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The Rifles are back in Manchester with their 3rd Album release 'Freedom Run', which was recorded in Paul Weller's studio. Luke Crowther and Joel Stoker are the original band members and formed the band from their mutual appreciation of  Oasis. The line up has encountered changes but now stands as; Joel (Lead Vocals), Luke (Lead Guitar), Lee Burgess (Bass Guitar) Kenton Shinn (Drums) and Dean Mumford (Keys). So now in the city where their inspiration hails, its time for these Southerners to show Manchester what they're made of….

With some annoying guestlist issues on the door we eventually arrive inside just to catch the end of The Last Party, who are a local band whom are already familiar to Mudkiss. Supporting next was Daystar. Native to Manchester the band comprises of lead singer Simon, Ryan on lead guitar, Sam on rhythm, Ste on Bass and Tom on Drums. The lads have been around for a short while and found recent success with their Eps 'Off Our Heads' and 'Slip and Dive'. Full of mancunian charm Simon took the mic and sang a song about growing up on council estates, 'Shacked up, Smacked up…' Mrs Joe actually sounds familiar. Performing the latest EP's and also some new material, these down to earth lads blend their observations of modern Manchester life with indie melodies. With new releases on the way, these stars are ones to watch out for.

The Rifles swaggered onto stage to greet their chanting fans. In a sweet cockney accent Joel shouted 'Alright Manchestaa!' with some shaking of guitars and coaxing of the crowd, they got down to it. Twisting and turning through the set they incorporated songs from all of the albums. An acoustic version of 'Eveline' sang by Joel, 'I'm gonna be there when you cry, I'm gonna clip your wings and pick your loving arrows', was a heart warming touch as fans sang along. Whilst all of the time my feet were shuffling, the set did seem to go on for a while too long. There is no doubting their musical prowess or ability to entertain, but on this occasion The Rifles failed to fire me up tonight. Maybe next time they will manage to hit me with both barrels.

Review/videos by Laura Everett
Photos by Melanie Smith

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