I must admit that this lot were new to me when I was given this album to review, and man was I missing out. Formed in Kent in 2014, Riskee & The Ridicule are an incendiary mix of grime, punk, politics and great song writing. Put simply, This lot are the band Slaves wish they were. Album opener “accelerate” sets the mood with a big sing-a-long na-na-na terrace chant style refrain which quickly accelerates (sorry) into a banger of the highest order, which is then followed by “kaboom” which utilises a similar motif but to much greater effect. Hooks that are catchier than the flu partnered with massive hardcore riffs and pop punk stylings are what this band trade in and they combine to make an album that’s infectious and memorable. The vocals and especially the lyrics on this release particularly stand out for me. As equally adept at singing as he is at spitting lyrics that are multi-layered, complex and political with lots of clever metaphors and wordplay Riskee gives 100% on this album.
Every song is a winner on this album, but if I had to pick standouts then they would be “Millwall brick, Glasgow Kiss”, (which quotes that “it wiz wan of ye’z, DISGUSTIN’ video that was doing the rounds on the internet a while ago), “Bodybag”, “Kaboom”, Black, white and grey and new single “In the dark” (which has a poignant video dedicated to the late, great Prodigy frontman Keith Flint to accompany it and is a powerful story about a couple and their struggles with their inner demons). If hook laden, powerfully played melodic music that is informed by grime, punk and hardcore with hard hitting, politically charged lyrics that deal with issues such as our relationship with sexual exploitation, racism, media generated fear and the threats to underground culture then this is the band for you.
If you’re going to Rebellion then go and check them out on the Friday at 2:20pm on the Arena stage. You’re missing out big time if you don’t. See you there!