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The Hillary Watts Riot plays "Freak Pop" - a genre best described as Hall & Oates meets Sonic Youth, spritzed with Devo's pheromones.

Miss Hillary and her Drones celebrate the joy of tube tops, killer bees, dapper serial killers, and 1970's sci-fi cinema. There is no sanctuary from the groove.


In early 2010, Kansas City musicians Christian Hankel and Tommy Donoho were conceiving a new musical genre. Pulling from musical influences ranging from Sonic Youth and Devo, to King Crimson and James Brown - but guided by a love of the smooth sounds of Hall & Oates, Cher, and Hanson - they mapped out a new territory they called "Freak Pop."

While they were both seasoned performers, they knew that it required a special type of person to front a Freak Pop band. They quickly decided upon their mutual friend, Hillary Watts. One part hilarious, one part insane, and all parts sexy, Hillary had all the parts necessary to make Freak Pop a reality.

And so was born The Hillary Watts Riot. Hillary's unique view of the world, coupled with Tommy's and Christian's musical experimentation, caused many strange and delightful songs to come into being. The Riot added drummer Torre Norton in early 2013, just to turn the freak up to eleven.


The Hillary Watts Riot is loud, sexy, and brazenly odd. They play a style of music they call "Freak Pop" - humorous, absurd, and often sexually-charged lyrics, funk-inspired dance rhythms, dirty synth lines, and lots of experimentation and noise.

Looking like a cross between a 1980's Pat Benatar and a prom queen, Hillary Watts fronts a band of nameless, jumpsuited Drones. Together, they create an audiovisual playground that entices the audience like a stranger with candy.


Hard grooves, off-kilter rhythms, and sonic explosions underscore tales of the odd done by the strange: killer bees on a rampage; hirsute, gun-toting cadillac drivers; funky odes to tube tops; bubble boys in love. The Kansas City Star has this to say on the subject:

"The first single off the band’s debut EP, 'A/S/L,' boasts perhaps the funkiest bass line in Kansas City. 'Tube Top' is a groovy, loungey song that moves into a Blondie-esque break, maintaining an unconventional but superior sense of musicianship throughout."
- Michelle Bacon


A/S/L (April 2012, Money Wolf Music - http://www.moneywolfmusic.com)

Visit the hive at www.thehillarywattsriot.com.
For booking and info: thehillarywattsriot@moneywolfmusic.com

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