Fast rising dirty southern rock n blues mavericks, Gorilla Riot announce a new single, ‘Young Guns‘ and a raft of UK show dates. ‘Young Guns‘ is taken from their forthcoming album which is slated for release early in November, in Digital, CD and Vinyl formats on Off Yer Rocka Recordings (OYR).

‘Young Guns‘ will be released across all digital and streaming platforms on Fri 12 July 2019. It will be accompanied by a lyric video produced by Studface Productions.

‘Young Guns‘ tells the tales of the Riot’s frontman, Arjun Bhishma’s debauched time in Edinburgh, Scotland, whereas a young man he lived from one party to the next, experiencing and living in the moment with a group of friends as only ‘young guns’ can.

Arjun Bhishma, said, “The song is about an adventure I had when I was living up in Edinburgh. I lived a ludicrous life up there with my mates. This song was a way for me to remember those hazy days with admiration. All we had was the next party, who knows where we would end up?

He added, “It has a straight up rock ‘n’ roll riff that I came up with whilst messing around with a few licks on the guitar. I felt an Aerosmith vibe from it so I took the whole song in that direction. As a band we stuck to that feel, whilst still sounding like us. The chorus and chords are simple and memorable – it’s a feel good rock tune.

“As always we laid down the drums in the ‘proper’ studio and then worked on the rest at GRHQ in a room above a lawn tennis club. Once we got David Thomas’ drums sent from the studio, we recorded all of the guitars sat on a large stuffed jungle cat. It really amped up the atmosphere!”

Gorilla Riot are a 5-piece dirty rock n’ roll blues machine from Manchester, England. Using a 3-prong guitar attack with multi-part vocal harmonies; they play raucous blues-based rock, combining elements of grunge, stoner, and country to create a full-on high energy show.

Created by mainman, Arjun Bhishma, he surrounded himself with the best talent in Manchester to form Gorilla Riot.  Arjun, Liam Henry (guitars & vocals), Charly T. (guitars & vocals), James Degnen (bass), have been recently joined by Will Lewis on skins.

Equally at home acoustically or electrically they released their last studio work in May 2018. American Honey Vol 1 saw the guys extend their sound and song-writing prowess with 3 new songs plus an exquisite re-working of their hit song, Last Hymn.

Gorilla Riot recently announced that they have signed a 2-album deal with Off Yer Rocka Recordings, the first of which will be released later in Nov 2019.

Having played in Spain and France earlier this year, they now return home to complete their album and to play a range of headline, support and festival shows.

LIVE DATES:
Tues 16 Jul – Bannermans Bar, Edinburgh *
https://www.wreckingcrewtouring.com/events/gorilla-riot-edinburgh

Weds 17 Jul – Trillians, Newcastle *
https://www.wreckingcrewtouring.com/events/gorilla-riot-newcastle

Thur 18 Jul – Yardbirds, Grimsby *
http://www.solidentertainments.com/presents.htm

Fri 19 Jul – Woolpack, Doncaster *
FREE ENTRY

Sat 20 Jul – Giffard Arms, Wolverhampton *
https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/select/sLROMGuCmXvf

Mon 22 Jul – The Old Cold Store, Nottingham *
https://www.wreckingcrewtouring.com/events/gorilla-riot-nottingham

Tues 23 Jul – Hobos, Bridgend *
https://www.wreckingcrewtouring.com/events/gorilla-riot-bridgend

Weds 24 Jul – The Cobblestones, Bridgwater *
https://www.seetickets.com/event/massive/the-cobblestones/1328650

Thurs 25 Jul – The Joiners, Southampton *
https://www.wreckingcrewtouring.com/events/gorilla-riot-southampton

Fri 26 Jul – The Facebar, Reading *
https://www.wegottickets.com/event/466851

Sat 27 Jul – The Meeting Room, Elland, Nr Halifax
https://themeetingroomelland.co.uk/events/gorilla-riot/

Sun 25 Aug – Rockwich Festival, Witton Albion Club, Northwich
https://www.rockwich.net/tickets

Sun 08 Sep – HRH CROWS Festival, O2 Academy, Sheffield
http://www.hrhcrows.com/shop/

Thurs 03 Oct – Planet Rock Roadstars, The Live Rooms, Chester **
https://www.thegigcartel.com/Artists-profiles/Planet-Rock-Roadstars.htm

