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Riotgun. In the beginning this project had a single minded vision… Beer and Revolution! First banded together in 1993 by veteran Fullerton area punk miscreants, these lads worked to make their vision a reality. Punk had been held hostage by pop, ska and grunge. The pickens were slim, the clubs and fanzines were catering to the emerging pop/ska/alternative trend. It seemed like punk had no where to go but the seedy dive bar scene. So that’s what these two bit hooligans decided to do. Their mission, play any dive bar that would have ‘em. And that is exactly what they did, playing reckless and awe inspiring shows in these dank dark bars ranging from Tijuana to Toronto. In between these beer drenched jaunts, they would record handfuls of songs and release them on a plethora of like minded indie labels world wide. Contracts usually meant a handshake over a round of pitchers of dark, stout ales.
Musically these guys take cues from a wide variety of influences, Punk, Oi!, Hardcore, Blues, Surf, Old School Country and good ol’ fashioned Rawk n’ Roll. For lack of a better term, they refer to their style as Americore! Straight forward, high-octane, hardcore American music. Honest, brutal, melodic beer anthems. Somewhere between The Ramones and Motorhead and yet completely beyond that scope too.
Thanks to a handful of overseas labels (Madskull Records-Netherlands, Final Vinyl, Last Punk Rocker Records-Germany, Bronco Bullfrog-Spain, Barhulo Hardcore-Brazil, Point Break Records-Italy, and an endless amount of European and South American indie label compilation releases) and dedicated US labels (Haunted Town, Basement, PsychoTribe Recordz, etc.), Riotgun.’s music has been heard by a dedicated fan base of musicians, beer drinkers and hell raisers world wide.