Gorilla Riot – new song ‘talk Back’

Manchester’s dirty rock n blues mavericks, Gorilla Riot are delighted to announce a new song, Talk Back, out today on Mon 06 Sept across all download and streaming platforms.

Talk Back, is the final song taken from their 4-track acoustic EP, SOLACE, which is also released today. SOLACE is available in CD digipak format and can be ordered direct from www.gorillariotband.com

Main man, Arjun Bhishma, said, “Solace began as a solo project for me, as they are four very personal songs that I didn’t think would fit with the band. I initially wanted to be the only one on these songs and just take on the difficult headspace that they represent for me. However during lockdown, whilst we were rehearsing our next full-length album, we thought we may as well release a little something from home.

“Our entire year of touring to support our first album was canned just two shows in, so why not try to be productive in our own way. The boys liked the songs and, as always, took them to a level that I could never have imagined, bringing more nuance, texture and meaning to each song. We also recruited two of the most beautiful voices that we know, and our close friends, SJ and Luci to bring a female touch to the tunes.

“It was all recorded at our house with our shitty equipment. That was the idea and hopefully, you can hear that rawness in the final master. This record will never be played live, it’s simply a snapshot of where we were during the pandemic, with a not so optimistic feel to it. At least it’s honest.”

Gorilla Riot – Talk Back

Regarding Talk Back, he said, “Talk Back is a song that I had from a previous band. It’s a strange sound for us (Gorilla Riot) but we like that. It focuses on a dysfunctional relationship that I was a part of, but it’s there for people to interpret themselves. The gospel influence is plain to see and the guitar interplay is raw and fairly savage for an acoustic folk song. Some may overlook this one, but we feel it sits nicely on this record.”


Gorilla Riot is a 5-piece dirty rock n’ roll blues machine from Manchester, England. Equally at home acoustically or electrically they use a 3-prong guitar attack with multi-part vocal harmonies; they play raucous blues-based rock, combining elements of grunge, stoner, and country to create a full-on high energy experience.

Mainman, Arjun Bhishma, surrounded himself with the best talent in Manchester to form Gorilla Riot.  Arjun, is joined by Liam Henry (guitars & vocals), Charly T. (guitars & vocals), Deggy (bass), and Will Lewis on skins.

They have toured extensively across the UK, Spain and France, including Planet Rock Roadstars. They performed a sold-out launch show at Rebellion in Manchester in February 2020 for their album PEACH but were then forced to cancel their album tour due to the countrywide lockdown.  

Despite that, Gorilla Riot had their song, ‘Bad Son’, included on the vinyl chart-topping ‘Earache presents New Wave Of Rock N Roll’ compilation album and also ‘Still Doing Time’ included on the Top #10 compilation album, NWOCR Vol 1.

They now release SOLACE ahead of entering the studio to record their next full album.

Recent highlights:
6 time winners of Tracks Of The Week by Classic Rock Magazine
Gorilla Riot played Ramblin Man 2018
Featured in Classic Rock Magazine – High Hopes
Toured the UK as special guests to Dan Patlansky
Signed to Off Yer Rocka Records Mar 2019
Headline tour of Spain Apr 2019
Played Download Festival VIP/RIP 2019
Planet Rock – featured as ‘Ones To Watch’ then toured UK as part of the ROADSTARS dates.
Released of debut full-length album – PEACH – for Fri 31 Jan 2020
Played a sold-out album launch show at Rebellion Manchester
Bad Son included on ‘Earache presents New Wave of Rock N Roll’ compilation – Top #10 UK Vinyl Charts
Double-page feature in Classic Rock Magazine – May 2020
Still Doing Time included on NWOCR Vol 1 – Top #10 compilation album charts
Included in Classic Rock Magazine’s Hot List – Sept 2021

What they say about Gorilla Riot

  • One of the best new rock bands in the country right now! – Dave Everley for Ramblin Man Fair
  • Gorilla Riot, have dialled back the distortion in favour of an atmospheric, pensive blend of rootsy acoustic layers, electric flourishes and Chris Cornell-nodding vocals. Lush guitar solo too. – Classic Rock Magazine
  • There are no half measures on this outstandingly confident debut full-length album. A dizzying mix of grunge intensity, southern rock groove and the pure breathless power of three guitarists working in perfect harmony to create an ever advancing wall of noise. Expect nothing but great things ahead for these great apes. 8/10 Classic Rock Magazine

Gorilla Riot mini-LP (2014)
Six Shots Down EP (2016)
American Honey Vol 1 EP (May 2018)
PEACH album (31 Jan 2020)
Solace EP (06 Sept 2021)

Gorilla Riot are:
Arjun Bhishma (vocals/guitar)
Liam Henry (guitar/vocals)
Charly T. (guitar/vocals)
Deggy (bass)
Will Lewis (drums)


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