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The roots of Riots stem back to 2000 with Swedish musicians (Mathias Svensson - guitar, Louise Hellman - vocals, Mari Eriksson - bass) meeting at a festival and having an idea to start a band. This was called - Goldcrush. Over the next few years they played all the shitty little venues they could find, gave out numerous demo’s, were chosen as unsigned band of the week on Norway’s national radio station show - Urørt …

In 2007 they were the backing band for punk rock legend Charlie Harper and 20+ U.K. Subs songs were learned and played in a small sweaty club in Oslo. Following this gig, internal conflicts came to a head, and a new vocalist was sought. Previously they had played with Oslo band The Curves, and vocalist Gisle Bangsund had caught their attention. The debut gig with Gisle was in 2008.

In 2009 saw the first 7” single release - Another Train EP on blood red vinyl, this coincided with appearances at Oslo punk rock festival and several support shows in Norway for the U.K. Subs.

In the summer of 2010 they toured Europe for the first time, playing everything from small sweaty clubs to large festival stages in Holland, Germany, Czech Republic and Poland. A new cd was released for the tour.

New songs were written and recorded and in 2011 they played a couple of festival shows in Germany before embarking on another summer European tour, this time 8 club shows in Germany and Czech Republic.

In November 2011 Goldcrush changed their name to Riots.


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