Redstar73 Blog: Please can you introduce your band. When was it started?
Hey! We are Roughneck Riot, a Folk-Punk band from the North of England that started back in 2005 when Ryan (bass) and Matty (vox/mando) were 14/15 years old. Over time we have developed our sound to be the contemporary folk – punk sound that has moved away from traditional folk music.
Redstar73 Blog: How is the scene in Manchester?
We live in a town called Warrington which is between Manchester and Liverpool and very close to Leeds and we all constantly work with people from all over the country so the scene is pretty much spread out across the UK. Its the best scene i can imagine being in, the bands are all incredible, the majority of promoters weve played for really do their best to promote the gigs and look after the bands even with our crappy financial situation at the moment. The actual fans and friends of all the bands are amazing too, we can travel to anywhere in the country and usually find some of our friends. Its like a huge extended family!
Redstar73 Blog: How important is for you the DIY idea and politics?
I dont think its important that all bands write political music. Its an artistic expression of something so it can be anything. It just happens to be something we write about. Punk is the reason why I have the morals and ethics that I have and I think with the DIY punk scene, it goes hand in hand. The scene can only work through mutual aid and respect. Being part of a DIY scene usually means everyone is treated fairly and nobody is exploited for their efforts. Something i expect a lot of the scene wish everybody could experience, and why politics is so present in the scene. Our recent van troubles have highlighted to us how caring and generous of a scene it is if you’re willing to do whatever you can for others.
Redstar73 Blog: What’s up next for the Roughneck Riot, any new releases on the Horizon..?
Our 2015 has been absolutely chaotic so far. Losing our van was a massive punch in the gut, and weve had all sorts of personal issues to cope with so writing has been pretty slow once again, but everything feels like we’re back on track at the moment. Our year is nicely filling out with tour dates, we have our 10 year anniversary gig this weekend and we’re hunting for vans right now. It’ll take more than this to stop us.
Redstar73 Blog: Last words…
Start a band! It’s great!
Also keep checking our facebook and website for tour dates and come check us out
You can get their CD here: