A self-declared post-punk outfit from Barrow In Furness, retro-influenced Riot Androids are relative newcomers to the scene but this four-piece are already getting some good exposure after their track, ‘Neuron Addict’ was played on BBC Music Introducing last month.

“We use the term Riot Androids as an expression of us,” guitarist and lead vocalist Callum Penny told us with regard to the name. “[It’s] a way we can create and play music that isn’t the same generic stuff you hear on the radio. We wanted to revitalise a style and make it our own.” They certainly seem to be doing that, as Riot Androids aren’t your average indie or post-punk band. Revisiting that old school sound of the 70s and 80s then twisting it and making it their own, with a modern sheen and a punch to the guts, Riot Androids are ensuring that “our sound is unique against a lot of the others,” according to guitarist Edward Doyle. “We’re interested in music from the 70’s and 80’s and we feel we all wanted to be influenced by the music we enjoyed.”

“We wanted a way of expressing how we felt about certain topics close to the north. Such as isolation and deprivation.”

“I would describe [it] as a reflection of our thoughts and ideas towards certain subjects,” added Callum. “We wanted to be able to put some of those feelings into our music and be able to play something that could really stand out and be heard.”

With an increased interest in all things vintage and nostalgia recently, the band are beginning to find their home and utilise the current market to their advantage. “[It] could have a great impact on the progression of music, including our style. The increase of vinyl is a great example of people wanting more and better music quality that is something more personal to them,” says Callum, but to them, the growing trend for the UK indie and post punk scene to be hugely fashion based rather than music based is not something the band are particularly interested in. “We understand that the culture around fashion can interest people, but…to us the music is more appealing. [That’s] what’s genuine.”

Their hometown of Barrow is an interesting place; sufficiently tucked away and far out from the bigger cities to feel isolated, and a beautiful little town in many respects yet still managing to retain that ‘grim north’ feel to it, which definitely bleeds out into the bands music, channelling that Smiths and Joy Division vibe to great effect. “I certainly feel the band has grown up with some of the attitudes of the north,” reflects Callum on whether Riot Androids are a product of their own environment. “Especially the feelings [towards] the political and economic turmoil we’re currently facing. We wanted a way of expressing how we felt about certain topics close to the north. Such as isolation and deprivation.” And living in a smaller town has certainly challenged the way the band operates, travelling further out to places such as Manchester and Liverpool to get gigs and grow their fanbase. “We want to be able to play all over the UK,” says Edward. “We are actively for gigs outside of our region and wish to progress the bands following further.”

Despite that, there’s good news for locals of Barrow – the scene there has grown considerably over the last few months. “[There’s] an increased interest in a new underground music society that started up last year,” Callum tells us. “And an increase of local bands [too].”

“It’s very important for fans, and the music industry, to support local talent,” Edward adds. “Without it, the current scene would deplete. Music is always progressing in different areas…and we feel that our sound is beginning to get more noticed.”

Naturally, the band have big plans for the rest of 2018, spreading their wings from their hometown and travelling round the UK. “[We want to] gig as much as possible to increase our following. We will begin to work on our next project, as well as gain more experience as a band. We feel 2018 is a great opportunity for us to help develop sound further.”



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