It seems I’m also leaning on the British for SXSW and The Riff Raff are no exceptions. They aren’t dubstep or electronic, just a good ole fashioned rock band from London. It’s the kind of band you expect to hear from the UK. Very proper and quirky sounding. The Riff Raff, led by Alex Thompson sound like an upbeat version of Morrissey. Very quite and polite indeed.
‘Changes Everything’ from the album of the same title is a good place to start. A very high tempo sets the tone of this ditty. Then the hollow voices roll into a steady pace. It’s like Morrissey took over the Arcade Fire and decided to do Joe Strummer cover songs. I’m popping this one on while driving down to Austin to accompany the road. I suggest you all do the same.
The Law doesn’t come from the books, it comes from Dundee, Scotland. These scrappy chaps got together using their love for Joe Strummer and The Clash to glue them together. It’s a fairly young band, with most of their material showing up last year. Already, though, they are building up steam, unlike the dormant volcano from which they got their name. The Law will be making their way to Austin, Texas next month for SXSW 2010.
You know how some things end up being catchy and no matter how hard you try to figure out why, you still can’t put your finger on it? Yeah. It’s that with a Scottish Rock flavor to it. There’s a hint of Supergrass with a strong scent of Jimmy Eat World in there somewhere. I could be completely wrong. It doesn’t matter, my toes are tapping by the end of each song. Check out “The Chase.”