With Live Like You Mean It, the Riff Raiders have delivered a stirring love letter to rock ’n’ roll, a fist-in-the-air anthem that’s alive on arrival. This line says it all: “If rock ’n’ roll is dead then why’s this song stuck in your head?” Jeff Jenkins, The Music/3RRR radio
“Riff Raiders have dropped some classic Aussie Rock that’d make Bon Scott smile” Beat online
This is pure, modern edged rock and roll. Nonstop energetic and catchy riffs mixed with down to earth in your face lyrics.” Cry of the Wolf Magazine UK
“The first single from the album, Live Like You Mean It sees frontwoman Jenny lead the charge atop a solid old-school rock groove. The gods of Aussie rock would be proud”
Runners Up 2018 ALBUM OF THE YEAR as voted by international judging panel at the BRA Indie Awards Dec 2018
Debut Album 'Live Like You Mean It' voted No.2 in Top Ten Albums of 2017 (Audience Choice) The Hard Rock Show (CH31TV) 27 Jan 2018
Top 100 Heaviest OZ albums for 2017 (#64) - Overdrive Music Magazine & website 5 Feb 2018
Yeah baby, the debut album from Melbourne’s Riff Raiders finally landed on our desk and it’s a slinky, catchy, classy serve of gotta-have-it rock AND roll. The band tell it like it is: positive, life-affirming rock n’ roll made for singing, sweating and – if that’s your bag – drinking to. 8.5/10 (100% ROCK MAGAZINE 7 June 2018)
“God gave rock’n’roll to ya, but the weekends spent sniffing vinyl in small-town junk shops, and the lunchbreaks spent browsing Cheap Trick memorabilia on eBay – that’s all you. Your latest obsession ought to be Riff Raiders: purveyors of poor impulse control, who build blistering rock hits from the guitar up. And yes, it’s a Les Paul.” Jenny Valentish, Author and Journalist
Melbourne hard rock outfit Riff Raiders began life in 2015 belting out B-sides and obscure gems from the hard rock legends that inspired them. Made up of indie stalwarts Marty Powell (guitar) Jenni James (Vocals) Simon Gunn (Bass) and Chris Quinlan (Drums – yes of Ch31 Melbourne Musos fame), this band has blown away punters with its authentic approach and edgy finesse to playing rock n roll.
The next logical step was to retreat into ColourSound Studio in early 2017 with producer Gavin Parker, many amps, many guitars and even more pedals to record their debut album of original material - 11 tracks of riff-laden, melody-driven rock co-produced by Raiders songwriter and guitarist Marty Powell. The title track and first single Live Like You Mean It (August 2017) sets the scene perfectly for what punters had to look forward to.
The response to debut single and official lyric video for the title track, Live Like You Mean It has been huge. Over 79,000 views on Facebook to date and the song continues to receive airplay across traditional and digital radio in Australia and in the US, UK and Europe.
Hot on the heels of their acclaimed debut single Riff Raiders released the second single and video D-GAF from their forthcoming album on 1 November 2017. D-GAF and its accompanying video is 2 minutes 47 seconds of punchy, crunchy, guitar-smashing, snare-smacking rock that will have you hitting the repeat button more than once.
The band collaborated with Melbourne artist, illustrator and rock’n’roll good guy, Brooke Penrose featuring his incredible art on all releases and the epic music video for D-GAF which has been viewed over 50,000 times on social media.
Melbourne’s Beat magazine premiered the D-GAF video on November 1st, saying “Once again, Riff Raiders are proving to the world that honest to goodness Aussie rock is far from dead. In fact, they're bringing it back to life with a vengeance.”
Women Who Rock Oz ranked single D-GAF at #6 of 2017 releases, saying “This band takes all your memories of hard "pub" rock and have turned them into an art form. Live Like You Mean It could've been the chosen track from the album of the same name but D-GAF is raw and dirty rock. Of course, that's how it should be.” (18 December 2017)
Riff Raiders then released their debut album, Live Like You Mean It, on the back of the two well received singles Live Like You Mean It and D-GAF on 8 November 2017 with launch shows in Melbourne and Sydney. As part of the promotion, Jenni and Marty were interviewed by Neil Rogers on 3RRR show The Australian Mood as part of featuring the album.
Reception for the album has been amazing, with Cry of the Wolf Magazine (UK) gave the album 8/10 and said “Fans of hard rock will not be disappointed with RIFF RAIDERS. This is pure, modern edged rock and roll. Nonstop energetic and catchy riffs mixed with down to earth in your face lyrics.” (8 Nov 2017)
Live Like You Mean It was voted No.2 in Top Ten Albums of 2017 (Audience Choice) on The Hard Rock Show (CH31TV Melbourne) on 27 Jan 2018 and finished the year on a high note as Runners Up for 2018 ALBUM OF THE YEAR at the BRA Indie Awards in December 2018 (as voted by an international judging panel).
OVERDRIVE Music Magazine ranked the album at #64 in the top 100 most impactful Australian heavy music releases of 2017. (29 December 2017) and on 14 Jan 2018 the album featured on The Hard Rock Show on Ch31 TV receiving an 8.5 / 10 from the host Andrew Brown.
Since the release of the album Riff Raiders have been gigging extensively in 2018, including key support slots with Baby Animals, Palace of the King and The Lazys.
Riff Raiders are currently in the studio working on their second album due for release mid 2019.