PINT SHOT RIOT

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You grab your phone and text your mate, asking if he fancies a PINT, but the predictive text throws up in rapid fashion PINT SHOT RIOT.

Do mobile phone manufacturers know more about the state of this country than they’re letting on????



The names tell it all: Rocket, so called because aged 18 he worked at the infamous Rocket pub where various football hooligan firms spilled into upon arriving at Coventry Railway station. Mini Rocket, simply because he’s slightly less (in) famous than his elder cousin. Baby Dave, well, maybe just because he’s shorter than the rest of them, and Rob, because that's his name.


So how did they get together: Rocket bought a guitar and began to learn to play. Influenced by Brit Pop during his early years he wanted to write his own songs. He and cousin Mini Rocket had always been thick as thieves, hence Mini diving in at the deep end and learning the drums so they could make this happen together.


Songs were written but were no good without a band. A small studio in Coventry called J10 had loads of musicians through the doors and seemed a perfect place to ask if anyone knew of a bassist. Baby Dave emerged, committed 100% and took everything to a new level. The three members were perfect in their roles.


Now the search was on to find a lead guitar player to complete the band and for the second time a studio would come to the rescue. There was talk of a kid called Rob who was proper class on guitar, he had worked at a studio in Birmingham where Rocket, Mini and Dave had demo'd some early recordings.


Rob lived in Redditch where he had his own little make shift studio at his folks house. After a quick phone call with Rocket they decided to have a jam.


This rehearsal in Jan 2007 was where everything clicked into place and PINT SHOT RIOT became what they are today.


Influenced by the spiky rhythms and even spikier lyrics of The Clash, the working class rock ‘n’ roll attitude of Oasis and the melodies and harmonies of The Kinks. Pint Shot Riot’s songs talk not of despair but of hope, not of everyday mundane life but of dreams, not of isolation but of strength in union. It’s an ambition. A promise.


Praise for their early recordings soon appeared - BBC Radio One Steve Lamacq ‘In New Music We Trust’ Demo Of the Week (April ‘07), BBC 6 Music Unsigned Band Of the Week (May ’07), a slot on the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury (June ’07), BBC Radio One’s Huw Stephens “Best New Band In the UK” (July ’07)


In October 2007 the band digitally released their debut single ‘Punches Kicks Trenches and Swords’ on their own label ‘LIFE IN THE BIG CITY RECORDS’. Huw Stephens played it on Radio One and The Kaiser Chiefs gave the single 10/10 on 6 Music’s Round Table Show hosted by Steve Lamacq.


Kerrang! xfm Scotland and Juice radio stations also gave the single some spins.


In November 2007 the band sold out the 400 capacity Colosseum club in Coventry.


Q Magazine said, “It seems The Enemy aren’t the only band fizzling with youthful rage”


Clash Magazine said, “PINT SHOT RIOT are extolling the virtues of ambition and chasing dreams, and we’re listening. One to watch for in 2008!


The Fly, The Sun and The Daily Star also all hailed the band as one to watch for in 2008!


The bands second single ‘Start Digging’ was released in July 2008 on CD and digitally. This received extensive specialist plays on Radio One from Huw Stephens and now form Zane Lowe. Steve Lamacq continued to support the band on 6music as did the specialist regional stations. NME TV came on board and playlisted the video.


But also, a DJ in Los Angeles called Sat Bisla started playing the single on his import radio show ‘Passport Approved’. He was so excited by the band he tipped off E.A. Games about them.


The weekend before the release the band supported Glasvegas and The Enemy at the Godiva Festival in Coventry. ‘Start Digging’ then charted at No. 3 in the UK Indie charts behind Dizzee Rascal and The Last Shadow Puppets!


Support slots with Athlete, We Are Scientist, The Twang and Cage The Elephant followed. Then in September 2008. The band sold out the 1,000 Capacity Kasbah club in Coventry. This was filmed by Tim Lovejoy’s Channelbee who made them the first unsigned band to be featured on the channel.


The third single to be released was ‘Holes’ in October 2008 on CD, digitally and on Heavy Duty 7” vinyl as an E.P. of all three singles! This helped the single become the second highest new entry at No.7 and then the highest climber peaking at No. 6 on the UK Indie chart!


Again it received favourable specialist radio support, NME TV playlisted the video which was a snapshot of the 1,000 capacity sell out gig. Soccer AM also featured it as did a whole host of football clubs up and down the country as momentum for the band continued to grow. Front man Rocket even found himself supporting Pete Doherty on his solo tour!


In November 2008 E.A. Games asked for a track for the new SIMS 3 game due for release in early 2009. It was decided to give them the first single ‘Punches Kicks Trenches And Swords’ as this hadn’t really had any international exposure.


To back this up a compilation of the first three singles plus B-sides and an exclusive acoustic track would be made available digitally worldwide and physically territory by territory as demand grows.


This would be called ROUND ONE and would be the fourth release on the bands own label. LIFE IN THE BIG CITY RECORDS.


In December 2008 the band signed their publishing to E.A. Games joint venture company Artwerk Music llc administered worldwide by Nettwerk One Music.


With investment in the bank, they then got writing and rehearsing as in January 2009 they were off to see producer Peter Miles (The King Blues) in his studio in Devon to record their debut album.


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