Album Review: The Rifles – ‘Freedom Run’

Album Review: The Rifles - 'Freedom Run'


Exudes bright harmonies and even brighter guitars

[a]The Rifles[/a] continue to happen without anybody’s permission. Yeah, to the folk more interested in [a]S.C.U.M[/a]’s conceptual art at the Shacklewell Arms, they’re scoff-worthy. But to the 5,000 who snapped up tickets for their Brixton Academy show (and plenty of similar-sized venues), they’re heroes. To cut to the chase, this third album is as good a guitar-pop set as you’ll hear all year: bright harmonies, brighter guitars, string stabs, handclaps and every classic songwriter trick in the book. Two songs – ‘[b]Dreamer[/b]’ and ‘[b]Coming Home[/b]’ – talk of “[i]moving on[/i]”. Perhaps the scoffers in their phonebox-sized venues should heed those words with regards tor their perception of this band.

Hamish MacBain


Record label: Right Hook Records
Release date: 19 Sep, 2011