I'm sitting in a pub with Charlotte and Rosalind after a
rather impressive Rifles gig. The two Rifles fans explain how
from the band's earlier gigs, singer Joel is apparently growing
in confidence, less cagey and willing to move around more
on stage when it comes to singing the songs where he doesn't
use his guitar. They state that while the band has gained
more stage presence they've also become more energetic. That
energy may or may not increase as the toll of a large tour
wears on but the girls are happy yet they feel that the band
is performing far from their full potential.
Those thoughts do make you wonder how the band was during
their earlier days. Just over a year ago they played their
first gig at the Bull & Gate and proceeded to play some
London club nights, specifically Metro, a club run by Blow
Up who after a couple of gigs offered to release 'Peace and
Quiet' as a limited single. The band accepted.
"We thought, 'Why not get our sound out?'," explains
affable Rifles guitarist Luke Crowther otherwise known as
Robin Hood. I'll explain later.
I'm in the dressing room in company of Luke and drummer Grant.
The latter a DJ of his own club 'Slash', who opted to switch
records for drumsticks to complete the band's line-up. The
two of them are giving me a brief rundown on their label history.
Two months later in May, the band released 'When I'm Alone'
on Xtramile, a label run by PR company Press Counsel. "Again
it seemed like a good idea to get it out there," admits
Luke. The song's video was a particular favourite of Joel's
as the singer will explain later in the pub. Though he admits
the chances of reusing it for the re-release are slim.
Next came the top 40 smash and live favourite 'Local Boy'
on Right Hook before the band settled with an album deal with
Red Ink, a new division of Sony. >>