While Ska was popular in the 90's, it is no longer commercial and profitable as it once was. Do you think the modern underground nature of Ska is a blessing or curse?
It really depends on what form of ska you mean, whether it be two-tone, skacore, ska-punk (which barely exists anywhere in the UK now) or something different. We’d obviously benefit from it being bigger in the mainstream, but what it does push us to do is evolve our music into something more unique. We’d love to be the band who can bridge the gap between current popular music and the underground scene!
are you going to be releasing a new album this year?
Can’t tell you for sure yet, we are in the process of writing more new songs, but then recording new stuff comes down to us spending lots of money…
With that in mind, we’d much rather give you another EP of the best tracks we can, rather than rushing out 10+ tracks. This isn’t us saying that’s what we’re going to do, but that’s the mentality if we do end up just releasing another EP :)
Do you have a favorite American city you've been to thusfar?
We need to start by saying that every single USA & Canada show was incredible (except for maybe the backstage room in Poughkeepsie, which had no lightbulb and just one wooden chair! The crowd were still awesome), but probably our favourite show of the tour would have been Boston House of Blues.
As we said, we’ll be honest in our answers. We (former FDG members in New Riot) have spent a very long time creating something new and for a while were working hard on losing the ‘ex-Fandangle’ tagline people gave us and simply become New Riot.
With this in mind, we have each moved on from the days of Fandangle. It still has a special place in our hearts, as we toured for so many days, weeks, months and years in the band and wrote many of the songs. As far as a band goes though, it is very unlikely that you’ll see a reunion, it has been attempted behind the scenes for just one show, but it became apparent to us again why we had all decided to move on to new things and we are all focusing now on New Riot.
Hopefully yes, we always approach local promoters in Peterborough for shows when we tour and it’s up to them whether to book us. The best thing you can possibly do is contact you favourite local venue and ask them to book us. If they see the demand, it’ll happen :)
What happened to the live EP that you offered to donors back during your 2010 tour? Are there any plans to release this?
This is a very valid question, we planned to record this at a show in London, but sadly the people both filming / recording had to pull out. Since then we haven’t had the ideal opportunity to do it, as it takes a while to set up properly.
However… we did send out the new EP for free to all USA tour donors instead, so we hope that made up for it!
We always pay attention when you guys post on our Facebook or tweet to us, asking us to return to your continent and we hugely appreciate the support, honestly it’s been so extremely humbling throughout the last year to see how many of you want us back!
We feel we owe you an explanation though as to why we haven’t yet returned and why you see us only posting about shows in UK and Europe. Honestly, it comes down largely to money. We have always been a band funded out of our own pockets, no big label handout, no rich parents, so everything we’ve done, has been either thanks to our fans buying merchandise, or a result of us all saving up.
To really show you guys what we mean, we’ve decided to post up a breakdown of what it cost us to tour last Summer in the USA & Canada:
Performance VISA ($7,350+)
$4500 in Lawyers Fees (to apply for P1 visas)
$1500 for fast-tracking the paperwork
$900 US Embassy interview fees (which did not guarantee the VISA approval)
Travel costs to London for interviews
$350 Passport replacement costs for 2 members (resulting in us cancelling Jorddunst Festival in Norway)
Flight costs (Around $5000) Merchandise printing costs ($3732 on tees & CDs) Van rental ($4500) Van Fuel (About $2500) General living / spending money (Around $600+ per person)
TOTAL SPEND: $26,082+
Sadly, due to these costs, our Trumpet player Ed was not able to raise the funds needed to make it over. The rest of us were able to find the money by taking loans, begging parents and friends and selling our souls, but are to this day still paying it off.
When over in America, our standard fee per show was $200 or less (that’s for the whole band, not per member). This money usually completely went toward fuel and rent for the van and if we were lucky, we had a small amount spare to all squeeze into one motel room!
We were lucky in one way though, because we were on tour with two amazing bands, with a load of incredible fans, we were able to sell out of all of our merchandise, this helped us to live while on tour and also helped a little towards financial recovery on return to the UK, so for that, we thank you all! We also want to hugely thank those who donated towards our tour in advance of it. You were able to raise $1600, which helped us to afford all of the VISA fees!
Pre-tour Fundraising ($1,600) Income from shows ($4,000) Income from merch sales ($10,000)
TOTAL INCOME: $15,600 TOTAL EXPENDITURE: $26,082
OVERALL TOUR TOTAL: -$10,482 (loss)
To say that this tour was the best time of our lives would be an understatement, none of us regret spending this amount of money, but sadly it’s not something we are easily able to do again, and that’s why we haven’t yet returned. There are solutions though:
A record label in the US could offer to represent us for our tour, resulting in the legal fees not being applied to our VISA application.
