Exclusive: Night Riots Premiere Urgent New Wave Track 'Break'

SoCal quintet Night Riots mined some pretty serious subject matter for their standout new song.

“‘Break’ was inspired by a friend's drink getting spiked with a hallucinogenic drug at a party,” frontman Travis Hawley tells Billboard. “It made me start to realize that not all people are good and that we have to keep our wits with us and our guard up with who we surround ourselves with.”

Indeed, this wake-up call inspired some urgent, cathartic new wavey bliss on “Break,” which Billboard is excited to exclusively premiere:



The new song comes from Night Riots’ forthcoming EP Howl, due Jan. 20 on Sumerian Records. It’s up for pre-order via iTunes.

Also featuring the SiriusXM Alt Nation hit “Contagious,” the six-song collection was produced by Eric Palmquist (Trash Talk, Wavves) and written on tour while the band promoted its 2013 EP Young Lore.

“We escaped and hid away at Palmquist Studios with our producer, driving out our demons, exploring them and channeling the stories into our music,” Hawley says. “We pushed ourselves harder than we ever have before to break free of any creative boxes we had surrounded ourselves with in the past. What we came up with were songs written for the night. They are songs for driving at dusk through the desert or for lightless back roads with the moon coming through the trees. They are stories of life's yearning and acceptance along with the duality of life... that without darkness there is no light.”


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