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RUDE CITY RIOT / Press

“Vancouver's Rude City Riot deserves a hearty shout-out — their Friday night set really showed off great songwriting and musicianship on songs like "Victoria," "See You In Hell" and a cover of Bad Manners' "Sally Brown." Their performance was definitely among the best of the fest. The highlight sets by Roy Panton and Yvonne Harrison, Rude City Riot and the Slackers, among others, were more than enough to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Ska Fest.”

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“Ska tends to be typecast, modeled to a great extent on the early 80s Two Tone look and sound from England, which makes Rude City Riot different. Sure, the horn arrangements and rhythms that are ska trademarks are here, but the album starts with a rock and roll urgency that suggests Rude City Riot is flexible and won’t be hemmed in by typecasting. It even sounds like Loverboy, which is really unexpected. “Bonnie And Clyde,” which follows, has a punk edge. “Imposter Man” could be Toots And The Maytals. “Kick Me When I’m Down” mixes Van Halen guitar with a tough reggae rhythm and nagging chorus. Etc..”

“Oi, There's a strong new voice in the ska scene and it belongs to Rude City Riot. Their Nothin' But Time debut album showcases a sound they call power-ska; it's a harmonious blend of punk, reggae, soul and ska that files neatly enough under ska-punk. The songwriting seems surprisingly sophisticated for a bunch of newcomers, until you learn that frontman Dustin Lionhart III has been writing ska music since he was 14. Lionhart's rude-boy lyrics tell tales of hoodlums and junkies in seedy neighbourhoods like Vancouver's downtown east side; all the anger, exhilaration and desperation of these sad but proud souls is brought to life through shout-out harmonies, beefy guitar riffs and a terrific horn section that especially shines on the rollicking instrumental "DC Riot Stomp," the album's best offering. This is a very fine debut from a skilled team of musicians who clearly enjoy what they're doing. Not every riot in Vancouver has to be bad.”

“If you replaced the up-strokes with down and the horns with another guitar, Vancouver, BC's Rude City Riot could be Canada's next Chixdiggit ― that is to say, creators of some incredibly well crafted, straight-ahead, insanely catchy pop punk. The phrasing of the verses and the expert creation and execution of a killer chorus (not to mention the lead vocals of singer Dustin Lionhart III, which are pretty similar to Chixdiggits' K.J. Jansen) are pretty much where the comparisons end though, because Rude City Riot like to ska the hell out of their stuff, and they do it impressively well ― doubly so considering this is their debut. The seven-piece shine on "Victoria," an anthem about a troublesome girl (or is it a city?), and "Rudies Don't Care." Both open with that beloved ska brass and continue like the best of favourite commercial ska punks Reel Big Fish and Mighty Mighty Bosstones. A select group of people will treasure this, with Rude City Riot keeping the ska dream alive.”

“This is seriously infectious stuff. It opens with a solid acoustic guitar ska groove and a power vocal going on about feeling ill, which conveniently rhymes with "pills". When the band kicks in they're as tight as a screw. And look out for that sax solo. iPod worthy.”

“Nothin But Time LP from Rude City Riot Rude City Riot fuse reggae, ska and punk creating a lethal concoction of sounds that could only be described as auditory explosions in musical form. The band's latest project, Nothin' But Time, is a really cool album that sets RCR apart from most reggae/ska bands. "Pray For You" is an awesome song by RCR. The message is very positive and offers prayer to those who are going through tough times. It's a very cool Caribbean sound that the band really delivers well. In addition to Pray For You, RCR offers up more great reggae/ska songs, including: Gen, 25 Years, Victoria, and The Reaper. Each of these tracks are very well written and produced. The sound these guys have would please the ears of anyone who knows what awesome reggae/ska music sounds like. Overall, RCR's 14 track album is a solid project that fits well into any music playlist.”

“Rude City Riot's debut EP garnered some regional acclaim and a couple of the tunes were re-recorded and included on their debut full length in 2011 entitled, Nothin' But Time. This time, the album was released on the Stomp label out of Montreal (http://unionlabelgroup.com/). Rude City Riot's sound is a mix of punk and ska. Imposter Man, is a polished ska tune from their 2011 release. You can check out the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6E2HYUJNt7M. The band has toured North America in support of their music and has recently completed a Canadian tour with The Planet Smashers and The Real McKenzies.”

