After arriving at the Gibson Guitar Studio in London looking drenched after being caught in a downpour of biblical proportions I went to the top room in a building that doesn’t even look like a gig venue, the only real give away was the bouncers and an understated plaque outside. If you were ever going to find a venue that was an insiders secret, this was it.
There was a change in support band from Life in Film to Korova which was a shame as Korova could only be compared to The Twang if they were from London which in reality is truly awful. The only good song they had was the last one which featured the keyboard player rapping and for someone who doesn’t like rap music, it was pretty good.
Its no secret that The Rifles have been around for a long time but they’ve somehow avoided the mainstream limelight. I think that if you asked any true fan they’d say this is the way they’d want it to stay, but I still feel that The Rifles should be achieving more mainstream success than they are (which brings me on to congratulating the American public for recognising how little talent Cheryl Cole has and then getting rid of her!).
The set started out with a new track from their forthcoming third album “Moving On” and then onto “Great Escape” which started out slowed down but gradually progressed into an epic crescendo. “Sweetest Thing” and “Long Way Back” were the two stand out new tracks from the album and I would have thought that with a new drummer and bassist it would have been quite awkward and not as tightly played as their previous line up would have been, but I was wrong as they were having cheery banter between songs about who owes who a McDonalds like it was that initial line up.
The Rifles ended their set with fan favourites “Romeo and Julie” which induced football ground style chant of ‘Whoa whoa wahoooo’ and then “Local Boy” to end.
The thing that I really like about the band is that they don’t pretend to be something they’re not. They’re working class people writing working class music. They wear no disguise.
© Lauren Towner, Music Vice
The Rifles played:
“Peace and Quiet”
“Long Way Back”
“Out In The Past”
“Romeo and Julie”
Photographs of The Rifles at Gibson Guitar Studio: