Llama Riot : Manufacturers of genuine noise
In 1992 two school kids met on the streets of their home-town and instantly bonded over their love of guitars and sarcasm. Inspired by the music of the moment, they cut their teeth playing in bands throughout their teens and 20s, gigging up and down the country. And while band members have come and gone, a nucleus which friendship and creativity revolves around remains.
Enter Llama Riot; an alternative noise-making duo from Leicester, UK. Comprising best friends and multi-instrumentalists Rob Connolley and Christopher Hunt, Llama Riot is the first time the pair have sailed alone. No limitations, no agenda, just two friends, hanging out, making the music they want to make. The fact they still know and talk to each other regularly after all this time is, in itself, an achievement they don't take for granted. Never mind the friends still share that same passion to create music together and openly admit that when the noises of everyday life demand more attention - which naturally leads to a lull in creative output - they feel as though a part of them is missing.
With this new-found creative freedom their music is as diverse as their influences, something which is clearly evident in the bands self-produced debut album Rescue Mission. From the all out garage rock of 'Seven Broken Bones' and 'Live it. Earn it', to the country tinged 'There Will Come a Day' and dance infused 'Sound the Siren', the only question they ask when working on a new idea is simply 'is it any good?'.
But that ability to shift gears and dance across multiple genres is what they class as one of their greatest strengths. Indeed they're never quite sure where the creative wave they're riding is going to take them but that's what makes being part of the band so exciting. Perhaps the most exciting thing about Llama Riot, however, is that even though they've been making music together in one form or another for over 20 years, it feels like they're only just getting started.
Rescue Mission is out now via Overblown Records. Hear it now on: