Skarlett Riot – Tear Me Down


Review by Tosh Davies

Female-fronted bands are highly sought after by most record companies in today’s world of falling sales. They cover every market; young girls want to be them and young guys want to… Well, you get the picture. However, to find a young British band who simply plug in and rock with a powerful female figurehead delivering the goods is a rare thing.

Skarlett Riot have come storming out of the studio with an astonishingly good album full of urgency and enough catchy tunes to keep mum and the parasitic bundles of joy quiet on the school run. ‘Tear Me Down’ is another British debut which is setting the bar high, this is encouraging to see and a pleasure to hear. Dispense with the obvious female fronted comparisons, Chloe Drinkwater is a pocket fizz-bomb of energy with a superbly powerful vocal range. ‘Faded Memory’ is the first ingredient in this main course of rock infused metal. Containing some air punching anthems and a bass line so fat its measurement would be ‘equator’ this gets better with each listen. ‘Villain’ and ‘Broken Wings’ should be massive hits and aim straight for the American market with Chloe’s soaring vocal delivery bordering on magnificent. With an album full of attitude, infectious hooks and some superb guitar work you’ll do well supporting this mighty fine young band.

Skarlett Riot is another Lincolnshire band firmly staking its claim to infect the airwaves with their wall of riffs and melodies. British bands have a long reputation for producing great debut albums; ‘Tear Me Down’ is a fantastic debut album keeping that momentum and reputation firmly intact.

Skarlett Riot - Tear Me Down7.5 out of 10

Track Listing:

  1. Faded Memory
  2. What We’ve Become
  3. Adrenaline
  4. Rock N Roll Queen
  5. Lost
  6. Tear Me Down
  7. Villain
  8. Broken Wings
  9. Party Hard
  10. Riot