“Warfare” By Rifle

"Warfare" by Rifle is Northern Transmissions Song of the Day. The title-track is off the UK band's forthcoming album, out 10/27
Rifle photo by Sam B

Rifle will release their debut EP ‘Under Two Flags’ on October 27th via a new hardcore imprint, Standard Process, in association with One Little Independent Records. Originally meeting while working for a retailer in Camden, Rifle bonded on a shared love for Bad Breeding, Chubby and the Gang and The Chisel, all of which they would go on to support, as well as racking up slots with the likes of High Vis, Crocodiles, DITZ, Raw Brigade and more. They gained quick notoriety on the local circuit before releasing their 2022 ‘Holloway Demos’.

Album opener and title track “Under Two Flags” explores the idea of having to pinpoint your nationality, as most of the band come from a mixed British/Irish background, and the duality of straddling two cultural identities. They tell us that follow-up ‘Disorderly’ “confronts generational trauma. The chorus, ‘No Longer Free, No Longer Fun’, is about the emotional weight and impact this trauma has on individuals and families, it’s an attempt at highlighting how the weight of past experiences can stop the freedom and joy that should be a necessity in life”.

On the track “Warfare” vocalist and frontman Max Williams discusses disillusionment with notable honesty. “This is about possibly the lowest point in my life, when having no job prospects and having to turn to work on a building site 6 or 7 days a week. The demanding aspects of working in construction with no prospects on the horizon, every day your body taking a battering, both mentally and physically, whilst being on a menial wage”.

Standard Process founder Chris Dodd tells us that “Standard Process is a record label based in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, inspired by the wave of anarcho-punk bands that spilled out from the county in the late 70s and early 80s. From Letchworth’s Chron Gen to Bishop Stortford’s Flux of Pink Indians, Hertfordshire was home to revolutionary artists who organised heads from Bovingdon all the way to Boston. Standard Process is for the proletariat, by the proletariat. Songs for workers from England’s glorious County of Opportunity”.

Under Two Flags

Under Two Flags
Marked Man

Music Credits

Vocals – Max Williams
Guitar – Cam Sims
Guitar – Albert Dury
Bass – Ross Whelan
Drums – Flynn Whelan

Mixed and Recorded – Jonah Falco
Sound Engineer – Ben Spence, recorded at Fuzzbrain
Mastered – Daniel Husayn at NLBF

Pre-order Under Two Flags by Rifle HERE


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