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Formed at university in Bristol by Irishman Cillian Logue and Londoner Guy Stevenson, the band started out as an acoustic folk act. Following their true calling towards a punkier style, the two upped sticks to London, advertised for musicians in various lonely-hearts columns, and stumbled across bassist Tim Burton. Late 2009 saw Taan Parker signed up for the role of drummer.
The Gin Riots wooed the crowd at Toronto’s NXNE 2008, spring boarding them to be invited to showcase at SXSW in Austin Texas 2009 and again in 2010. During SXSW KLBJ fm radio station; sponsor of the festival called the band "awesome" and their show on Fox TV Austin hailed them as "brilliant". The Gin Riots have been featured twice as myspace bands to watch and were selected by Warner Movies and Myspace to perform at Guy Ritchie’s private London premiere of his last film Rocknrolla.
They have been praised by BBC’s Tom Robinson and Gary Crowley and have their single ‘The Polka’ and video, shot in collaboration with legendary horror director George A. Romero out now.
The band have been in Great Eastern Studios (The Horrors, White Lies) having recorded their second EP to follow up their 2007 Mother Ruin EP. It will be out on digital release in the Autumn.
Finally, after a long wait SUMMERSKISS RECORDS have released "A Tribute to The Afghan Whigs" and The Gin Riots have contributed their cover "BE SWEET" to the album.