“Presented with minimal fuss, Nothin’ But Time is a textbook example of just how to write addictive hit songs, and it makes it look and sound impossibly easy. The world would be a better place if there were more records like this. ”

““Nothin’ But Time” is a really well written and produced album. If you are just starting to listen to ska this is the perfect album to do so, especially if you come from a punk background. I would definitely suggest seeing them live to really get the true RCR experience. I dare you not to dance!”

“Bonnie & Clyde is a bouncy ska tune to get the listener skanking along and popping their heads with a rousing chorus to just make shit go crazy while Imposter Man is a full-blown, two-toned ska song like The Specials and Victoria is a fuller, third-wave ska song where the horns lead the song (imagine a much better Crowned King mixed with a dash of Reel Big Fish). This is good shit. Especially for ska-punk enthusasists.”

"Rousing Canadian Punk Rock with a 2tone twist" Hailing from snowy Vancouver and dealing in their own unique brand of self-described "Power-Ska". this seven plus piece have created some weighty sounds on this full-length debut. Just as stated on the tin, the album finds a pleasing balance between the heartfelt camaraderie of traditional, shout-along street punk & chirpy, grins-aplenty sound of 2-tone Ska, complete with horns and Hammond Organ. With gang-vocals, chorus cheers and woahs aplenty, the record is an invigorating first effort. An uplifting listen for fans of Left Alone, early Millencolin and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones.

“Rude City Riot - Canadian Ska wrecking crew make their presence known. While Canada might be best known for the likes of Alexisonfire more than their Ska scene, 8 piece Rude City Riot look set to change that. RCR have just released their debut full length album through Stomp Records, titled "Nothin But Time". For party-starting good time Ska, look no further than these guys. Rude City Riot is comprised of: Dustin Lionhart III (Vocals), Scotty Atkins (guitar), Sean Kight (drums), Kevin Tang (Trombone), Jonny McCormack (sax), Steffen Peter (guitar), Peter Bowles (Keys).”

“It’s not often that a ska band hits the patio at New World Brewery, but it’s quite fitting that Vancouver-based Rude City Riot would change the scenery a bit. The band fulfills the desires of every ska fan by incorporating the shout-along choruses and skank-ready licks of the genre, but their songs are rife with subtle sonic tributes to the jazz, soul, and punk that they love so much. It’s all set to the throaty delivery of frontman Dustin Lioinhart III, who could make the dead uprock with the song, “Imposter Man.””

“With a hardcore ska sound that owes as much to Rancid and the Clash as it does to the Specials and Madness, Rude City Riot deliver the goods. With an accomplished horn section and shout-along choruses, this is pure skanking music. (SPB)”

“Rude City Riot, the Kings of Canadian Ska somehow found the time to record, master and release their first full length album entitled Nothin’ But Time…and it is indeed a gem. We have been following this band for a while and have been duly impressed all along the way with their unique blend of ska, rock and a little reggae vibe thrown in there for good measure. Think the energy and intensity of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones coupled with the soulfulness of The Specials and you’d be close. ‘The Reaper’, which swings further to the dub side of the spectrum, is simply marvelous music. Before hearing this album, we knew these boys good jam out on some high octane tuneage so to be able to experience the cooler side of their ska pillow just added to our already high opinion of this band. Two thumbs way up for both RCR and Nothin’ But Time. ”

Drago - www.froglix.com

“You have to give credit to any band that tries to keep ska alive, especially when they play it as earnestly as Rude City Riot. The band describes themselves as power-ska, which is fitting enough, as they fill out the rest of their sound with heavy rock riffs and vocals that fans of Voodoo Glow Skulls should appreciate. On their new EP, the band spends a lot of the time teasing the listener with hooks before turning back to heavy rock (see “Same Old Story’); however, they’re best when they drop the aggression almost entirely, as they do on “25 Years” and “Victoria.” The band is good at both approaches to the genre, but far-and-away better at the latter. There’s no reason their more radio-friendly material couldn’t get heavy rotation on stations looking to fill some CanCon slots on lesser-known acts. I’d probably wait to hear a full-length effort before I decide whether I like or really like this band, but for now, the EP will serve as a great teaser. ”

“Rude City Riot exploded onto Vancouver's thriving Ska Scene in early 2008 with their shout-a-long chorus and high energy live shows – Since then they’ve rightly picked up many admirers for both their musicianship and accomplished songwriting…In fact, I feel there’s not much need for my waffle here when you can go download their debut EP for free right here – www.rudecityriotsquad.com – Every track is killer, you have the www.Combination13.com seal of approval right there mate!...”

