Riots (Norway)

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Riots is a punk band from Oslo, Norway.

This is a foreign artist - performing or touring in China - not a Chinese artist


Riots is a Punk artist , originally from Norway.

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Punk rock band from Oslo, Norway

English Name Riots
Genre Punk
Origin Norway


The roots of Riots stem back to 2000 with Swedish musicians (Mathias Svensson - guitar, Louise Hellman - vocals, Mari Eriksson - bass) meeting at a festival and having an idea to start a band. They recruited Danish drummer Allan Bosan to the band which was christened - Goldcrush.

They found a rehearsal studio in the depths of the Oslo anarchistic squat house - Blitz, and immediately began working on a set of songs, which they were to gig with over the next few years. Three demo's were recorded during these years, the latter of them getting good reviews in several music publications. After numerous pub, club and festival gigs, they sacked their drummer.

A drum machine was used for the next six months and for the recording of their 4th demo before English drummer Paul Mileman stepped in. A lot of positive responses to this demo (February 2005), which co-incided with support slots in Oslo with the (International) Noise Conspiracy and U.K. Subs. In March they were selected as "unsigned band of the week" on NRK P3's Urørt show (Norway's national radio station) and playing two shows at the Oslo music day in June.

In 2006 they completed their first (and only... to date) UK tour, playing gigs in London, the east, the north and one great gig in Glasgow. In 2007 they were the backing band for punk rock legend Charlie Harper and 20+ U.K. Subs songs were learned and played in a small sweaty club in Oslo. Following this gig, internal conflicts came to a head, and a new vocalist was sought. Previously they had played with Oslo band The Curves, and vocalist Gisle Bangsund had caught their attention. The debut gig with Gisle was in 2008. In 2009 saw the first 7” single release – Another Train EP on blood red vinyl, this coincided with appearances at Oslo punk rock festival and several support shows in Norway for the U.K. Subs.

In the summer of 2010 they toured Europe for the first time, playing everything from small sweaty clubs to large festival stages in Holland, Germany, Czech Republic and Poland. A new cd was released for the tour. New songs were written and recorded and in 2011 they played a couple of festival shows in Germany before embarking on another summer European tour, this time 8 club shows in Germany and Czech Republic.

In November 2011 Goldcrush changed their name to Riots. A new release is planned for February 2012, to coincide with gigs in Sweden, Denmark and the Czech Republic and in April/May – they head east, for a tour in China.

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