Fri 04 Oct – Planet Rock Roadstars, Rebellion, Manchester **
https://www.thegigcartel.com/Artists-profiles/Planet-Rock-Roadstars.htm

Sat 05 Oct – Planet Rock Roadstars, The Flapper, Birmingham  **
https://www.thegigcartel.com/Artists-profiles/Planet-Rock-Roadstars.htm

Sun 06 Oct – Planet Rock Roadstars, The Waterfront, Norwich **
https://www.thegigcartel.com/Artists-profiles/Planet-Rock-Roadstars.htm

Tues 08 Oct – Planet Rock Roadstars, The Cluny, Newcastle **
https://www.thegigcartel.com/Artists-profiles/Planet-Rock-Roadstars.htm

Weds 09 Oct – Planet Rock Roadstars, Lending Room, Leeds **
https://www.thegigcartel.com/Artists-profiles/Planet-Rock-Roadstars.htm

Thurs 10 Oct – Planet Rock Roadstars, Exchange, Bristol  **
https://www.thegigcartel.com/Artists-profiles/Planet-Rock-Roadstars.htm

Fri 11 Oct – Planet Rock Roadstars, O2 Academy, Islington, London **
https://www.thegigcartel.com/Artists-profiles/Planet-Rock-Roadstars.htm

* As main support to Massive
** Co-headline tour with Hanna Wicklund & The Stepping Stones

South Carolinian-born Hannah Wicklund will release her third album ‘Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin’ Stones‘ on Strawberry Moon Records in the UK on Friday 13th September. The album was produced by Sadler Vaden, guitarist for Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit and received rave review when it was released in the US last year.

The album dovetails her nationwide UK Roadstars tour with Piston and Gorilla Riot in October. Tickets for the UK tour can be booked via www.planetrocktickets.co.uk and www.thegigcartel.com and from the 24 hour box office: 08444 780 898.

The 10-track self-released album was recorded in Nashville, TN and is a fresh take on Wicklund’s musical influences drawn from ’60s, ’70s and ’80s guitar-driven rock. “Once we started writing some songs, I saw that she had a real, raw talent,” says Producer Vaden. “I was inspired to work with her by her love of classic rock music and blues. I wanted to honour that in making this album, but also add a little modern edge to it.”

On her latest self-titled album, Wicklund taps into the fury of loneliness (Ghost). She resurrects spectres of Hendrix and Joplin (Looking Glass) as well as power ballad intensity (Strawberry Moon). Then, just as she’s supercharged you with about as much raw energy as you can channel, she lets you down gently with the acoustic intimacy of Shadow Boxes, but even here, her singing achieves an intensity that most artists can only dream of matching. Her music stands on a bedrock of razor-edged, old-school rock ’n’ roll reanimated by a new generation’s urgency.

That impression is doubly emphasised in the video for the album’s first single, Bomb Through The Breeze (playlisted on Planet Rock) It’s a hurricane of swirling colour interspersed with spare shots of Wicklund and her band in action, with black bunnies and slithering snakes adding an eerie visual complement.

The video for the latest single Shadowbowboxes and Porcelain Faces showcases the emotional toll the darkness of our digital lives takes. Says Hannah: “The lyrics can be interpreted in many ways, but for me it was meant to show how consumed by technology you can feel sometimes.” She continues: “Growing up in this day and age, there has been a screen in front of me constantly—especially during my last three years touring in the United States.” The footage used in the video are from Cuba, where she spent a week was completely detached from her phone. “It was very refreshing to detox and I came back feeling a lot more refreshed and a big reason was because of the lack of a screen constantly in my face,” she explains.

ROADSTARS – OCTOBER 2019 UK DATES

TICKETS: www.thegigcartel.com & 24-Hour Box Office: 0844 478 0898.

Chester, Live Rooms Thursday 3 October
Manchester, Rebellion Friday 4 October
Birmingham, Flapper Saturday 5 October
Norwich, Waterfront Studio Sunday 6 October
Newcastle, The Cluny Tuesday 8 October
Leeds, Lending Room Wednesday 9 October
Bristol, Exchange Thursday 10 October
London, O2 Islington Academy 2 Friday 11 October

Two of the most exciting new prospects in the world of blues rock will tour together for the very first time throughout October 2019. Touring under the moniker of “ROADSTARS” – this hi-octane live extravaganza promises to be one of the hottest double bill concert tours to hit the UK in 2019.

