The most important ingredients that feature in any song from Skarlett Riot’s repetoire are feisty, soaring guitar riffs and solos with a classic rock edge, all spiced and mixed together with new hard rock and metal sound. The band are best described, in the briefest of terms: sweaty, energetic, rocking, fun and awesome.
Skarlett – Vocals/Guitar
Danny – Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals
Martin Shepherd – Bass/Backing Vocals
Luke – Drums
Former member: Tom – Bass/ Backing Vocals
Skarlett Riot started out in the summer of 2010 in their home town of Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire. Skarlett Riot are a ball tearing, female fronted Rock/Metal band recently (March 2017) signed to the Swedish record label Despotz Records
A four-piece band, Skarlett Riot deliver the melody and grit of Halestorm and Courtney Love fused with the muscular garage rock’n’roll guile of early Guns N Roses for a sound that is packed with attitude and confidence. The young rock/metal band were soon taking their local scene by storm with their powerful, riff-led songs, blending melody and grit with a muscular garage rock’n’roll backbone. Add to that an ear for infectious hooks, and you have a band that not only has bags of attitude but the songs to back them up.
The band say their inspiration and influence has come from many sources including Guns N Roses, AC/DC, Halestorm, Bless The Fall, Shinedown, Bullet For My Valentine, Alter Bridge, Joan Jett and many more.
Skarlett Riot formed late 2010. Luke (drummer) and Danny (guitarist) are brothers. Tom, Danny and Skarlett were all in the same year at school together. Skarlett was in the same music class as Danny and overheard him saying he wanted to start a band. At that time Skarlett was already doing solo music competitions but really longed to join a band. The two brothers began jamming together in their tiny conservatory at home and soon the band members were all in there together. So that is where it all began.
Before Skarlett Riot, the band had originally played under the name Fuzion, but changed the name as they felt it was more of a covers band name and did not express who they are as a band well enough. Not much thought was put into the new name, but ‘Skarlett’ is meant to express the girl in the band and the ‘Riot’ refers both to the guys and the balls that they have collectively as a band.
Life outside of the band for the first couple of years was fairly normal. Skarlett was at university studying music, Luke was finishing his last years at school and the other two were working. Yet, most nights consisted of band rehearsals and shows, so they were together a lot.
In 2011 Skarlett Riot had some awesome support slots for bands such as Taking Dawn, The Crave, New Device and Zodiac Mindwarp. A mini-tour for summer that year around the UK, at a mix of new venues and some personal favourites, led to more radio play and magazine coverage adding to already well received reviews from the press.
The high-flying foursome also played at the Tramlines Festival organised by the Arctic Monkeys and headlined by UK eternal-rockers, Ash. Supporting great names has taught the band to believe in themselves and what they do, “because when you put your heart and soul into it, anything is possible!”
Skarlett Riot has wowed audiences over the years at Download, Reading, Leeds, Bloodstock, Hard Rock Hell, Metal Female Voices Festival, Bloodstock, Hard Rock Hell, Camden Rocks, Steelhouse, Takedown, Giants Of Rock, S.O.S and a host of other festivals. They have also shared stages across the UK with the likes of Funeral For A Friend, Deaf Havana, The Darkness, Wednesday 13, D-A-D, Reckless Love, Heaven’s Basement, Kamelot, Gus G, Devilskin, Hammerfall, Glamour Of The Kill, Leaves’ Eyes, Periphery, Firewind, Taking Dawn, L.A Guns, Crashdiet, Vains Of Jenna, Black Spiders, Forever Never, Francesqa plus many more.
Skarlett Riot played at the final Mfvf Metalfemalevoicesfest in Belgium in October 2016 in Belgium. Both Powerplay Rock and Metal Magazine gave an awesome review from their show including: ‘Skarlett rocked her heart out, engaging with the crowd at every opportunity and she clearly won them round’
In January 2017 Skarlett Riot hit Centre Stage at Giants of Rock Festival in Minehead, U.K.
This was followed by Skarlett Riot being main support on the Devilskin UK tour in 2017. Devilskin, like Skarlett Riot, is a four piece band formed in 2010. From Hamilton New Zealand, Devliskin already have guts, class, kudos and confidence. The sum total of a determined and accomplished group of musicians who know what they want, the music is organic, dynamic and real.
Under new management, Skarlett Riot’s rock/metal music was sent out to different companies and they choose the new record label ‘Despotz Records’ who believe in what the band do and love their music. A worldwide deal with Swedish Despotz Records was signed on March 15, 2017. Merer Akay, who signed up the group for Despotz Records said “After 10 years of running Swedish Despotz Records, I had given up finding artists in the UK. But by pure luck we discovered Great Britain’s best kept secret that will take the world by storm. We are so proud that Skarlett Riot choose us to manage their worldwide musical journey.”
Skarlett Riot were excited to announce their signing to Despotz Records since they had been and continue to work hard behind the scenes to make it happen, so it took a while for them to be able to share the news. They released a statement to say “Despotz Records have an amazing team of people working with the group and their potential for growth in the future is very exciting for us.”
The band are currently endorsed by Charvel, EVH, ESP guitars, Stagg cymbals, AD Drums, Dunlop & Spiral Clothing.
Skarlett Rio’s ‘Feel’ has been remastered and is set for release on 21 April, 2017.
The band will then spend the month of May in the studio preparing a new album due to be launched in autumn 2017.
In June Skarlett Riot can be seen at the Camden Rocks Festival.
Also in June 2017, Skarlett Riot will take their rock/metal sound to the Wildfire Festival in Scotland in June alongside a list of awesome bands including Forever Still; Aaron Buchanan and The Cult Classics plus Wearing Scars; Treatment; Toseland and many others.
In August 2017, Skarlett Riot will be playing Fort Festival alongside Fort Hope, Forever Still and Grumble Bee.