piaf