The band (who also recently appeared in Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some, a “spirtual sequel” to Dazed and Confused) is made up of Mike Wiehe on vocals, Fadi El-Assad on guitar and vocals, Ian McDougall on guitar and vocals, Rob Marchant playing the bass and vocals and Ian Walling on the drums.
They recorded “Massive Fraud” with Stuart Sikes (The White Stripes, Loretta Lynn, Modest Mouse, Cat Power, The Sword) before Wiebe suffered a collapsed lung and broken ribs during a trust fall at the band’s March, 18th SXSW 2016 show (no worries though, thanks to an overwhelming amount of support from fans, a gofundme was started to help pay his hospital bills and he’s fast recovering).
The A-side, “Massive Fraud”, is their catchy new single and perfectly executed wiry, pop-punk, garage sound. It’s no surprise though, these guys have been playing for the upwards of two decades, beginning their journey in Denton, now calling Austin home.
The B-side is a cover of the classic hate-the-police punker “Hate The Police” by Texas’s own The Dicks.
You can listen to it here:
Already, so much praise has gone out for these guys. Spin recently commended the guys, stated “ATX punx finally grow up, flex polished muscles, moody might via hard chugging (and flange).”
Zachary Lopez of Noises magazine stated “Hoping to die before you get old, acting upon said impulse, and failing at even that is as good a rock ‘n’ roll modus operandi as any, and these guys have been doing all the above consistently from their 2001 debut album through today. Plus they write songs as catchy as all get out.”
The Riverboat Gamblers’ “Massive Fraud” b/w “Hate The Police” release is available for pre-order on transparent yellow vinyl, cassette, and digitally (as well as a Mastered for iTunes edition).
Photo Courtesy of Riverboat Gamblers’ Facebook page.