The Rifles


After what seems like an inordinately long time, and in fairness, probably has been, East London’s kings of barrow-boy Britpop, The Rifles, finally released album number three, ‘Love Your Neighbour’.

Eleven tracks in approximately thirty-five minutes grabs my attention straight away. There’s no extended, self-indulgent, art school wankathons here. It’s all straight to the point, smile along good time Britpop. I’ve no doubt all the blogging kids who seem to think Marseille are the saviours of Brit indie rock (go have a listen to Box Set Go by The High) will be calling this unoriginal, derivative… boring blah blah blah… well they can all fuck off and stick their ‘Vinyls’ on …. when Britpop’s done like this, bring it on!

‘The Kids Won’t Stop’ ‘Days Of Our Lives’ and ‘Mr Sunflower’ are a great start to the record. This is Britpop as it is meant to be.. from The Kinks to Madness to Blur via The Blockheads, Jam, Clash and right up to contemporaries The Libertines…they’re all in here. If any of these bands mean anything to you then you need to listen to this record… you will love this record!

‘There Is My Heart’ and ‘Out For The Weekend’ continue the frenetic romp before ‘Fall Apart’ drops the tempo and feel. It’s an absolute banger of a brit-pop anthem, one for the swaying crowds. Cooler generations (well, at least we think we are) would have been waving lighters in the air to this one.

We’re straight back into beaming smile territory with ‘All Aboard’ which despite its ever-so-grim message has such a feel-good vibe you have to admire the nerve of a band that pairs a message of despair with such an uplifting track…… All lovely stuff

‘Money Go Round’ has one of those stomping riffs that’s instantly familiar and that’s a common occurrence with this record. The sound is just so familiar. It’s almost a soundtrack of growing up in the UK as everything is here. Everything is familiar, everything is comfortable, everything is welcome.

‘My Life’ for example, had me sitting at the breakfast table circa1982 listening to the Radio One Breakfast Show with Mike Read, it has that kind of early eighties Stiff Records feel to it.

‘Starting Monday’ brings the record to a rapturous close with the ever so apt ‘I’m turning my life around’, an uplifting end about new beginnings albeit after one last whatever… ‘I’m starting Monday!’

It may be nothing new, or nothing groundbreaking, (do we need to keep having this conversation?) but ’Love Your Neighbour’ is a rousing, joyful piece of Britpop you really shouldn’t ignore from one of the UK’s most unsung bands.