The Riffbrokers
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The Riffbrokers

Seattle, WA | Established. Jan 01, 1999

Seattle, WA
Established on Jan, 1999
Band Rock Americana

Calendar

Sep
05
The Riffbrokers @ The Valley

Tacoma, Washington, United States

Tacoma, Washington, United States

Sep
06
The Riffbrokers @ Berserk Bar

Spokane, Washington, United States

Spokane, Washington, United States

Sep
07
The Riffbrokers @ Wally's House of Booze

Wenatchee, Washington, United States

Wenatchee, Washington, United States

Oct
05
The Riffbrokers @ Parliament Tavern

Seattle, Washington, United States

Seattle, Washington, United States

Aug
03
The Riffbrokers @ Twin Falls City Park

Twin Falls, Idaho, United States

Twin Falls, Idaho, United States

Aug
02
The Riffbrokers @ The Olympic Venue

Boise, Idaho, United States

Boise, Idaho, United States

Jul
26
The Riffbrokers @ Tim's Tavern

Seattle, Washington, United States

Seattle, Washington, United States

Jul
06
The Riffbrokers @ Cellar Door

Port Townsend, Washington, United States

Port Townsend, Washington, United States

Jun
21
The Riffbrokers @ The Swiss Restaurant and Pub

Tacoma, Washington, United States

Tacoma, Washington, United States

Mar
09
The Riffbrokers @ Darrell's Tavern

Shoreline, Washington, United States

Shoreline, Washington, United States

Jan
18
The Riffbrokers @ The Funhouse

Seattle, Washington, United States

Seattle, Washington, United States

Dec
22
The Riffbrokers @ Slim's Last Chance Saloon

Seattle, Washington, United States

Seattle, Washington, United States

Music

Press


... Sounding sort of like a Tom Petty meets R.E.M. meets Elvis Costello (meets the lazy music criticism of "blank meets blank," which I'm sure the Riffbrokers are tired of), they're the kind of band that sounds like they've been around forever. Their pop smarts are so keen and strong that those comparisons to veteran artists not only hold water, but function sincerely as compliments, and not as a sign that they are a lesser imitation of musical giants. The Riffbrokers are both radio-ready and uncompromising - traits that would have carried a lot more weight in the decades before the airwaves turned to crap. ” - Weekly Volcano


“the Riffbrokers seem to hit a perfect mix of indie rock, power pop and roots rock. Their sound is almost like the Smithereens and Elvis Costello meets alt country. And like my favorite pair of Levi's, their music feels worn in and comfortable, yet still remains tough and rough around the edges” - Tablet Magazine


“..the Seattle combo specializes in catchy, guitar-fueled tunes that perfectly straddle the worlds of American roots rock and Beatlesque power pop. ... hunky hooks and heartfelt melodies; frontman Nick Millward's gritty vox pack the perfect punch. ...the Riffbrokers are the kind of band of which people who equally love melody and guitars dream.” - highbias.com


"This act from Washington state has always sported one of my favorite band names, and their excellent roots rock has consistently lived up to their moniker. If I could describe their sound in a sentence, I'd say it would be as if Elvis Costello grew up in the Pacific Northwest and fronted The Replacements." - Absolute Powerpop Blog


Nick and Heather Millward didn't yet share a last name when they formed The Riffbrokers in Boise in 1999, but they did share a love of music. Now, 18 years later, the Millwards and their band have settled firmly into the self-styled genre of "powerpop twang," a "unique mixture of British Invasion and '80s Midwestern."

Despite a rotating cast of characters, The Riffbrokers have released more than five full-length albums—including Every Pilot's Blinded by the Sun (2011) and Facing Away From It (2016)—over the years on their own label, Unsmashable Records.

Considering that on Facebook, the band's lone interest is listed as "Getting in vans. Getting back out," the trio, rounded out by guitarist Chris Cline, is probably happy to be on the road home. - Boise Weekly


Discography

FACING AWAY FROM IT- 2016
THE GREEN KEY WILL LET YOU IN- 2012
EVERY PILOT'S BLINDED BY THE SUN- 2011
MUSIC FROM BIG YELLA- 2011
WEIGHT OF LINE AND INTERSECTION- 2008
FIVE WAY STREET- TRIBUTE TO BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD- 2006
FIX IT IF YOU HATE IT- 2004
YOUR SUPERHERO IN THAT BAR- 2003
THE UNSMASHABLE RIFFBROKERS- 2001

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Bio

Formed by Nick and Heather Millward in Boise, Id in 1999. Moved to Seattle following year- with many personnel rotations around this nucleus. Toured the US in 2002- much of the west coast 2003-2006. Currently Nick- lead vocals, guitar; Heather- bass, vocals; Chris Cline on lead guitar; and Dirk Lebsack on drums, vocals.
Described as powerpop twang- sounds like a midwest band from the '80s trying to sound like a British Invasion band. Many are reminded of Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, the Replacements.

Band Members