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Friday, 24 July 2009

6 Day Riot

6 Day Riot are an ecletic London based folk pop band quickly gathering momentum and garnering increasing industry attention after just five years of music making. Their latest album, 6 Day Riot Have A Plan, came out on July 6th of 2009, and was hotly tipped this January by The Times in their Top Ten Picks for 2009. They play a whole host of folk instruments including ukulele, tenor guitar, double bass, accordions, trumpets, and electric and acoustic guitars. The result is a punchy indie pop sound slightly reminiscent of Vampire Weekend, Foals, in places Ra Ra Riot and even a slightly less distant Arcade Fire. Word magazine called them "a great big, bouncy, cynic-defying barrel of fun."

There is certainly nothing bad that springs to mind on listening to their material. It is very difficult to make any criticisms. For catchy, irresistable Noah & The Whale style folk pop music with a positive outlook, it doesn't come much better than this. The female vocal supplied is clean and clear, Lykke Li is a close and obvious comparison. The sunny melodies and quirky riffs the vocals intertwine with, broken up by short orchestral interludes is as beachy a combination as indie pop comes, and spontaneous afrobeat percussion adds another layer of unashamed rawness to the sound.

6 Day Riot are a whole lot of fun, as is the video for 'Run For Your Life' which you can stream below.

They are playing a series of festivals this summer (sadly not Reading) including Truck Festival, Green Man, and Meze in October. They are even supporting their more serious contemporaries Tunng in Regents park this August. You can stream their music, and hopefully even buy the album all through the bands myspace.

In a word, as the Independent On Sunday put it, 6 Day Riot are 'lush.'

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