The tour includes American blues rock guitarist Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones, who Joe Bonamassa describes as “a kaleidoscope of blazing guitars and searing vocals,” plus Manchester rock band Gorilla Riot.  Every night each band will alternative as headliners, giving them equal share of the limelight.

Tickets, PRICED £14, are on sale from 10am on Tuesday 2nd April and can be booked from www.thegigcartel.com and from the 24-Hour Box Office: 0844 478 0898.

Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones are fronted by a 21-year-old powerhouse guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. The South Carolina-born, Nashville-based artist who formed the band as an eight-year-old, has developed a powerful and sublime synthesis of guitar skills and makes it clear that the future is hers for the taking. Hannah has performed over 2,000 shows including festival appearances. Here, she digs in deep, hits hard, and crushes it. Her latest album is an aural kaleidoscope of blazing guitars and searing vocals, that establishes Wicklund as a triple-threat player, singer and writer in the same vein as Susan Tedeschi and the Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde. The album’s producer, Sadler Vaden, who’s also guitarist with Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, says, “Once we started writing some songs, I saw that she had a real, raw talent and had a love of classic rock music and blues. I wanted to honour that in making this album, but also add a little modern edge to it.”

Gorilla Riot are a 5-piece dirty rock n’ roll blues machine from Manchester, England. They play raucous blues-based rock, combining elements of grunge, stoner and country to create a full-on high energy rock show.

Created by frontman, Arjun Bhishma, he’s surrounded himself with the best talent in Manchester, creating a 3-prong guitar attack with multi-part harmonies. Featuring Arjun on lead vocals and guitar, Liam Henry (guitars, vocals), Charly T. (guitars, vocals), and James “Deggy” Degnen (bass).

The band began song writing and soon entered the studio to record their debut self-titled album. This set them on their path to deliver their blues-drenched dirty sound that evolved into the acclaimed EP, ‘Six Shots Down‘ in 2017.

ROADSTARS – OCTOBER 2019 UK DATES

TICKETS: www.thegigcartel.com & 24-Hour Box Office: 0844 478 0898.

Chester, Live Rooms Thursday 3 October
Manchester, Rebellion Friday 4 October
Birmingham, Flapper Saturday 5 October
Norwich, Waterfront Studio Sunday 6 October
Newcastle, The Cluny Tuesday 8 October
Leeds, Lending Room Wednesday 9 October
Bristol, Exchange Thursday 10 October
London, O2 Islington Academy 2 Friday 11 October

Hot off the back of a barnstorming set at HRH AOR, Manchester’s dirty southern rock n roll blues mavericks, Gorilla Riot release a new single, ‘Half Cut‘, on Fri 29 March. It’s taken from their forthcoming album which is slated for release later this year, in Digital, CD and Vinyl formats on Off Yer Rocka Recordings (OYR).

In true maverick Gorilla Riot style, the song is an eclectic mix of free-flowing consciousness; no linear narrative, no chorus, and a huge chunk of guitar awesomeness.

The single is accompanied by a lyric visualiser produced by Studface Studios.

Mainman, Arjun Bhishma, said, “At the time of writing I was heavily into Contraband by Velvet Revolver. I love that record and I think you can hear some influence from that style of ‘machine’ rock. Once I came up with the riff I still wanted to embed the song into some blues, so the verse riff is just a play on a simple riff with the gain cranked up. The solo came after I gave the song to the boys. It’s not usually the style of song that Charly would get to solo on but we chose to mix it up and he just ran with it, creating this behemoth of a guitar piece.

He added, “The song is a small window into experiences that I have had. It chronicles certain nights/days of revelry, highlighted with splashes of chemical colour. Without going into any specifics, the lyrics are simply supposed to provide a setting for the listener to interpret as they see fit. 

“The recording process was the same as always for us. We get the drums and bass down at Futureworks studio with our engineer Carl Brown. The rest we do in our living rooms, surrounded by incense and cucumbers.”

Gorilla Riot are a 5-piece dirty rock n’ roll blues machine from Manchester, England. Using a 3-prong guitar attack with multi-part vocal harmonies; they play raucous blues-based rock, combining elements of grunge, stoner, and country to create a full-on high energy show.

