Guillotine Riot
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Guillotine Riot

New York City, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | INDIE

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2012
Band Alternative Punk


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Guillotine Riot @ Arlene's Grocery

New York, New York, USA

New York, New York, USA

Guillotine Riot @ Ella

New York, New York, USA

New York, New York, USA

Guillotine Riot @ Ella Lounge

New York, New York, USA

New York, New York, USA



We all know about New York City’s rich history of rock. For decades, countless bars, films, photographs, and anecdotes from greying “would-have-been” rock stars have told tales of the 4/4 heartbeat that rose from the once smoke-filled and sweaty clubs of downtown Manhattan.

While we can all guess that rock ’n’ roll is as permanent a fixture in this city as the multiplying tattoos beneath pseudo-poet’s faux-leather sleeves, it’s hard at times to completely feel a part of the scene that bitter lips swear once existed.

Last Wednesday night (11/28), on Fontana’s underground stage, Guillotine Riot and their tight brand of rock (dubbed “porno-punk”) allowed a buzzing, albeit modest audience to sleep safe in the knowledge that real debauchery still exists beneath the blanket of Fender-wielding Clark Kent lookalikes and endless Nirvana knock-offs.

Fronted by inked and corseted singer (screamer/howler/moaner), Christa Imbriale, the foursome tore through a sex-centric, punk-scented set to get hearts pumping and hormones raging.

Their catchy punk-rock riffs—backed by maniacal drummer, Alberto Botero—are abrasive without hitting the raw nerve in the part of your brain that knows better than to put on The Slits at someone else’s party.

Paul Taite’s work on the fast-picked, treble-laden bass must truly be commended; too often the chug and flourish of punk bass is lost in a phrase of its own, yet Guillotine Riot’s power no doubt lays in the powerhouse rhythm section, driven forward by John Burns' rip-roaring riffs.

As the band worked their way through the set, Christa sang like a horny hair-metal rocker trapped in the body of his young prey. Her sharp banter between songs and lurid lyrics led the audience from taking off a guy’s pants to burning his house down (which she swears she never actually did), as she moved authoritatively and seductively around the stage, occasionally swigging from a bottle of wine.
Their fast-paced set was punctuated with gems like “Flower,” allowing Christa’s vocal capacity to shine with several sweetly sung verses that would make Prince blush, while a snappy Bikini Kill cover blared the comparison the audience had been dying to make.

Guillotine Riot provided the power and energy of the rock bands that took the city by storm decades ago, while bringing forth a fresh and empowering sense of musical prowess, entertainment, and sex appeal. They are not a gimmick, but a group of excellent musicians making punk rock and revered dirty talk accessible and entertaining. If anything, they could allow more chaos to seep into their performance to shepherd the impact of their “Gospel of Debauchery.”

They will be recording their debut album with the legendary Steve Albini in 2013, but are offering their Violent Sex EP free from their site. If you’ve lost your faith in music of late, these guys are a must see. - Feast of Music

Earbuddy is geared to music lovers of all kinds, but it’s easier for me to imagine our target audience as hormone-crazed youngsters. Well, have I got the band for you! Dubbed as ‘porno punk rockers’, Guillotine Riot are stealing hearts and hymen busting with their brand of indie rock. The band most recently released the Violent Sex EP, filled with all kinds of stories of debauchery and fun times.
Set to record their debut album later this year with the legendary Steve Albini, the band are shocking audiences with their brash and quite salty songwriting while sticking to indie rock fundamentals.

Says the band:

We’re failures at Normal Life.

We left behind rebellion and drinking and fucking and drugs in our teenage years and settled down with a responsible young spouse in the suburbs — but we didn’t get it right. Maybe because that sucks anyway…

So we divorced our better-halves (a couple of them actually), moved back to the city, indulged our long-lost vices and formed a band to spread our ‘Gospel of Sexual Debauchery’.

How can you not love the band’s own description or this music? It’s refreshing to have this much attitude and sexual deviance in indie rock’s hipster goody two shoes present state. Love that album art too. - Ear Buddy

I've read too many band bios that read something like the following - 'Timmy and Tommy were best friends since childhood and formed a Bright Eyes tribute band in high school. The duo started writing their own music (which Timmy's grandmother said sounds better than Bright Eyes) and moved to New York to make it big. Thus far, the duo has played legendary clubs like Sidewalk Cafe and Arelene's Grocery (where THE STROKES got their start!!)'.

To that point - Guillotine Riot's bio (below) is refreshing....and what is even better is that the band has the musical chops to back up their outlook on life. The songs on the band's new album (available as a free download) range from a cover of The Misfits' "Horror Hotel" to the angelic "Flower" (which is a song about total debauchery).
- Brooklyn Rocks


Still working on that hot first release.



We're failures at normal life.

We left behind rebellion and drinking and fucking and drugs in our teenage years and settled down with a responsible young spouse in the suburbs - but we didn't get it right. Maybe because that sucks anyway...

So we divorced our better-halves (a couple of them actually), moved back to the city, indulged our long-lost vices and formed a band to spread our 'Gospel of Sexual Debauchery'.

In June 2012 we released 'The Violent Sex EP' and in July 2013 we will record our debut album with Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies) at Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago.

Band Members:

Christa Vocals. Christa has been singing and rioting since childhood and will be at it until she drops dead (hopefully on stage at age 85).

Christa promises that she has never, ever really set fire to an exs house. Or any domestic structure, really. And she wouldnt ever set fire to any domestic structure, no matter what the rotten motherfucker did. She promises.

Freya Bass. Freya is from Australia, which sounds a lot like a cross between Middle Earth and Burning Man, if you ask Christa. Freya has been playing guitar, bass, drums and singing since she was a wee one and fronts another band in addition to being our whirling dervish, dirty, grinding bassist.

Alberto Drums. He likes to hit stuff hard. Hes been hitting stuff hard (and hitting the hard stuff) since he was a teenager in Bogota, Colombia. Hes played in metal bands, industrial bands and now he breaks drumsticks and drum sets with us. Weve never met anyone whos loved drumming more than him so were keeping him (which means keeping him out of trouble).
Keeping him out of trouble, it turns out, is harder than it seems. Were not saying that its hard because he grew up around things like revolutionaries, guerillas and drug cartels. Were not saying that as a young child he got so enamored with death metal that hes actually in league with Satan. Thats now what were saying at all

John Guitar. Johns from Southern California (maybe) and has been playing guitar since he was 12 (maybe). Formal jazz training led to playing in SoCal punk bands all over California (so he says). We learn something new and strange about John every day so we think hes actually a government agent who just happens to be a great guitarist and friend (and were not saying that just because were trying to get on the governments good side)

Band Members