Night Riots sign to Sumerian Records and release ‘Contagious’ video

By on October 25, 2014
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So-Cal resident rockers Night Riots have announced that they have signed to Sumerian Records. In addition, the band has teamed up with MTV to premiere the official new music video for their new single, “Contagious,” today! This is the first song the band has released since their tremendously successful EP Young Lore. Watch the music video for “Contagious” now here:


After taking the LA music scene by storm as an unsigned band for a couple of years, Night Riots felt they were ready to sign to a label – as long as it was one that truly understood the band’s goals and vision. These qualities were ones they saw in Sumerian Records.


“We were fortunate enough to have spoken with many different labels, and when Sumerian approached us, we felt a strong and authentic connection to how they treat their bands and how aligned our visions were of what Night Riots is and could be,” the band explained. “Their team is driven and dedicated, allowing us to do what we do best, create.  We cannot express how excited we are for the future and look forward to settling into our new home and spreading our music to the world.”

This excitement is echoed by Sumerian founder, Ash Avildsen. He explains, “Night Riots are both incredible songwriters and  performers. The feeling you get when music gives you the chills is something I will covet for the rest of my life. ‘Contagious’ is a timeless song that channels the darkness of human emotion but still makes the listener feel uplifted and inspired.  I am thrilled to help show the world what the future holds for Night Riots and Sumerian together. “


The band is currently on the last leg of their Fall Tour with K.Flay. The 21-city tour will wrap on November 1st. For additional information, including where to purchase tickets, please visit:


NIGHT RIOTS is setting the alternative underworld ablaze as swift and smartly as their brooding, melody rich and timeless songs have already endeared them to critics. The Southern California based band has a unique melodic sensibility – delivering transcendent pop music that is both modern and timeless; as well as both sinister and romantic, with the downbeat flare of new wave, ’80s movie soundtracks. 


Frontman Travis Hawley spent five years in England before moving to a small coastal town with only one traffic light, where he met guitarists Nick Fotinakes and Matt DePauw, bassist Mikel Van Kranenburg and drummer Rico Rodriguez. Now heralded by Rolling Stone as one of the “Top 16 Unsigned Bands in North America,” Night Riots have shared the stage with a diverse group of bands including The Mowgli’s, Wild Cub, Driver Friendly, Youngblood Hawke, The Front Bottoms, Angels & Airwaves and many more.    


The band has an amazing year, with tastemaker rock station KROQ throwing their support behind the band via their “Locals Only” events, and critical praise pouring in from the likes of MTV, FUSE, Huffington Post, All Things Go, Nylon Guys, AV Club, FILTER + more. The impressive creative heft of the “Spiders” single and Young Lore EP was just the warm-up – the band is set to release new music later this year. 


About the music video for “Contagious,” the band stated, “This was one of the most exciting videos we have made as it was a much larger production than we have ever been involved with.  We teamed up with Chris Buongiorno who directed our previous video for ‘Back to Your Love’ and filmed this in a humid abandoned warehouse in East Los Angeles over a grueling 12 hour shoot.” They continued, “We wanted to make a gorgeous video that really does capture the essence of the band- excited for everyone to feast their eyes on this new treat, just in time for Halloween.”

Upcoming Tour Dates

10/24 – Chapel Hill, NC- Local 506*

10/25 – Atlanta, GA- Drunken Unicorn*

10/26 – Nashville, TN- 12th & Porter*

10/27 – Asheville, NC- The Mill Room*

10/30 – Houston, TX- Fitzgerald’s*

11/1 – Austin, TX- The Mohawk*


*With K.Flay

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Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.