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W. G. Hopkins (Dorset England)

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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some people need to check their spelling!!, 15 April 2014
This review is from: Eagulls (Audio CD)
This is NOT The Eagles of Hotel California fame. This is a British Punk/Indie band of note. Different spelling, different sound, different band. Good first effort.
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Great Escape
Great Escape
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rifles- hated by the NME loved by the people, 9 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Great Escape (Audio CD)
The second album from the mod/indie band The Rifles, was delayed whilst the album was reworked. I think it has 95% worked, and it's just as catchy as the first album by the band.As a middle aged old bloke, The Rifles has to date been the only band since The Jam to make me want to get off my maried behind, and tour the nation to see them play wherever possible.
Rifles gigs are always lively, and the sell out Brixton gig last year, shows, despite the NME slagging them off, they have a reputation of cult band well and truly captured. Songs like Toerag have featured live for a while, and form the basis of new recordings, along with The Great Escape, both songs in the vein of That's Entertainment, both listing life's little pleasures, and woes.
Science In Violence and The General burst out of the speakers, and into your face with sheer energy. Both should be singles, Fall To Sorrow was chosen instead, a catchy pop song, but still ignored by radio 1 and 2, and local pop radio, all of which are vital to break a band.
That leaves The Rifles in the position of either staying true to their good songwriting, or become indie clones like Scouting For Girls, One Night Only etc, all cds you just know will appear on all the aforementioned radio stations, purely because they are safe, and appeal to the housewife listeners.
It would be a shame if the band went that route,as they are unique in being a mod/indie band that could last, witness the awful last albums by Ordinary Boys and Hard Fi of choosing the wrong direction. No, they should stay on the course they are taking, as by sheer word of mouth, The Rifles have become the band to see for a good night out, and make records that are from heart, and not from the bland same old same old radio friendly nonsense.
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