Upload: Jenni James, the front woman for Riff Raiders who are the riff-laden, melody-driven hard rockers you need to know about
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Jenni James, front woman for hard rock outfit Riff Raiders
WHY WE LOVE HER:
Jenni and her band are the rarest of acts in that they can rock out both covers and originals with absolute excellence
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Jenni James fronts Melbourne hard rock outfit, Riff Raiders, who have just released their debut album to critical acclaim.
Along with partner Marty Powell, Jenni has co-written some catchy-as-hell tracks from power pop to punk.
Riff Raiders began life in 2015 belting out B-sides and obscure gems from the hard rock legends that inspired them. Made up of indie stalwarts Marty (guitar) Jenni (Vocals), Ollie Davey (Bass) and Chris Quinlan (Drums – yes of Ch31 Melbourne Musos fame), this band has blown away punters with its authentic approach and edgy finesse to playing rock n roll.
“We’d all come from original band backgrounds, and we wanted to do something a bit different. Instead of just being a usual cover band, we wanted to do some seminal 70's hard rock acts, but not all their obvious songs". Marty Powell, Beat Magazine 26 May 2016
In this guise, Riff Raiders were one of the very few cover acts to be accepted by the original band scene. But this was never the long term ambition of the band.
The next logical step was to retreat into Colour Sound Studio in early 2017 with producer Gavin Parker, many amps, many guitars and even more pedals to record their debut album of original material - 11 tracks of riff-laden, melody-driven rock. The first single Live Like You Mean It sets the scene perfectly for what punters have to look forward to.
When Cramp mag recently asked about fronting a hard rock band, Jenni said "When I'm in front of the powerhouse that is Riff Raiders, I have the power. It's like some kind of super crack you can't f**k with me, I¹m gonna f**k with YOU."
UK's Cry of the Wolf magazine gave Riff Raiders' album Live Like You Mean It 8/10.
The band plans to tour extensively in 2018 and pen some new tunes and head back into the studio.