We could potentially tour if offered a slot on a very big tour, with guaranteed large crowds, in hope that we are able to make money back on merchandise sales. - You guys can help with this, post as often as you can to the Twitter and Facebook accounts of your favourite bands, asking them to get us over!
We could all win the lottery.
You guys already do help us each and every day though, with every t-shirt or CD order, a small amount of money is invested into the band and the things we do, we have never once taken personal payment from the band. Everything you invest, we return to you in some way! That is the reason we push our merchandise sales.
So, hopefully this blog explains everything as clearly as it possibly can. We WANT to return to America, we love you guys and hope it will happen, but sadly we’re a bit restricted at the moment, let’s hope it will all change soon!
Thanks for reading, please feel free to reblog this if you have Tumblr and please feel free to leave any comments on our Facebook or Twitter.
On a brighter note, our new EP comes out on November 12th, fuck yeah!
Good evening everyone, we hope you’re having an awesome summer so far! We have decided to start sending out monthly newsletters, as Facebook have just started charging for Facebook posts to actually be posted to everyone’s news feed, which we think is just plain cheeky!
So, what exciting news do we have for you this month!? Well, loads of stuff as it turns out!
THE BIG CHEESE NEW MUSIC TOUR
We have a co-headline tour starting this Thursday with The Hype Theory. We will be playing all the tracks from our new EP, plus plenty of old favourites too, so make sure to head down to check them out before anyone else. The dates are:
If you know you are heading down, please grab an advance ticket. Not only does it cost less than on the door usually, but it keeps us calm knowing that we’ll definitely see you guys there! None of the shows clash with any England Euro 2012 matches!
BRAND NEW SONG
If you haven’t noticed, have put out a brand new song called "Live Fast, Die Young" from our upcoming EP "Raising the Stakes". We’d love to know what you think! You can check it out on your favourite sites:
If you would like a FREE DOWNLOAD of our new track “Live Fast, Die Young”, simply head here - http://bit.ly/KwLc13 - click the ‘Free Download’ link and sign up to our mailing list. We promise, you will not be spammed!
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New Riot are currently looking for a new bassist to complete our 6-piece line-up. We are looking for serious applicants with plenty of stage experience and enough time to commit to the band. Commitments would include touring (UK, Europe, USA, Canada etc.), recording, song-writing etc.
To make sure we find the right person, we’re going to be a little picky! If you think you meet most of the below requirements, we strongly advise you to apply:
✔ Must be 18+
✔ Good level of bass playing skill within the pop-punk / ska-punk genre is essential
✔ Previous stage experience is highly recommended
✔ Must own suitable equipment (or be in a position to buy / acquire equipment needed)
✔ Should ideally be well organised, motivated & energetic
✔ Should take a degree of pride in appearance, lots of people will be watching you on stage!
✔ Driving license / car is a bonus, although should you be able to easily travel to Guildford, Swindon, Southampton areas via other means, that should be fine.
If you would like to apply, please send details of:
✖ How you feel you meet the above requirements
✖ Basic details (age, hometown, contact info etc.)
✖ Link to Facebook
✖ A photo of yourself (if your Facebook photos aren’t publicly viewable)
✖ Any video footage you may have of you performing. Or any audio clips.
✖ Anything else you feel may show us that you are the right bassist for us.
There are some very exciting times ahead for New Riot. If you are unsure about anything, please don’t hesitate to ask us. We’re all very friendly people!
I think out of my entire body, my boobs hurt the most. I understand why though, I got thrown around and smushed against people A LOT in the pit last night. I just don’t understand why I’m not bruised, like, everywhere. I have a leeetle tiny scar on my left ring finger when this…
Not really a question, But you guys are fucking awesome, I've seen so many bands live, like massive bands, but you guys are by far one of my favourites, just the energy you put into every show, the way you talk to everyone after, You guys are just insane. Your music is the best too listen to in the morning to get you pumped for the day. cruisin around with your tunes blastin out the car is also insane. Im so proud of you guys for getting so far, touring in america, im so excited for you, been a fan since the fandangle days, you guys just get better and better, and im so proud of you. Keep going guys, you're brilliant <3
Hey everyone. We firstly want to say how amazing you’ve all been with your donations lately, it’ll be helping us out so so much and we really looking for as many amazing rewards as possible for anyone that donates!
