Sunday, February 28, 2016

Song Of The Week: 2/28/16

Song: "Fists Buried In Pockets" (acoustic)

Artist: The Riot Before

Album: "The Riot Before Acoustic"

Year: 2011

Place Of Origin: Richmond, Virginia

Years Active: 2003-2011


"Fists Buried In Pockets" appears to be a song about coming to the conclusion in life that you are not going to achieve all your goals that you have strived for and you are not going to be able to attain all of the things that perhaps you desire. It's kind of a sobering thought, to know that your life is not going to turn out the way you had hoped it to. The original version of "Fists Buried In Pockets" could be found on The Riot Before's 2009 album, "Fists Buried In Pockets". This version I chose to be my song of the week was originally released on the 2009 acoustic album, "Fists...Out Of Sockets" which was re-released in 2011 simply as "The Riot Before Acoustic".

THE RIOT BEFORE DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

2005 - "Horseshoes And Hand Grenades" (Fall Of The West Records)
2009 - "Fists Buried In Pockets" (Say-10 Records)
2010 - "Rebellion" (Paper + Plastick Records)
2011 - "The Riot Before Acoustic" (Gunner Records)
2012 - "2005-2007" (Say-10 Records)


The Riot Before got it's start back in 2003, very much the brainchild of vocalist/guitarist Brett Adams. Following the trail blazed by fellow Richmond, Virginia artist Avail, The Riot Before set out to create punk rock music which placed a heavy emphasis on great, personal lyrical themes. After getting their name out there locally through touring, the band released their debut album in 2005, "Horseshoes And Hand Grenades". Starting in 2009, The Riot Before began to become something of a hired gun for several prominent punk rock labels, beginning with Say-10 Records for their 2009 release "Fists Buried In Pockets" and Paper + Plastick Records for their 2010 album "Rebellion". The band's "Acoustic" album was distributed by Gunner Records then in 2012, The Riot Before came full circle, back to Say-10 records to release the compilation album "2005-2007" which featured the band's early EP's and out of print material. Unfortunately, this promising band broke up in 2011 as several band members decided to go in different directions or had more pressing obligations at that time. I discovered The Riot Before just before they broke up so I never had a chance to see this band live. If you like bands such as Polar Bear Club, Smoke Or Fire or The Flatliners, then you would most likely enjoy The Riot Before. This is a band that I really, really like and I'm so disappointed that they are no more. Currently, vocalist Brett Adams appears to have put down his guitar and voice (hopefully not forever) to become something of a food connoisseur. He currently works at a place called Woodsman Tavern in Portland, Oregon both serving drinks and preparing food. Interesting career change!! Unfortunately, most small punk rock bands seem not to last as there really isn't any financial profit in keeping a band intact if you don't crossover with at least some small success. This causes many a great band to dissolve, which is exactly what happened to The Riot Before. Very unfortunate.


1. Threat Level Midnight
2. The Oregon Trail
3. Capillaries
4. Tinnitus
5. We Are Wild Stallions
6. To Live How We Believe
7. Redneckties
8. Words Written Over Coffee
9. Really Good Reasons To Swear
10. Back Stage Room

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