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Review: The Rifles Live

Image credits: The Rifles Official Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/therifles/
Image credits: The Rifles Official Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/therifles/
Image credits: The Rifles Official Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/therifles/

The Rifles are an English indie rock band which currently consists of four members: Joel Stoker (vocals, guitar), Lucas Crowther (vocals, guitar), Rob Pyne (bass guitar) and Grant Marsh (drums). They have been active since 2004 and they released over the years five full-length albums. This year they made a collection of songs from their previous albums, but the “unplugged” version of them, thus the name is The Rifles Unplugged Album: Recorded at Abbey Road Studios. To promote their latest release they also went on tour around the UK and I had the pleasure to attend one of their shows, the one which took place at The Crescent in York.

The opening act was a band named Manly Echo who performed for around 30-40 minutes. I enjoyed their music although I didn’t know any of their songs or the band itself. The funny thing was that I thought Manly Echo were actually The Rifles. Because Manly Echo had four members just like The Rifles and because they didn’t introduce themselves before they started to sing, for the first ten minutes of their show I genuinely thought I was watching The Rifles. And then I was trying to find similarities between the people on stage and the people from a photo with the members of The Rifles. But I couldn’t really find many and then Manly Echo finally announced who they were and the situation was clear.

After quite a long pause between acts, The Rifles came on stage. Now, let me tell you, I was aware The Rifles had a very dedicated fan base, but I was still very surprised when everyone in the room started to sing along from the very first song. That and the way the members of the band interacted with the public while on stage showed how close they are to their fans. Since they were promoting their recently released acoustic album, the band used only acoustic instruments during the show. I think that was a big plus because it made the entire act more beautiful, more genuine. When I first saw the stage, I was surprised by how small it was, but now I think it was perfect for this type of show. The end was also very nice and it showed again the devotion of the fans. The Rifles left the stage and the public started to chant very loudly “The Rifles!” and they didn’t stop until The Rifles came back on stage and sang two more songs before announcing the end of the concert. 

Although I liked the music, I can’t say the organisation was the best, but overall, I the concert was good and I enjoyed it. It was a good night and very different from what I’d usually do on a Saturday night. If you want to find out more about The Rifles, you can read their answers to The Yorker’s question here or you can visit their Facebook page here.

The Rifles Played:

  • ‘The General’
  • ‘Local Boy’
  • Minute Mile’
  • ‘In Key’
  • ‘Great Escape’
  • ‘Out In The Past’
  • ‘Peace And Quiet’
  • ‘Heebie Jeebies’
  • ‘Spend A Lifetime’
  • ‘Rock The Boat’
  • ‘Coming Home’
  • ‘Tangled’
  • ‘Toe Rags’
  • ‘Winter Calls’
  • ‘Narrow Minded Social Club’
  • ‘Under And Over’
  • ‘Romeo’


  • ‘Under And Over’
  • ‘Romeo’