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Under A Banner return with their new and explosive EP, Riot.

For the past five years, this Midlands based outfit has carved out a niche as prime exponents of epic, powerful, passionate and poetic hard rock and metal.

The new five-song selection sees the band delving into the traditions of hard rock and metal. Inspired by bands as diverse as New Model Army, Iron Maiden, The Stranglers, The Cult and Rush, the band’s focus for anthemic choruses, big instrumentation and rich vocal harmonies has gone up several notches.

Working alongside acclaimed producer Gavin Monaghan (Robert Plant, New Model Army), the band have connected their love for raw, live energy with a desire to bring the heaviness to the fore.

“Gavin understood how we are all united by all things heavy" says drummer Tim Wilson. "We decided to push the electric elements of the band to the fore – drums, bass and guitar turned up to max with a hefty dose of keyboard and rich serving of vocal and harmony. It’s balls to the wall from the get go.”

Riot is the first record with new bassist Richard Corry (The Whiskey Syndicate) whose punchy, and intense playing provides a gun slinging attack alongside Tim Wilson’s pummeling drums.

Cementing all of this is Jake Brooks’ instinctive guitar playing combining an effortless mix of heavy riffs, textures and noises, Kat Davis’s 70s and 80s inspired synth sounds, and the band’s signature lead vocal, courtesy of Adam Broadhurst.

“This is a very English album for 2018”, comments lead vocalist and main lyricist Adam Broadhurst. “Riot is not an invitation to riot per se, but a reflection of the confusing and contradictory times in which we live.”

Adam goes on to add, “We always seek to bring passion and power with what we do, although sometimes we just love to spin a good old yarn.”

The band also invite you to their dark fiesta at a venue throughout 2018. They will embark on an extensive tour taking in venues and festivals across the UK throughout the Spring and Summer. Tour dates to be announced imminently.

Anthemic, loud and heavy, Riot promises to be a tour-de-force, and a seismic shift in Under A Banner’s sonic trajectory.

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