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Copenhagen alt punks RIOT SUN premiere debut single ‘Elegy’; share top 10 inspiring bands

‘Elegy’ is the debut single and the precursor to the upcoming debut EP ‘Bruises’ from Copenhagen noisy alt punk band RIOT SUN! Gearing up to the release of the EP in the fall of 2020, the band premiered their first ever music video and st down with us to give you a wider overview of their project and promising work, blending many different influences from the spectrum of rock, punk rock and hardcore. Check it below to learn more about their story and get inspired with their special Top 20 Songs From Top 10 Inspiring Records list and Spotify Playlist!

Comments the band:

From ‘Elegy’s’ first riff and till it rings out it’s a middle finger aimed at the grey suits of the world and a call for action, a call for rebellion. As the name indicates it’s a lamentation, screaming at all the things we’re dissatisfied with.

‘Elegy’ will not appear on ‘Bruises’ but there’s a defined connection in the sound. The EP has the same raw energi, with more tenderness, and it’s universe is an exploration of our own inadequacy, anxiety and frustration with life.

We look forward to welcoming you into our universe.

𝐿𝑒𝑡’𝑠 𝑟𝑖𝑜𝑡.

Asked about their background, how they gravitated towards this new band, and plans for their future, the band replied:

We started the band a year and a half ago. The five of us have been friends for more than 15 years, growing up on Denmark’s nose, Djursland, together.

We’ve played music through our childhood and youth, crisscrossing in the group, but this is the first time we’re creating something as a united collective. It all started at Roskilde Festival when in drunken excitement we agreed on forming a band built on our friendship and hunger for playing fast-paced punk.

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RIOT SUN band

Our first idea for a name was “1, 2, 3 LET’S GO!”. And even though it was probably for the best that we changed to RIOT SUN the simplicity of the first name and the kind of music it signals is still the ideology of our band when we create our songs and play them.

Right now, we’re focused on finishing ‘Bruises’, which is currently in its final stages of being mixed. Besides that we’re working on producing a live-session, since most of our gigs have been cancelled or delayed due to corona.

𝑃𝑢𝑛𝑘 𝑖𝑠 𝑎𝑛 𝑎𝑟𝑡 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑚 𝑏𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑒𝑛𝑗𝑜𝑦𝑒𝑑 𝑙𝑖𝑣𝑒.

We would love to recommend our Jutlandic friends in ‘Trader’ and ‘LIVLØS’.

Trader plays stoned slacker-rock and Livløs plays fucking metal.

Take time out of your day and make sure to listen to the song ‘Bleached’ by Trader and ‘Blood and despair’ by LIVLØS.

20 Songs from top 10 inspiring records

𝑊𝑒’𝑣𝑒 𝑚𝑎𝑑𝑒 𝑎 𝑙𝑖𝑠𝑡 𝑜𝑓 10 𝑟𝑒𝑐𝑜𝑟𝑑𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑖𝑛𝑠𝑝𝑖𝑟𝑒𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑏𝑎𝑛𝑑’𝑠 𝑠𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑, 𝑡𝑤𝑜 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑒𝑎𝑐ℎ 𝑚𝑒𝑚𝑏𝑒𝑟 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑚𝑎𝑑𝑒 𝑎 𝑆𝑝𝑜𝑡𝑖𝑓𝑦-𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑦𝑙𝑖𝑠𝑡 𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑖𝑡.

Russian Circles: Blood Year (Picked by guitarist Ruben Rios)

The dark sonic universe of Russian Circles contain alluring and mysterious elements. The way the bass, drums and guitar mesh is unique. It is a very dynamic album, with songs ranging from mellow to very heavy, and I love this attention to dynamic as an important factor in making an album.

Basement: Colourmeindkindness (Picked by guitarist Ruben Rios)

I just love the mesh of the gritty guitarsound, heavy bass and drums and Andrew Fisher’s rough and emotional vocals. The band achieved a great mixture of emo, grunge and punk with this album, and it’s been a favorite of mine ever since I first listened to it.

Queens of the Stone Age: Songs For The Deaf (Picked by guitarist Jeppe Würtz)

Simply just one of the best rock albums of the 00’s with the legendary line up of Josh Homme, Nick Oliveri, Dave Grohl, Mark Lanegan and Alain Johannes. I’ve never driven through California, but I’d always imagined that if I did, “Songs for the Deaf” would be the perfect soundtrack. The guitar sound of Josh Homme with his combination of down tuned hollow body guitars and massive gain has always been an influence for my own sound. And then it’s just a bunch of really great songs you never get tired of. It’s like every time you listen to it, you always find new details and lawyers in them soundwise.

The Bronx: V (Picked by guitarist Jeppe Würtz)

This band has done a lot of straight ahead punk rock records through the last 17 years. I’d listened mostly to IV and V (four and five), and with V the band took – in my opinion – their sound to a new level. The melodies are stronger and the guitars more dirty. This is literally just 34 mins of punk rock that makes you wanna jump into a mosh pit with a big smile along with your friends.

La Dispute: Rooms in the house (Picked by bassist Dennis True)

Any album with La Dispute would have done the trick. I love their mix of hardcore and soft sweet parts, it really creates a dynamic that sucks you in – and the bass sound is otherwordly.

Baroness: Yellow and Green (Picked by bassist Dennis True)

This is one of my goldies. John Dyer Baisleys vocal style is unique and inspiring, and the compositions are just so crafted – the amount of layers is insane, but somehow the clarity of the melodies is never compromised.

Verse: Aggression (Picked by lead vocalist Jonatan Würtz)

The album is just pure punk aggression. Charged with sociopolitical lyrics and a front man who delivers the lyrics with so much pathos. I’ve found a ton of inspiration in both lyrics and music from Verse in general, but this album in particular is really a highlight to me.

As Friends Rust: Won (Picked by lead vocalist Jonatan Würtz)

It’s just filled great hooks and melodies while it still captures the essence of punk and hardcore. I still believe their two first EPs and their album ‘Won’ holds up today. They got a great thing going on lyrically which is really inspirational to me. I saw them doing a reunion show at Groezrock Festival back in 2015. They played filled with joy and the kind of comraderie you want to see in a band. They were not there for the money but for the fun of playing music and the fans. It was really great to see..

Foo Fighters: Foo Fighters (Picked by drummer Jonas Danefeld)

The record has a thick, murky sound with simple riffs containing both melodic and punk disharmonies. I’m inspired by its simplicity and how it’s aggressive and mild in its entirety. Dave Grohl creates the songs from the point of the drums, creating a sound where the guitars and drums grooves very closely. I have the same mindset when we make music.

Kvelertak – Kvelertak (Picked by drummer Jonas Danefeld)

It’s built around guitar riffs and the guitar sound, which is very central and melodious in the sound. Combined with the vocal it creates a very aggressive expression, amplifying the energy till 11 until the listener hits a state of “fuck everything”. I feel like we create the same emotion in our music and live performances.

Copenhagen alt punks RIOT SUN premiere debut single ‘Elegy’; share top 10 inspiring bands
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