Noisy, grungy, gritty, yet incredibly catchy and melodic punk rockers TIO RICO have released a couple of new tracks from their upcoming debut EP Business & Pleasure, due for release on 7 July on their local label Horn & Hoof Records. The new tracks match the live show’s scope and emotion and land somewhere in between street punk rock and straight up rock’n’roll, weaving an uncomplicated narrative and extrapolating the catchy rhythms across an entire listen.
Formed in December 2014 and playing their first gig in January 2015, Tío Rico are a raucous three piece from Manchester who have spent the last two years honing their sound, gigging, recording and playing more gigs; scoring them slots alongside the likes of Vanilla Pod and Faintest Idea, as well as a set at Rec Rock Festival (organised by The Verve’s Pete Salisbury).
Recorded in two days, by Will Farley of The Propa Gumbies, Business & Pleasure is a fast and raw EP; from track 1’ ‘Hate Me’’s explosive opening line “What the fuck is happening here?”, through to the melodic and anthemic rally cry of closing track ‘Invincible’.
The first single from the EP, ‘Article 7’, is as punk rock as it gets with the chorus’ raging growl “Believe what you want to believe, but don’t push those beliefs on me”. There’s no cliche, static agenda to this band though: ’Writing wise we write about everything from the state of current politics to the pitfalls of Tinder’ says vocalist/guitarist Ed.
Tío Rico have a whole host of gigs lined up throughout the year, including the Rebel Cats 1 Year Birthday Bash in Bradford and the Evil Hoof Picnic in Manchester. The band will also be releasing a new video soon, before returning to the studio to record their first full length album later in the year.