The Rifles

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The Rifles Biography

Despite their relatively short tenure within rock'n'roll The Rifles exude the self-contained air of a band that have been inspired by the street-level perceptions that characterize one of British pop's most vital bloodlines from The Kinks to The Smiths to The Streets. That's not all. Fuelled by a bleak London wit and a cinematic vision which takes in everything from 'Nil By Mouth' to 'The Warriors' ('We're gonna come on stage to the theme music!' beams Luke) their adrenalised assault is, well, double barreled.

Luke and singer Joel Stoker - imagine a young Paul Weller scripted by Mike Leigh - spent their days gravitating between Walthamstow (Joel and bassist Rob Pyne) and Kentish Town (Luke) before meeting like-minded Grant Marsh. A native of Chingford and resident DJ at his own club night 'Slash', ran in the shadow of Christ Church Spitalfields. The die was cast.

'Seeing Oasis at Knebworth,' explains affable Rifles guitarist Luke Crowther, an immaculate dandy accessorized by shades and an ivory silk scarf. '...was a life changing moment, the inspiration and excitement it created, they seemed to have the power to draw the audience in with the emotional resonance that I hadn't experienced before. From that moment on we knew we had to start a band.'

The intensity burns bright in the world of The Rifles as Joel enthuses 'From that point on we were The Rifles.the name just seemed to fit. We wanted something direct.'

Fully formed, the band played the first Rifles gig at the Bull & Gate in January 2004 to a capacity crowd. News spread of these savvy young urbanites with NME quickly describing The Rifles as 'the first band with a London postcode worth tattooing on your heart for ages' and Zane Lowe enthusing over their debut single on Radio One. The band soon began to build an army of likeminded fans, keen to immerse themselves in their tales of London life and witness their incendiary live performances in smokey pubs on dark winter nights.

Just a few weeks after their latest single 'Local Boy' crashed into the top 40, The Rifles are in the studio recording their debut album in the trusty hands of production legend Ian Broudie (Subways, Zutons, Coral). Inspired by life in the City, rumours abound that we could be looking at an album to rival other capital classics - like The Specials - 'Two Tone' rewritten for the noughties or The Streets 'Original Pirate Material'' delivered over guitars.

With their sharp vocals, wry lyricism and pithy melodies The Rifles evoke a mood, a feeling and a place we all want to be and return to again.

The Rifles: their aim is true.

Paul Moody - November 2005

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The Rifles Picture Gallery

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prince harry departing the rifles club after the wa
prince harry departing the rifles club after the wa

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The Latest The Rifles News

The Rifles Brew Their Own Brand Of Beer

7th November 2011

The Rifles have followed in the footsteps of fellow British rockers Elbow and launched their own brand of beer.The quintet...

The Rifles Cancel Shows Over Closed Venue

4th April 2008

British rockers THE RIFLES have been forced to cancel two London shows - after learning the venue they were scheduled...

Former Blur Star's Gig For Tsunami Appeal

9th January 2005

Former BLUR guitarist GRAHAM COXON has agreed to play a one-off gig in aid of the Asian Tsunami Disaster Appeal....

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The Rifles Reviews

The Rifles - Freedom Run Album Review

4th October 2011

The Rifles return after a couple of years out and with their third studio album...

The Rifles - Leeds Stylus Live Review

25th March 2009

Review of The Rifles live at Leeds Refectory on 22nd March 09.The Rifles have a...

The Rifles - Fall To Sorrow Single Review

16th February 2009

Review of The Rifles single 'Fall To Sorrow'.Heading out on a tour of the UK...

The Rifles - No Love Lost Album Review

18th July 2006

The RiflesNo Love LostAlbum ReviewMake no mistake about it, The Rifles are so amazingly 'now',...

The Rifles - Repeated Offender Single Review

14th March 2006

The RiflesRepeated OffenderSingle ReviewA very British offering here from The Rifles. Picture a collaborative partnership...

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The Rifles Festivals

V Festival

16th August 2014

Isle of Wight Festival

12th June 2014

Rock Am Ring

5th June 2014

Berlin Festival

5th September 2014

Hop Farm

5th June 2014

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The Rifles Interviews

The Rifles, Interview

4th July 2006

The Rifles InterviewFrom playing their very first gig to the mouths of indie-informed persons everywhere...

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The Latest The Rifles Press Releases

The Rifles Announce New Single 'All I Need' Out In The UK On 5th May 2014

9th April 2014

On 5th May The Rifles return with their new single 'All I Need'...

The Rifles Announce New Album 'None The Wiser' Released January 20th 2014

16th October 2013

On January 20th 2014 The Rifles return with their fourth studio album '...

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