Created by mainman, Arjun Bhishma, he surrounded himself with the best talent in Manchester to form Gorilla Riot.  Arjun, Liam Henry (guitars & vocals), Charly T. (guitars & vocals), James Degnen (bass), began songwriting and soon entered the studio to record their self-titled mini-album. This set them on their path to delivering their blues-drenched dirty sound that evolved into the acclaimed EP, Six Shots Down in 2017.

Equally at home acoustically or electrically they released their next studio work in May 2018. American Honey Vol 1 saw the guys extend their sound and song-writing prowess with 3 new songs plus an exquisite re-working of their hit song, Last Hymn.

Gorilla Riot recently announced that they have signed a 2-album deal with Off Yer Rocka Recordings, the first of which will be released later in 2019.

LIVE DATES:
MARCH
Fri 29th NEWBURY – The Canal Bar (Acoustic) – Crazy Cowboy Festival Warm Up Show
Tickets: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/461698

Sat 30th READING – Crazy Cowboy Festival 3, Facebar
Tickets: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/443551

APRIL
Tues 2nd EL PUERTO SANTA MARIA, Spain – Milwaukee
Tickets: https://entradium.com/events/concierto-de-gorilla-riot

Weds 3rd SEVILLA, Spain – Sala X
Tickets: https://www.ultimaentrada.com/comprar-entradas/concierto/gorilla-riot-en-sevilla

Thurs 4th PLASENCIA, Spain – Sala Impacto
Tickets: FREE ENTRY

Fri 5th BÉJAR, Spain – La Alquitara
Tickets: FREE ENTRY

Sat 6th ALLARIZ, Spain – Bule Bule (Acoustic)
Tickets: FREE ENTRY

Sat 6th LUGO, Spain – Club Clavicémbalo
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.es/e/entradas-concierto-de-gorilla-riot-uk-en-lugo-52791887958

Sun 7th VALLADOLID, Spain – Kafka Underground (Acoustic)
Tickets: FREE ENTRY

Sun 7th ALDEAMAYOR DE SAN MARTÍN (Nr Valladolid), Spain – El Zagal
Tickets: FREE ENTRY

Tues 9th SANTANDER, Spain – La Tribu

Weds 10th VITORIA, Spain – Urban Rock Concept
Tickets: On The Door

Thurs 11th BILBAO, Spain – La Nube Café Teatro

Fri 12th ZARAGOZA, Spain – La Ley Seca
Tickets: On The Door

Sat 13th LLEIDA, Spain – Café del Teatre

Sun 14th TARRAGONA, Spain – La Traviesa

Fri 19th CRUMLIN, Nr Newport, Wales – TMR RockFest, The Patriot
Tickets: FREE ENTRY

Sat 20th MANCHESTER – Rebellion w/ Tyla’s Dogs D’Amour
Tickets: https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Manchester/Rebellion/Tylas-Dogs-DAmour—Plus-Gorilla-Riot/13476652/

Fri 26th – GRAVESEND – Leo’s Red Lion w/ Bad Touch
Tickets: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/kent/leos-red-lion/bad-touch

Sat 27th – GIVENCHY EN GOHELLE, France – Salle Des Fetes – HRB Festival
Tickets: https://www.helloasso.com/associations/handirockbike/evenements/hrb-festival-avril-2019

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Manchester’s dirty southern rock n roll blues mavericks, Gorilla Riot are thrilled to announce that they have signed a 2-album licensing agreement with Off Yer Rocka Recordings (OYR), home of The Quireboys & Massive.

The first release will be single, Half Cut, out on Fri 29 March, taken from their forthcoming album which is slated for release this Autumn, in Digital, CD and Vinyl formats.

On signing with OYR, Arjun Bhishma, said, “We’re excited to announce that we’ll be working with Off Yer Rocka Recordings. Our debut full length album with be released this year through OYR, and we’re looking forward to reaching more people than ever before with our music. Here’s to a beautiful partnership with more albums to follow! Rock on.”

