Single Review: The Riot Vans – Don’t Make Me Say It/Last Bus

The Riot Vans - Don’t Make Me Say It / Last Bus Artwork

The Riot Vans are a four piece rock ‘n’ roll band based in Perth made up of Charlie Stewart on Lead vocals/Rhythm Guitar, Aidan Armory on Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals, Cameron Speedie on Bass Guitar and Marcus Somerville on Drums. Today I’ll be reviewing their latest singles ‘Don’t Make Me Say It/Last Bus’.

‘Don’t Make Me Say It’ has a quick percussive fill, that even more quickly gives way to a guitar riff, and finally transitions to a strong vocal number, backed by a full instrumental accompaniment. I usually like songs that ease into themselves a little better but in this case I think it works, the song is fast, and is somewhat staccato but it really works for it, it has a nice feel and is certainly nice to listen to, and the varied instrumental sections throughout give each member of this band a chance to show how talented they are, which is always good, I especially admire a band, that manage to sound good all together as well as individually. 

‘Last Bus’ is different from the previous track, for a start it takes it’s time just a little, it’s not slow, in fact it has a very distinct pace and energy to it, but it’s just a different vibe to the last track, for a start this one builds where as the previous track established pacing early on and kept to it, but both result in good but very different tracks. The vocals in this one are particularly good, they aren’t overpowered by the instruments, like is the case with some rock groups, but are subtly backed up by instrumentals. 

So that’s what I thought of The Riot Vans singles ‘Don’t Make Me Say It’ and ‘Last Bus’ and if you want to check that out then head on over to Spotify. Make sure and also support the band by following them on Facebook and Twitter.


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