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Forming less than a year ago after first meeting at an Access To Music college course in Birmingham, Riscas – comprised of vocalist and bassist George Maycock, guitarists Tom Barker and Eph Dodd and completed by drummer Dan Parrot – have quickly marked themselves out as a live band to keep an eye on. In 2017 they have headlined the BBC Introducing stage at Lakefest and played the Big Top stage at Wychwood Festival via BBC Introducing, as well as being on the final BBC Introducing shortlist for Glastonbury. The band have also sold out Birmingham venues The Rainbow and The Sunflower Lounge and have supported the likes of Childhood, Pale Waves, Airways, Clay, High Tyde and The Night Café.
Since gaining international attention following their being announced as BBC Radio 1’s BBC Introducing Artist of the Week for March 2017, their debut single ‘Panic Like Tom’ has charted at no. 4 on Spotify’s Viral Tracks in the UK, amassed over 1,000,000 streams across their debut and second single ‘Talk Your Mind’ with monthly listeners averaging between 70,000 – 85,000 (the majority of traffic being from London, New York, Los Angeles, Singapore and Chicago).
Taking influence from affable indie icons Vampire Weekend, Two Door Cinema Club and the aforementioned Jack Peñate, Riscas have since been backed by the likes of tastemakers Dork, Virgin Radio, Amazing Radio, Spotify (playlisted) and Fred Perry Subculture and have played several Sofar Sounds events across London, the full Sofar Sounds video of their set scheduled to be released shortly. And the band doesn’t stop, having recently performed at a special ‘Ones To Watch 2018’ show for Live At Leeds. They also recently supported Airways in London at Thousand Island (The Garage) which was also the band's fist London show.
Riscas go into 2018 announcing a mini UK tour in January covering Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Coventry & London before embarking on another exciting journey for this year. Following a run of recent sell out shows across the UK and backed by the likes of Radio 1, Spotify & more, Riscas are definitely ones to keep an eye on for 2018!