“Rude City Riot rocks Malone's - Downtown Vancouver, BC Rude City Riot closed the night with their energetic and charismatic performance. These guys play “Power Ska,” which is Ska that consists of strong reggae, punk and jazz influences. However, the main thing that separates these guys from the next ska band is their ability to create and execute catchy, memorable anthems. Despite being crammed on the small stage,RCR managed to play freely and enjoy themselves. Their engaging, tight grooves and infectious melodies got the dance floor packed and moving at all times. ”

“Fast rising Canadian outfit RUDE CITY RIOT have released a superb new double A side digital single featuring the tracks "Imposter Man" and "Same Old Story" on Skaspot Records. Fans of the Tosters will love these guy's pumping, highly dance-able brand of 3rd wave Ska! You can catch live as they play clubs and Festivals across Canada this summer.”

“Stunning debut CD, awesome Canadian outfit called Rude City Riot..powerful uplifting 3rd wave sound reminiscent of MMBT, song choruses stick in your head weeks you hear them, incredible version of "Don't Go Away"......”

““Power Ska” is the self-proclaimed genre printed on the back of their shirts. The term is quite fitting since I didn’t hear quite enough snot to coin them ska-punk, but just enough gruff to give them that edge. It’s no small wonder why they have quite the buzz surrounding them.”

The Weasel - Renegade Rocks Blog

“Rude City Riot's song - "25 Years" is included on THE PIER's Compilation CD – "Exposed 2010" features the best new Reggae-Rock & Ska from the Pacific Northwest. While this compiliation does boast some excellent music, it’s our humble (but accurate) opinion that Rude City Riot steals the show.”

“From the untamed wilderness that is the Pacific Northwest comes a gift…and a marvelous gift it is indeed. No, it’s not amateur video footage of Sasquatch doing the Macarena (although that would obviously rock). It’s better. Much better. Those crazy ska-nucks, Rude City Riot, recently released a double-sided digital single as a follow up to their debut, self-titled album. With “Imposter Man” and “Same Old Story”, RCR picks up right where they left off with the their last studio offering. Brilliant! Power ska at its best. The melodic elements of 2 Tone meets the edginess of third wave, pulling up just short of the ska-core precipice. These cats continue to impress. - Drago”

“I found this gem of a video while surfing the YouTube. Rude City Riot have put together a raw ska-punk sound that seems to answer the age old question: What would happen if Rancid added a horn section and played ska music? Check out WWW.RUDECITYRIOT.COM - Enjoy!”

“Rude City Riot are making noise in Canada with their new self-titled release and when you hear their music there’s no questioning why. They play an infectious style that meshes various punk, reggae, and ska elements which make for some pretty dynamic sounds.”

“When listening to Rude City Riot, it’s evident that the band’s diverse make-up allows them to float seamlessly between ska, reggae and hard-edged pop-punk.”

“It is only an EP but it definately deserves a 9/10 since it is an excellent & very satisfying debute in my opinion. Rude City Riot is my best discovery of 2008 and I personally can't wait to see what will come up next. Favorite Songs: All of them but especially Shots & Pills - Rating: 9/10 ”

“RCR are not your average ska/punk with the annoying skany skanky bubble pop. This has got some real punk grit and in a couple of songs you can hear traces of OPIV or Rancid. Not to be mistaken with these bands as the Rude City Riot sound is really their own.”

“Another stand out track is Shots and Pills. Listening to the CD a few times over, that song comes on and I’m thinking “hey, this Dustin guy can really sing.” The riff on this song and vocal hook is great. The whole song is just upbeat, feel good, and infectious.”

“Yes, they are strong musicians with exciting stage presence and they have a great band name but....... what really stands out for this ska band is original songs. This band has what many 3rd wave ska bands lack - radio friendly tunes.”

Dan Cowan - Skaspot Live Network