THE RIFFS - Underground Kicks

THE RIFFS  Underground Kicks  cd  2000
Throwin' It All Away / Johnny Johnny / Don't Wanna Die This Way / It's Too Late / Streets Of Tomorrow / Underground Kicks / Motorvator / Kamikaze / Gun In Your Back / In The City / Waitin' For The Man.
The Riffs: Tony Mengis: vocals / Amphetamine Blue: guitars, backup vocals / Saigon Shakes: guitar / Dogs Body: guitars and vocals / Toni Transmission: drums.
In the early 2000s, there were at least three bands calling themselves the Riffs. One was a British ska band, another was a New Jersey band that had a retro '70s outlook and cited Grand Funk Railroad, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Rod Stewart as primary influences. The focus of this bio, however, is a punk band from Portland, OR. Influenced by both American and British bands, Portland's Riffs are a snarling, in-your-face outfit that recalls the classic punk bands of the late '70s and early '80s. The Portland, OR-based residents are totally unaffected by the emocore bands that were all over alternative rock radio in the '90s and early 2000s and their music is a passionate, unapologetic throwback to the old school punk of the Sex Pistols, the Clash, the Dead Boys, and Sham 69. The Riffs' sound isn't entirely American or entirely British, although pioneering British punks like the Sex Pistols, Sham 69, and the Clash have greatly influenced the band and their sound has also been affected by American bands such as the Dead Boys. The Riffs, which formed in the '90s, have also claimed some pre-punk bands as influences, most notably T. Rex (as in "Bang a Gong"). The Riffs' lineup consists of lead singer Tony Mengis, Dogsbody, Amphetamine Blue, Saigon Shakes, and drummer Carl. Before the Riffs, these artists belonged to other Portland punk bands: The Riffs includes former members of the Champions, Deathcharge, Defiance, and Resist. The Riffs' first full-length album, "Underground Kicks", was released on the Pelado label in 1999. In 2001, the Riffs signed with TKO, a Richmond, VA-based indie that has specialized in hardcore punk. In March 2002, TKO released their second ("Dead End Dream") and their third album ("Death Or Glory") in 2003, on both CD and LP. Source
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THE RIFFS: "Underground Kicks" cd, 2000

The Riffs truly accomplish a genuine resurrection of authentic early Punk Rock sound. With influence ranging from T. Rex and Eddie & the Hot Rods to the Sex Pistols and the Cockney Rejects, the Riffs combine the best elements of pre-Punk Rock n' Roll and Punk Rock to create some of the best modern Punk Music to date. Features members of the Nice Boys & Soda Pop Kids.

Anonyme a dit…

etonnant la pochette avec le gars qui se fait lui meme son vaccin contre la grippe , mais c'est d'actualité

cheers Mr MR
Rosy "H1N1" B.

Unknown a dit…

Looks like this is the TKO version, which was remastered with different font color on the cover then the Pelado Records version. Nice to see it posted.
Pat/Pelado Rec.


Hi Pat
Thanks for the comment !
I have searching for the Pelado Records version but I'm not sure to have found it...
Is this this one on lp only ?

Unknown a dit…

The blue cover LP is the same version as the Pelado Records one. My friend Jozef put that out on Zurich Chainsaw Massacre. The TKO Records version sound is louder and fuller in some ways, I like both very much. I don't even have a copy of the Pelado version right now but will soon and if you'd like I can get you some MP3 of it.