Rude City Riot is a hard hitting 8 piece “Power-Ska” band from the Pacific NorthWest, Vancouver BC, Canada to be exact.
What is Power-Ska you ask? The answer when applied to Rude City Riot is “start with Ska Music and add equal parts Reggae, Punk and Hard Rock and you get “Power-Ska”.
RCR released their debut self titled EP / CD in Nov. 2008 and has released 3 digital singles on Skaspot Records in 2010 . "Nothin But Time" is now released on Stomp Records. It is RCR's first full length album and is available on iTunes, Amazon or from Stomprecords.com.
Dustin Lionhart, lead singer and primary songwriter for RCR has been writing Ska songs since age 14 and is now writing melodic anthems accessible to all those who love good music and well crafted songs.
Typical media / press reviews of Rude City Riot Music:
Ska tends to be typecast,
modeled to a great extent
on the early 80s Two Tone
look and sound from
England, which makes
Rude City Riot different.
Sure, the horn
arrangements and rhythms
that are ska trademarks are
here, but the album starts
with a rock and roll urgency
that suggests Rude City
Riot is flexible and won’t be
hemmed in by typecasting.
It even sounds like
Loverboy at times, which is
really unexpected. “Bonnie
And Clyde,” which follows,
has a punk edge. “Imposter
Man” could be Toots And
The Maytals. “Kick Me
When I’m Down” mixes Van
Halen guitar with a tough
reggae rhythm and nagging
- Tom Harrison, The
Province Newspaper (Sep
"If you replaced the up-strokes with
down and the horns with another guitar,
Vancouver, BC's Rude City Riot could
be Canada's next Chixdiggit ― that is to
say, creators of some incredibly well
crafted, straight-ahead, insanely catchy
pop punk. The phrasing of the verses
and the expert creation and execution of
a killer chorus (not to mention the lead
vocals of singer Dustin Lionhart III,
which are pretty similar to Chixdiggits'
K.J. Jansen) are pretty much where the
comparisons end though, because Rude
City Riot like to ska the hell out of their
stuff, and they do it impressively well ―
doubly so considering this is their debut.
The seven-piece shine on "Victoria," an
anthem about a troublesome girl (or is it
a city?), and "Rudies Don't Care." Both
open with that beloved ska brass and
continue like the best of favourite
commercial ska punks Reel Big Fish
and Mighty Mighty Bosstones. A select
group of people will treasure this, with
Rude City Riot keeping the ska dream
- Nicole Villeneuve,
Exclaim.ca (May 31, 2011)
"Oi, There's a strong new voice in the ska scene and it
belongs to Rude City Riot. Their Nothin' But Time debut
album showcases a sound they call power-ska; it's a
harmonious blend of punk, reggae, soul and ska that files
neatly enough under ska-punk. The songwriting seems
surprisingly sophisticated for a bunch of newcomers, until
you learn that frontman Dustin Lionhart III has been
writing ska music since he was 14. Lionhart's rude-boy
lyrics tell tales of hoodlums and junkies in seedy
neighborhoods like Vancouver's downtown east side; all the
anger, exhilaration and desperation of these sad
but proud souls is brought to life through shoutout
harmonies, beefy guitar riffs and a terrific horn
section that especially shines on the rollicking
instrumental "DC Riot Stomp," the album's best
offering. This is a very fine debut from a skilled
team of musicians who clearly enjoy what they're
doing. Not every riot in Vancouver has to be bad."
- Jody McCutcheon, CHARTattack
“From the untamed wilderness that is the Pacific Northwest comes a gift…and a marvelous gift it is indeed. No, it’s not amateur video footage of Sasquatch doing the Macarena (although that would obviously rock). It’s better. Much better. Those crazy Ska-nucks, Rude City Riot, recently released a double-sided digital single as a follow up to their debut, self-titled album. With “Imposter Man” and “Same Old Story”, RCR picks up right where they left off with the their last studio offering. Brilliant! Power-Ska at its best. The melodic elements of 2 Tone meets the edginess of third wave, pulling up just short of the ska-core precipice. These cats continue to impress. - Drago" WWW.Froglix.Com
"This is seriously infectious stuff. It opens with a solid acoustic guitar ska groove and a power vocal going on about feeling ill, which conveniently rhymes with "pills". When the band kicks in they're as tight as a screw. And look out for that sax solo. iPod worthy."
- John McLaughlin, The Province Newspaper - review of Rude City Riot song "Shots & Pills" (Mar 23, 2010)
Please visit WWW.RUDECITYRIOT.COM
http://www.reverbnation.com/rudecityriot (RCR Profile)
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Skaspot Records 778 886 2747
Dan Cowan firstname.lastname@example.org
Rude City Riot is:
Dusty Lionhart III - Lead Vocals
Scotty Atkins - Guitars & Vocals
Luis Garzon - Bass Guitar & Vocals
Kevin Tang - Trombone & Vocals
Jonny McCormack - Sax & Vocals
Sean Kight - Drums & Vocals
Peter Bowles - Keys & Vocals
Steffen Peter - Guitar & Vocals
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