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The Rifles take aim at greatness

The Rifles

Feature by Jack Foley

HOTLY-tipped punk-rockers The Rifles look set to build on their growing reputation with the release of new single Repeated Offender in March.

The track is the first shot from The Rifles’ sessions with producer Ian Broudie (The Zutons, The Subways) and was recorded in Mickey Most’s legendary RAK studio.

The beat is described as ‘Motown on amphetamines’, while the lyrics teach a Walthamstow street lesson The Specials could have written 20 years ago.

Explains lead singer Joel Stoker: “It’s about one of my mates but I don’t want to say which one incase he fucking reads about it. Everyone’s got one of them in their group that’s just a nightmare when they have a drink. They start trouble every time they go out.”

The vibe surrounding The Rifles is red-hot right now. They have already seen one of their singles made into a ‘hottest record in the world’ by Radio 1’s Zane Lowe and had Graham Coxon singing their praises.

While their division of young fans helped to propel their recent single Local Boy to number 36 in the charts.

For their new assault, Broudie took the band’s garage sound, stripped it out, refitted it with handclaps, tambourines snaps and tremolo guitar to magnify the infectious pop melody hiding amongst all the feral energy.

The message couldn’t be put more pithily in the lyrics: “Now don’t you pretend when you wake in the morning/ you’re lying to yourself it won’t happen again/ repeated offender you should come with a warning/ it’s embarrassing for all of your friends.”

Hear Repeated Offender now

You can catch the band at the following dates:

February 2006
16 – King Tuts Glasgow
17 – Academy, Newcastle
18 – Faversham, Leeds
20 – Sugarmill, Stoke
21 – Soundhaus, Northampton
22 – Fleece & Firkin, Bristol
23 – Bunters (Tuck Shop), Truro
25 – Colosseum, Coventry
26 – Zodiac, Oxford
27 – Chinnerys, Southend

1 – Soul Tree, Cambridge
2 – Moles Club, Bath
3 – Met Lounge, Peterborough
4 – Leadmill, Sheffield
6 – Academy Birmingham
7 – Social, Nottingham
8 – Roadhouse, Manchester
9 – 93 Feet East, London

The Rifles will then be supporting the Dead 60’s on the following dates:

15 – Manchester University
16 – The Colosseum, Coventry
18 – The Ballroom, Nottingham
19 – The Astoria, London