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Newbury pop-punk band The Rift launch second album

NEWBURY band The Rift are about to launch their second album Aftershock, the follow up to their debut Ready to Go.

The album will be available for download at Amazon, iTunes, etc from January 20, as well as on CD at all Rift concerts.

There will be a celebration launch party at The Lion pub in West Street, Newbury, on Friday, January 26, where The Rift will be joined by local band Awesome Welles.

The Rift
The Rift

The three piece pop-punk band plays with the speed of The Ramones, the energy of The Clash, and the melody of Stiff Little Fingers. The lineup includes Chris Smith on bass and lead vocals, Chas Roberts on guitar and Des Roberts on drums.They play live shows with enthusiasm and vitality; the band never stop moving – theirs is high energy music, with catchy melodies and singalong choruses.

“The albums are a real juxtaposition of emotions, as all the early punk music tended to be,” says Chris.

“The band is all about having fun, and that’s reflected in the up-tempo, feel-good nature of the music. But the lyrics sometimes offer a much darker commentary on the modern world, ranging from corporate culture to global events. The track ‘End of the Day’ finds me wondering what company directors think about as they go home each night – are they ashamed of their actions or pleased at how they trample the little people? The track ‘2020 Vision’ finds me observing a seemingly downward spiral in world events and wondering why we’re still not living the utopia that we’re capable of.

“Then again, some of the songs are just about girls and rock n roll music. Or both.”

The Rift
The Rift

Songwriter Chris is influenced by 50s rock n roll as well as 70s punk rock so his songs hit that sweet spot of energy and melody where the two styles meet. The Rift albums are the punk-rock manifestation of those songs, but Chris’ covid lockdown project was the home production of a 50s-style rendition of many of the songs from the albums. These have been released under the artist name ‘Red Planet Rockers’. The 50s-style album is available from Amazon and many of the tracks are regularly played on the rock ‘n’ roll radio stations.

The Rift album
The Rift album

Visit www.facebook.com/TheRiftUK for more details.

Social media: https://www.facebook.com/theriftUK

Buy the album: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B079XWPZ7X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1UMJVDSJP7T91&keywords=rift+ready+to+go&qid=1645698577&sprefix=rift+ready+to+go%2Caps%2C58&sr=8-1

The album was produced locally at Studio 91 at Greenham Business Park.

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