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Spend Two Nights with the Rifles

September 23rd, 2009


The Rifles have been honing their rambunctious, garage-rock sound since forming in England in 2003. Joel Stoker (vocals and guitar) and Lucas Crowther (guitar and vocals) met at Redbridge College and later bonded over an Oasis show. “From that moment on, we knew we had to start a band,” said Crowther. So they did. The two schoolmates added Grant Marsh (bass) and Rob Pyne (drums) and began playing shows around London, earning favorable comparisons to the Jam and praise from BBC Radio and the popular British music magazine NME in the process. Since then, the band has put out a couple of EPs and two studio albums, the second of which, Great Escape, came out last January but is just now available here in the U.S. But the even better news is that the Rifles are playing tomorrow and Friday at Mercury Lounge. Check them out, above, playing “The Great Escape” at Mercury Lounge, and then go see them there in person.