The high-energy indie-pop quintet, formerly known as PK, have announced their new moniker, Night Riots, and embraced a spookier, synthesizer-based sound on their new song, “Spiders”.Watch the ominous vignette for the new track on MTV Buzzworthy here: http://on.mtv.com/13i0tRe. You can download “Spiders” for free on Night Riots’ official website here: http://www.nightriots.com/.
On the band’s name change and new song/vignette for “Spiders,” Night Riots lead singer Travis Hawley says, “When faced with the challenge of changing our band’s name we knew that we had to look at is as an opportunity rather than an obstacle. We wanted to choose something that represented the tone of our music and our band in the most fitting of ways. Night Riots conjures images of live shows, the cult of youth, and nighttime revelry in our mind’s eye. These are the things that we stand for. The vignette was filmed and edited by Peej Philips and is a mood piece for the song rather than an official video and should stand as a visual backdrop to the song.” Hawley continues, “ ‘Spiders’ is the latest progression of our band and was an opportunity for us to push ourselves when it came to song writing. We tried to let ourselves be as free as we could and create the biggest sounding song we could. It was recorded in San Diego, CA with Aaron Rubin and deals with the webs which we weave through our own lives.”
Hailing from San Luis Obispo, California, Night Riots is made up of Travis Hawley (Vocals), Matt DePauw (Guitar), Mikel Van Kranenburg (Bass), Nick Fotinakes (Guitar) and Rico Rodriguez (Drums). While the members initially met in high school, vocalist Hawley was born in the United Arab Emirates and lived in England for five years before moving to the U.S. His brief stint in the UK deeply affected his vocal style and he has often been compared with emotive British artists such as Robert Smith and Bono.
While “Spiders” is the first track released under the band’s new moniker, Night Riots, the band began making waves in the industry in 2010 after their debut release, Into The Roaring, under the name PK, scored the band a feature in Rolling Stone and the San Luis Obispo New Times’ Album of The Year Award. The band released two more EPs under the name PK, The Lost Boy Sessions and Archives & Rarities, receiving accolades from the likes of The Huffington Post, FUSE, RCRDLBL, NYLON Guys, MTV Buzzworthy and Baeble Music. The band has shared the stage with Youngblood Hawke, Shiny Toy Guns, The Script, Twin Atlantic and Angels and Airwaves.
3/27 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Shop
3/28 – Fresno, CA @ Victory Café
3/29 – Santa Monica, CA @ Central SAPC
3/30 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brewing Co.
Night Riots have released the vignette for their new song “Spiders” on February 25th. For more information, please visit: http://www.nightriots.com/
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