DUBLIN’S FINEST INDIE POP BAND RELEASE ‘CARDINAL RULES’
Dublin four piece Riot Tapes are back with the follow up to ‘the Key’. ‘Cardinal Rules’ is available from iTunes and other good digital stores now.
Riot Tapes are: Elaine Doyle (lead vocals, guitar), Chris O’Brien (guitar), Robert Crosbie (bass) and Dave Ivers (drums).
Since their formation in late 2010, the band has gone from strength to strength. Hotly tipped as one of Ireland’s next big exports, the group have received record label interest from America and the United Kingdom.
Riot Tapes released their debut single ‘Photograph’ in Ireland in April 2011 and it went straight in at number five on the Irish download charts. The band then dove head first into recording their debut album. Primary recording took place in Windmill Lane, Westland Studios as well as a variety of other studios in Dublin, London and even Nashville, Tennessee.
In October 2011, Riot Tapes featured heavily on The Apprentice. ‘Photograph’ was used as part of the national television and radio advertising for the series. The band made an appearance during one of the episodes when the teams were given a task to find the best in Irish music – Riot Tapes were chosen by both teams!
Whilst recording the album the band made a number of live appearances in Dublin. These appearances included headline shows in Whelan’s, the Workman’s Club and the Grand Central. In late 2011, Ham Sandwich invited Riot Tapes to be their special guests at their homecoming and New Year’s Eve gigs (the latter taking place in the Village in Dublin.).
During 2012 the band played a few shows in Northern Ireland as well as a handful of low key gigs across the country to road test the material for the album – however, they spent most of last year in the studio working on their much anticipated debut. The record has since been mixed by Rogers Masson (Marilyn Manson, Vintage Trouble, Daughtry) in Nashville.
Now in 2013, the results of the hard work Riot Tapes have put in are clear. In February of this year the band released ‘the Key’. The radio only single gained airplay on Today FM, 2FM, 2XM and a number of regional and local stations right across the country. Featuring strings by members of the RTE Symphony Orchestra, ‘the Key’ was the Play Irish Single of the Week in March.
The sound of the band’s follow up ‘Cardinal Rules’ compliments the words of Hot Press when they said that Riot Tapes are “destined to break into the mainstream,”. A number of dates for the ‘Cardinal Rules’ Irish tour will be announced in the coming weeks.
‘Cardinal Rules’ by Riot Tapes is available from iTunes and other good digital stores now.