3.The Wanted Man
4.Tonight The Sun Comes Up
5.Not Going Home Tonight
6.The Bottom String King
8.I Don’t Like Your Tune
9.A Song For The People
10.Last Man Standing
Oplo opens with a stunning guitar riff and follows through into a powerful chord progression, making an effective introduction. The song then progresses into a powerful lad-ish ballad, with superb use of dynamics throughout the song keeping that fresh vibe from start to finish. Listening to this song, you can fully feel yourself on top of the world, strolling down the street on a hot summer’s day, with your Fred Perry T-shirt collared up and shades covering your eyes.
The Unknown again kicks in with a brilliantly simple yet extremely effective guitar riff, a trademark sound which made The Arctic Monkeys famous and could very well happen for Stoke four piece 3’s A Riot. The song includes chanting styled backing vocals, the perfect sound to go with the gritty music of 3’s A riot. The lyrics, passionately voiced by singer Joseph Tomasso, are quite the relevant display of angst, frustration and desperate need to escape city life, and with such a form of release could see Tomasso become not only a voice for the people of Stoke-on-Trent but quite possibly the country, should this band have the right pushes in the right directions.
Track three on the album takes off with a slight resemblance to Noel Gallagher’s Talk Tonight, but that is instantly wiped out with a beautifully timed guitar riff followed up with a cool, laid back drum pattern. The Wanted Man has great use of echo and reverb on the vocals, and with such lyrics as “the people, they don’t understand” highlighting the bands potential to become voice of the people.
Title track could possible become the band’s trademark song from this album, with hard-hitting riffs pulsating though your very veins and drum beats hitting you where it hurts. One trait 3’s A Riot certainly have is their ability to calm things down and pace things up dynamically with great affect, as is shown in Tonight The Sun Comes up. Just one listen to the cleverly written tune leaves you feeling like you’ve just been a one hell of a roller coaster ride, and if you’re watching the band perform it live, expect to finish that song with a ripped shirt hanging off your back as you escape the mosh pit.
Tomasso is on vocal peak form in fifth track Not Going Home Tonight, with a use of effects helping his voice project the perfect sound of lad-ish banter with an actual singing ability, something which can be quite rare on the local music scene when considering indie bands.
Take away Tomasso’s lyrics and you may be forgiven for assuming an instrumental half way through a 3’s A Riot album is simply just a filler, but that is not the case with The Bottom String King, as they seemed to have produced another atmosphere producing instrumental which would go down a treat in any crowd.
Hypnotist is the tune which proves 3’s A Riot aren’t just a fast paced bunch of guitar heroes, with this laid back tune featuring intelligent guitar play and cunning lyrics suggesting the boys have much more than floor fillers in their collection. Perhaps, however, the use of an acoustic may have even further enhanced the vibrant, emotional sounds of the vocals and guitar riff.
I Don’t Like Your Tune see’s the return of the catchy backing vocals which could be yet another addition to a sound that makes 3’s A Riot unique and memorable. Add into the mix the catchy melody from Tomasso and the powerful drum beats and bass play and this song becomes 110 seconds of pure and raw talent driven angst.
A Song For The People does exactly what it says on the tin. Fabulous drum play lends extreme catchiness to an already catchy tune. Though falling into the breakdown of the song may need some attention, it seems to fit a hectic energy surrounding the band and the build back into the song is flawless. This song possibly wouldn’t look out of place on Arctic Monkey’s debut album- a testament to the potential of 3’s A Riot, but also a warning not to repeat history.
Another catchy tune with Last Man Standing, with Tomasso again proving he has great vocal ability. He seems to possess the anger of Peter Doherty as well as the soft beauty of his voice, only with a dash of a potteries accent in place of the cockney one. The song also has another clever, catchy riff, which could become the main weaponry for this band should they take battle in the venues of England.
After a great opening to finale piece True Illusion, 3’s A Riot rip it up for two minutes of pure British rock and roll. True Illusion is a brilliant ending to an album showcasing a band with possibly the most potential in Stoke-on-Trent at the moment. A little extra work perhaps on bass riffs to further fill out each song, and a bit more work on melodies in one or two songs, and this album could be the start of something big.