Head of OYR, Jonni Davis added, “After witnessing the crowd reaction to Gorilla Riot at HRH CROWS last September, I knew straight away I had to have these guys on board with us at Off Yer Rocka.  I invited the guys back for the HRH Awards night and they smashed that too. Their skill and energy were immense and we welcome them as brothers to the OYR and HRH family.  Let’s see how far we can go boys!

One of Gorilla Riot’s first gigs as part of the OYR line-up will be an exclusive showcase for HRH Dark Circle members at HRH AOR VII on March 14th – their third appearance for the HRH family in just 6 months.

Gorilla Riot are a 5-piece dirty rock n’ roll blues machine from Manchester, England.

They play raucous blues based rock, combining elements of grunge, stoner and country to create a full-on high energy rock show.

Created by mainman, Arjun Bhishma, he surrounded himself with the best talent in Manchester to form Gorilla Riot – creating a 3-prong guitar attack with multi-part harmonies.

Arjun, Liam Henry (guitars & vocals), Charly T. (guitars & vocals), James Degnen (bass), began songwriting and soon entered the studio to record their self-titled mini-album. This set them on their path to deliver their blues-drenched dirty sound that evolved into the acclaimed EP, Six Shots Down in 2017.

Equally at home acoustically or electrically they released their next studio work in May 2018. American Honey Vol 1 saw the guys extend their sound and song-writing prowess with 3 new songs plus an exquisite re-working of their hit song, ‘Last Hymn‘.

LIVE DATES:
MARCH
Fri 8th BARNSLEY – Old School House w/ Doomsday Outlaw
Tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/350324462446982/
Thu 14th PRESTATYN – HRH AOR (DC Private Party Set)
Fri 15th SHEFFIELD – Greystones
Tickets: https://www.thegigcartel.com/Artists-profiles/Gorilla-Riot.htm
Fri 29th LONDON – Aces & Eights (Acoustic)
Tickets: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/461698
Sat 30th READING – Crazy Cowboy Festival 3, Facebar
Tickets: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/443551
APRIL
Tues 2nd EL PUERTO SANTA MARIA, Spain – Milwaukee
Tickets: https://entradium.com/events/concierto-de-gorilla-riot
Weds 3rd SEVILLA, Spain – Sala X
Tickets: https://www.ultimaentrada.com/comprar-entradas/concierto/gorilla-riot-en-sevilla
Thurs 4th PLASENCIA, Spain – Sala Impacto
Tickets: FREE ENTRY
Fri 5th BÉJAR, Spain – La Alquitara
Tickets: FREE ENTRY
Sat 6th ALLARIZ, Spain – Bule Bule (Acoustic)
Tickets: FREE ENTRY
Sat 6th LUGO, Spain – Club Clavicémbalo
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.es/e/entradas-concierto-de-gorilla-riot-uk-en-lugo-52791887958
Sun 7th VALLADOLID, Spain – Kafka Underground (Acoustic)
Tickets: FREE ENTRY
Sun 7th ALDEAMAYOR DE SAN MARTÍN (Nr Valladolid), Spain – El Zagal
Tickets: FREE ENTRY
Tues 9th SANTANDER, Spain – La Tribu
Weds 10th VITORIA, Spain – Urban Rock Concept
Tickets: On The Door
Thurs 11th BILBAO, Spain – La Nube Café Teatro
Fri 12th ZARAGOZA, Spain – La Ley Seca
Tickets: On The Door
Sat 13th LLEIDA, Spain – Café del Teatre
Sun 14th TARRAGONA, Spain – La Traviesa
Fri 19th CRUMLIN, Nr Newport, Wales – TMR RockFest, The Patriot
Tickets: FREE ENTRY
Sat 20th MANCHESTER – Rebellion w/ Tyla’s Dogs D’Amour
Tickets: https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Manchester/Rebellion/Tylas-Dogs-DAmour—Plus-Gorilla-Riot/13476652/

Fri 26th – GRAVESEND – Leo’s Red Lion w/ Bad Touch
Tickets: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/kent/leos-red-lion/bad-touch
Sat 27th – GIVENCHY EN GOHELLE, France – Salle Des Fetes
Tickets: https://www.helloasso.com/associations/handirockbike/evenements/hrb-festival-avril-2019

Line up:
Arjun Bhishma (vocals/guitar)
Liam Henry (guitar/vocals)
Charly T. (guitar/vocals)
James Degnen (bass)

LINKS:
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