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Kansas City, Missouri, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | INDIE

Kansas City, Missouri, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2013
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"Riala's Be Here | Be There is fully present"

Riala is no stranger to angular riffs and brooding bass. The Kansas City trio blends together the shimmering beauty of lush sonic atmospheres, the absolutely crushing disjunctions of early aughts screamo, and the difficult math of dark jazz. And the band’s debut, Be Here Be There, shows their very best. Be Here Be There takes Riala’s already large sound and intensifies it, uncovering new depths and dimensions to the band’s music. - See more at: http://millsrecordcompany.com/rialas-fully-present#sthash.pLyoTLaB.dpuf - Mill's Record Company

"Listen to Riala's Be Here | Be There"

On Friday, math-rock trio Riala — lead singer and guitarist Nicholas Turner, bassist Kalo Hoyle and drummer Morgan Greenwood — released their debut album, Be Here | Be There, on Haymaker Records. It's a moody seven-track experience that begs repeated listens. Turner's voice is just a touch acerbic — any more and he'd be in danger of crossing over into emo-rock territory, but the complicated spiral of guitar riffs keeps him from getting too punchy with the lyrics. But the real gem of this album is in the intricate rhythms and dark melodies: Riala embraces the listener with shadowy, chilly tentacles, holding interest even as some songs stretch past the seven-minute mark. - The Pitch


Still working on that hot first release.



Hailing from Kansas City, Missouri, Riala is a three-piece group determined to create spaces and places within their layers of sound. Their music draws from (and subverts) elements of shoegaze, math-rock, jazz, and noise while utilizing them in a through-composed, integrated manner. Nick Turner sings and plays guitar, Kalo Hoyle plays bass, and Morgan Greenwood plays drums. From their initial meeting as students at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, the group quickly coalesced around mutual enthusiasm for each other’s playing. Their first musical endeavors taken together were within an improvisatory music ensemble in which music making is dependent upon listening and reacting to one another in the moment, without need of sheet music or verbal communication. Nick and Morgan soon started jamming between classes in the school’s cramped basement practice rooms, slowly collecting songs and eventually bringing Kalo into the fold.

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