Riots Revelation Roy Batty Riff Relevant

(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Editor,

Welcome to what may or may not become a regular segment here at Riff Relevant, it remains to be seen. But with that said, Riot’s Revelation is quite similar to a previous column I maintained at the former site I co-founded, one where I search out and share something you might possibly be interested in. It may be a band, perhaps a record, an event, whatever…I just merely make you aware of it and leave the rest up to you. With that in mind, let’s dive in, shall we?

Today’s inaugural spotlight is cast toward RVA (Richmond, VA.) and its shine lands upon Roy Batty. Now, I can already hear you asking “What is a Roy Batty?!” so just hold your horses a sec and I’ll tell you. Roy Batty is a rising band from the musical hotspot that is RVA and it features some rather well known figures actually. Those figures are known locally, regionally, nationally and even internationally. What they bring to, and blend within, this band is a sound that is rife with myriad styles and influences.

With singer Lindsey Spurrier (ex-Hot Dolphin), Mike Layne (Hoboknife) and Danny Trice (both also ex-La Mere Vipere) and drummer Erik Larson (do I really need to break his pedigree down? I.E. Backwoods Payback, Alabama Thunderpussy, Birds Of Prey, Hail!Hornet, The Mighty Nimbus, Avail and on and on), Roy Batty are as unique an entity as you’d imagine.

Thankfully, you don’t have to imagine that though as the band’s style of punk-fused Alt. Rock/Noise Rock-meets-a hint of New Wave can now be heard. The band has made three songs, ‘Yesterday Came Today‘, ‘Mirror, and ‘A Quality Of Mercy‘, available for streaming on Bandcamp below (where they’re also designated NYP – Name Your Price – too).

I’ll leave you with this: If you read me regularly then you know I can muster up some off-the-wall comparisons and have I got one for you here. The Roy Batty sound is one that might result from mixing some Wendy O. Williams & The Plasmatics with TSOL (True Sounds Of Liberty), ha! Chew on that…and this:

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