The Paris Riots + Stealing Sheep + Rik Warren

  • Thursday | 10.03.11
  • 7.30pm
  • Band on the Wall, Manchester
  • £7 General ...

Formed in the small, underground clubs of Manchester by brothers Toby & Guy Connor and Scottish rhythm section Kevin Martin and Scott McKnight, The Paris Riots are fast establishing their place in their home city’s rich and eclectic musical heritage.

From early bluesy experiments The Paris Riots have developed a distinctive, heavy yet deeply melodic sound veering between the raw and the beautiful, the exuberant and the melancholy, the grandiose and the intimate – laced with distorted crackle, pointed riffs and dense textures. Passionate, urgent and intense live performances with singer Toby Connor’s accentuated phrasing and posturing stage persona has seen them build a fiercely loyal fan-base radiating from their hometown of Manchester across the UK. Armed with a collection of songs described as “the sound of a riot rock revolution” – from the austere authority of Wrecking Ball; the hypnotic groove of Strangers; through to the sinister, brooding narrative of Petty Concerns – The Paris Riots are establishing themselves as a new and exciting force in live music.

Since July 2009’s Fast Track to Benicassim and the resulting slot playing to 5,000 new fans, The Paris Riots have been carefully building a solid profile playing to more and more people. Signing a co-management deal between their existing management, Queen Street and London based V.P.S, The Paris Riots were invited by Ticketmaster / Live Nation (Los Angeles) to travel to Los Angeles to appear in Early Warning – a TV show featuring the most exciting new talent in music – where they spent 2 days recording live demos with Grammy nominated producer Johnny K. The resulting 10-minute film clearly documents a band on the cusp of great things.

Throughout Summer 2010, The Paris Riots embarked on a relentless festival schedule and by the beginning of September they had performed in front of thousands of festival goers at no less than 12 festivals including Kendal Calling, Hop Farm, a main stage return to FIB Benicassim and Relentless Boardmasters as well as regularly finding themselves mentioned in the same reviews and fan blogs as more feted and seasoned festival acts such as Kasabian, Doves, Wild Beasts and Mumford & Sons.

Support tonight comes from Rik Warren and Liverpool’s Stealing Sheep.

This event will begin at 7.30pm but Picturehouse Cafe Bar open from 5.30pm for delicious food and drinks. Special Offer! Book your meal in advance and get free ‘lucky dip’ tickets for a future concert – click here now for details