Say hello to the newest cheeky Brit pop band to cross the pond.
Perhaps best described as a hybrid of The Kooks and The Arctic Monkeys (with a touch of The Cold War Kids), The Rifles are looking to break through to North American audiences.
Presenting The Great Escape EP — an energetic, light-hearted sample of what The Rifles have to offer.
I thoroughly enjoyed all four featured tracks. The Rifles exude a jangly, playful vibe that is conveyed in each of their sample tracks. Short guitar licks and light, upbeat percussion give the EP an all-over energetic, slightly retro grunge-band feel.
The band was formed in 2004, and their debut album, No Love Lost, peaked the UK charts at #26. The Rifles recently signed with Nettwerk in North America and will be touring our side of the Atlantic come autumn.
Pleasant, and feel-good, if this EP is any indication to what the LP will sound like, I think there’s room for The Rifles to make a name for themselves and capture the hearts of North American Indie fans everywhere. Keep an eye out for this fantastic four; they’ll be doing big things in the next year.
Read on for the tracklist and mp3s