With Guitars are relived and excited to announce that Texan punk rockers the Riverboat Gamblers are joining the Xtra Mile Recordings family to release their stunning new album ‘The Wolf You Feed’ in the UK and Europe on 9th July 2012.
This is the sixth studio album from the prolific quintet of frontman Mike Wiebe, guitarists Fadi el-Assad and Ian MacDougall, bassist Rob Marchant and drummer Sam Keir and the first on Xtra Mile Recordings. Speaking of the new partnership Wiebe says:
“The Riverboat Gamblers are proud to announce that we have dipped a feather in ink and signed with the UK based label Xtra Mile. The dark sounds of ‘The Wolf You Feed’ will be washing up upon the shores across the Atlantic in June. We are quite proud to be a part of the impressive roster and hope to spend much more time overseas delivering the greatest cultural exchange we have to offer in our loud loud musics.”
Teaming up with Grammy-Award winning engineer Stuart Sikes (The White Stripes, Cat Power) they set out to create a darker record that still had lots of hooks; a grittier, less polished sound to get across the true spirit of the band. Just a listen to the first fifteen seconds of the Hives-worthy opener ‘Good Veins’ shows that the band achieved their goal largely because they weren’t trying to make a record that fits into today’s musical landscape.
The Wolf You Feed perfectly captures the era when punk rock and old rock ‘n’ roll converged “edgy and intense but still catchy so that people could dance to it if they wanted to” explains Wiebe. But, there’s also a remarkable amount of variance inherent in these songs. From the sweetly scathing anthem ‘Bite Your Tongue’ to the piano-driven, Murder City Devils-esque death march of ‘Gallows Bird’ and classic Alice Cooper-esque feel of ‘Loser Neck’, the album juxtaposes all of these influences into something that’s got its roots in the past yet still sounds remarkably relevant. Additionally the album features contributions from Mark Ryan (Marked Men, Mind Spiders) and Sean Kirkpatrick (The Paper Chase) each of whom help the band expand their sound even further.
The album release coincides with a few dates in Germany supporting punk heavyweights Flogging Molly.
JUNE Tour Dates
25 Munster Skater’s Palace
26 Berlin Zitadelle
28 Frankfurt Batschkapp
29 Nurnberg Burg Abenberg
2 Bremen Schlachthof