On a not so great note, our drummer Heady has made the very hard decision not to play the US tour. A family member is currently very ill and Heady has decided that he can’t risk being out of the country for the month. Obviously we’re gutted about this, as is Heady, but family always comes first in situations like this. Our thoughts go out to him and his family.
You may all be asking the question of who will be playing drums for us on this tour, as well as who will be filling in on bass for this tour now that Andy B has parted ways with New Riot. We can reveal that great friends of our’s Drew Comley and Scott Wilson (ex-Kids Can’t Fly), will be coming over to the states with us to fill the roles and we are so grateful that they have agreed to help us out :)
Your donations will be helping us to fund part of the trip for Drew and Scott, naturally we can’t ask them to fork out quite as much money as we all are, so please please, if you even just have 10p spare, we’d appreciate it so much if you were generous enough to donate!
So, amongst all our good news lately, we also have some bad news to tell you all.
Our bassist and backing vocalist Andy B has decided to leave New Riot. Obviously these things aren’t black and white, but it mainly comes down to a difference in artistic direction.
Andy has played alongside some of us for more years than we can remember and we’ve had some amazing and hilarious times with him. Sadly though, good things come to an end and we will miss Andy as much as we’re sure all our fans will.
Andy will be spending more of his time working at his new awesome recording studio in Yeovil (Music Box Recording Studio) for now and we honestly wish him the best with it…. BANDS!! Book in there now!
Many of you will be wondering how we’re going to play the US / Canadian tour. We are lining up a fill in bassist for the summer and should hopefully be able to reveal who it will be within the next day or two.
We are currently fundraising for our trip over to the United States & Canada, where we will be spending over 3 weeks supporting Reel Big Fish & Streetlight Manifesto.
It’s never been easy for bands from the UK to go over to the US, largely because of costs, so we are looking to see if you guys might be able to help a little. We are currently scraping together the money we all individually have to try and afford flights, visas, accommodation, transport etc. and any help you guys can give us would be massively appreciated.
We are also helping to fund the tour for our two fill-in members, Drew and Scott (ex-Kids Can’t Fly), as they are doing us a huge favour by playing this tour!
As a token of our thanks, we’ll be offering these rewards:
£1.00+ - A free download of an exclusive live album we will be releasing later this year (only available to people who donate).
£5.00+ - Entry into a competition to win one of 10 goodie bags with a whole load of amazing signed merch (plus live album)
£10.00+ - Entry into a competition to win signed instruments from the band (specific items to be announced soon!… but Ryan’s spraypainted trombone & Tommy’s first guitar will definitely be included!) (plus live album & goodie bag competition entry!)
£100.00+ - If you donated anything like this, we’d sort out some amazing reward, like a full acoustic performance at your house or something :)
NEW RIOT East Coast US & Canadian tour w/ Reel Big Fish & Streetlight Manifesto!
So here it is, the biggest news we’ve ever had the pleasure of announcing!! This Summer we are going to be touring the US & Canada East Coast with Reel Big Fish & Streetlight Manifesto!! Check out the dates below:
Friday July 22nd - Toronto, ONT @ Sound Academy Saturday July 23rd - Clifton Park NY @ Northern Lights Sunday July 24th - Portland, ME @ State Theatre Monday July 25th - Montreal, QUE @ Metropolis Tuesday July 26th - Providence, RI @ Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel Wednesday July 27th - Hampton Beach, NH @ Casino Ballroom Thursday July 28th - Boston, MA @ House of Blues Friday July 29th - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Saturday July 30th - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Sunday July 31st - Washington D.C. @ 9:30 club Monday August 1st - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory Tuesday August 2nd - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom Wednesday August 3rd - Norfolk, VA @ the Norva Thursday August 4th - Charlotte, NC @ the Fillmore Charlotte Saturday August 6th - Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live Sunday August 7th - Orlando, FL @ House of Blues Monday August 8th - Atlanta, GA @ the Masquerade Tuesday August 9th - Richmond, VA @ The National Wednesday August 10th - New York, NY @ Best Buy Theatre Thursday August 11th - Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory Friday August 12th - Niagara, NY @ Rapids Theatre Saturday August 13th - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall Sunday August 14th - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
We are so unbelievably stoked to be on the tour and hopefully we’ll finally be able to play to some international fans that we haven’t had the chance to visit before!!
If you have Tumblr and you’re feeling kind, it’d be incredible if you could reblog this for us, we really want to spread the word and we can’t wait to represent UK ska-punk across the pond!