Rizzerlers On A Roll!
For a very young band, the background of the 3-piece The Rizzerlers is somewhat novel: South London-based but with an Ecuadorean front-man who has serious Beatle-esque leanings. Formed just last year by singer/guitarist, 21-year-old Marco Veint and bassist Dominic Howard; their latest EP is a taster for their forthcoming album that will be released later this summer.
Their overall sound, shown by the key tracks ‘Nowhere Man’ and ‘Take Me Back’, is a definite take on the anglophilic ‘Paisley Underground’ craze - that swept California in the early-to-mid-‘80s - but with an anarchic guitar sheen not too dissimilar to Siouxsie and the Banshees’ contemporaneous cover of the Beatles’ ‘Dear Prudence’.
Their darkly-abstract lyrics, with a brittle swirling disorienting feel about them, convey a world-weariness that bely Marco and chums’ tender years. However, the intricately-picked Byrdsian guitar-sound definitely hints that there is light at the end of the tunnel; sunshine amongst the shadows... it is worth mentioning that the other side of the ‘80s is unashamedly paid homage to by the EP opener, the synth-driven ‘Oakdale’ - barely a minute long. A tongue-in-cheek reference? Who knows.
The Rizzerlers have played all the key London watering-holes such as The Water Rats and The Fiddler’s Elbow. No doubt similar gigs will follow suit later this year. Catch them while you can. Don’t let them slip away. There sure is gold down ‘South’: both in London and America.