Thu 1st Jun
£17.50 Doors 7.30PM
The Rifles are back with their new Unplugged album recorded at Abbey Road Studios.
There can’t be many other bands in the UK with as fervent a fan base as The Rifles. They can still play, 12 years after they formed, to thousands of people in plenty of towns all over the country. They’re still not on the radio, they’re still not all over magazines, and yet they continue to be more adored than many other younger bands who are. And it is the trust that their audience has in them which inspires them to do things like their previous album ‘Big Life’: an expansive, incredibly varied record that is the sound of a band at the absolute peak of their creativity.
They are the sound of a band confident in who they are and what they are good at, operating outside the influence or reporting of fleeting trends and fashions.
Amongst the long term fans who have facilitated The Rifles still being around is one very famous one: Mr Paul Weller. His influence on their music has been evident from their very first songs, and he has been an amazing mentor and sometime collaborator, but he has also long helped out the band in more practical ways, with ‘Big Life’ being no exception.
The luxury of this setup, of not being up against a clock on the wall or a deadline, is what has allowed The Rifles to take their time crafting so many songs, and to spend time adding little touches that make them sparkle.
It’s hard to think of a band more operating on their own terms, more outside of any sphere of influence, and more still alive than the Rifles do on ‘Big Life’. And that is their own, unique triumph.