The birthing grounds of the UK are rich with musical talents, especially those related to rock. The British Invasion blasted the US with an unprecedented wave of bands and artists, many of whom are revered as classic giants to this day. UK bands have ruled the rock airwaves, turntables, and fan appreciation over decades. There’s no need for a list; you know who they are.
The Rifles is a London-based band that clearly takes their cues from two important groups who were also from the UK: The Clash, and The Jam. While I don’t really like comparing bands, largely because I like bands to stand on their own two feet, sometimes the comparisons are unavoidable. With The Rifles, the influences are there, worn like a flag. But that’s okay, for the Rifles, it’s likely a badge of respect, and one that should be worn proudly. In fact, the Rifles are a damn fine band and do stand on their own two feet. This is why you should know about them.
The Rifles are four lads with two previous albums under their belts, No Love Lost (2006), and Great Escape (2009), and both entered high in the UK charts, #26 and #27 respectively. That’s pretty impressive for a rock band, especially one that the US is completely unaware of.
No Love Lost delivered five tidy singles over a strong 16-month period with the first single, “Peace & Quiet” being reissued to capitalize further on the band’s increasing popularity. The five songs aside, the album’s deeper cuts were not to be shied away from. “One Night Stand” carries a strong Clash influence, yet still retaining The Rifles originality. The entire album is easily accessible and can become a favorite if you’re just coming on board.
Their next album, Great Escape, was released with much anticipation by UK fans. This album yielded three singles, and like the album before it, was also home to excellent deeper cuts. Great Escape was a grand successor to the set of songs preceding it, easily shoving aside the “sophomore slump.” Truth is, there’s not a bad song on it, not one.
The UK is ready for the next album from The Rifles, now slated for release on September 19 (UK). The new album is entitled Freedom Run, and is preceded by a track from the album, “Tangled Up In Love,” available now in the UK and August 16 in the US. While the UK is the starting point for the new album, the US release is expected to follow on October 11. You can listen to it on SoundCloud.
If you’re a collector at heart, and you find that The Rifles are a band to follow, then you should seek out their two non-album songs, “Talking,” which was offered as a free download, and “I Could Never Lie,” issued as a limited edition vinyl single. Both songs preceded the release of Great Escape. “I Could Never Lie” can also be found on the downloadable 4-track Great Escape EP, which collects two other non-album tracks, “Darling Girl,” and “A Love To Die For,” as well a,s the title track from the album.