The Rock City archives: 2016

The Rifles, Rock City Main Hall

  • Saturday 5th March 2016
  • Supported by: Garda + New Street Adventure

2014 was a full decade since their first ever gig. The venue at which it took place – the Bull & Gate in Kentish Town – is no longer with us: just like so, so many of the bands who began their journey around the same time. Most of those bands enjoyed a couple of months of hype, managed to get an album or at least a single out, then felt the hype die down and the magazines, blogs and radio lose interest, and so packed it in.

The Rifles did not. Because they were never in it for any of the above things, and still aren’t. The radio doesn’t play them, people don’t write about them, but they’re still after all of this time making a very powerful connection with a certain type of person.

“It’s our fanbase that’s kept us going, totally,” says bassist/singer/songwriter Joel Stoker. “We can still play to like, a couple of thousand people in London, and all around the country. We’re almost like a cult band: to our fans we’re “their” band.”

“We’re a bit older now, and we’ve got kids and all that,” Lucas notes. “And it’s been hard for us at certain times, but it’s like now we’ve just gone, ‘Fuck it!’ and we’re just doing it to make music that we love. I still feel we’ve got it in us to do a perfect song that people just will not be able to ignore.”

2015 saw the band mark the ten year anniversary of their debut album ‘No Love Lost’ with 4 triumphant sold out Electric Ballroom shows in London and 2016 will see the release of their 5th album.

A message from the band:

Morning All,

Firstly we wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who made it down to the Four Sold Out London Electric Ballroom shows, They were special gigs for us, and you lot made them even better! 10 years? Wow! Thank you!

We can't wait to play some new tunes (and some classics too) up and down the country after our next studio album release in early 2016! So here's a little tour we put together.

All these shows are up and on Sale Tomorrow 26th June at 9am! Just before we play Hyde Park with the Who.

Can't wait to see some of you tomorrow in the Park, and the rest of you on the road soon. sorry it's been a while for everyone outside of London we haven't forgotten you.

Much love!

The Rifles x