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Offshore Riot / Press

“They've only been together a little more than a year, but Offshore Riot has already recorded a slick, catchy, self-titled debut CD. Equal parts ska, dub and beach-bum manifesto, Offshore Riot is all about sipping margaritas and Coronas and, um, a failed attempt to purchase a giant bong decorated with flames and dragons. "I guess you can't say 'bong' in a head shop, or they kick you right out," laughs 30-year-old singer/guitarist Tyson Marshall of Clearwater, who's joined by bassist Lawson White and drummer Mike Tzigos. "I've been writing songs since I was around 12, and they were all pretty comedic punk songs. I try not to take it too seriously whenever we play. It's all about trying to get everybody moving or dancing or just having a good time."”

Jay Criblin - Tampa Bay Times

“With its mix of ska, dub, punk and hip hop, Offshore Riot draws inevitable comparisons to Sublime. Titles such as “The Bong Song” don’t hurt, either. A listen to cuts such as the instrumental “Floater,” though, confirms Offshore Riot is capable of establishing an identity all its own.”

Curtis Ross - Tampa Bay Times

“After the first few notes pour through the speakers, one can easily be fooled into believing that Offshore Riot is a Sublime album. Not long after, however, the vocals of Tyson Marshall come rumbling into the mix, offering quite an original sound to the band’s very cool reggae mix. The classic opening track, “Wanton Soup,” immediately gives the listener the opportunity not to take Offshore Riot’s music too seriously, but their seasoned professional sound invites listeners to reevaluate that. Slowing the tempo down a little bit on the track “Turkish Revenge,” Offshore Riot have no trouble proving that they can play any surf and/or Bob Marley Festivals around the world. The CD’s shining moments are offered in the track “A Girl I Knew.” The syncopation of the vocals and guitars make it difficult to believe that a three-piece band is pulling all of it off...”

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