The 'Middle Of A Riot' story
Four years ago Pronto wrote a handful of lines that encompassed a feeling he had about his own lack of effort towards helping our world out of its current shitty situation. Admitting to his own flaws and hypocrisies, he penned "I can see what's wrong. I don't need this song. I'm just waiting 'till the trees are gone and... your not helping at all Rick..coz I just sit here and I talk shit"
Three years ago, in a small Canadian town called Banff, I wrote my own thoughts on a similar subject. I was inspired by a Creed Birch beat I had playing in the background. I was working 3 jobs at once which gave me enough stress to coax out some inspiration in the form of a verse. "The world's getting hotter, and I'm sweating up in my house, chunks of ice disappear, no Amy Winehouse. Hide-outs and Jihad. The whole world need a rehab, before we deflate like a beanbag..."
A year later, back in Perth, I was carting my MPC 2500 around and crashing on mates' couches. One day I loaded up a sample and worked on the initial beat for Middle Of A Riot. Pronto was digging it so we banked it as a potential album track and moved on.
A year since the initial beat was made on the MPC, we had changed direction as a band and especially within our own production process. We had shifted from the hardware and had begun learning Ableton in an effort to make our beats easier to mix and master. We pulled in the track from the MPC and re-made the whole thing in Ableton once again. The song started taking shape over the following 12 months and eventually we managed to stop ourselves playing with it enough to sent it off for a special mix by our good friend Chu Laird. The final track was mastered by Sudios 301 and was finally ready to be released into the world.
With the amount of effort and time that went into the song, we have been both blown away and relieved at its response. We have been making songs as a group for 10 years and this has been our first to receive full rotation on national radio. The only thing more rewarding than that is being told by a stranger that a certain line you wrote 4 years ago has effected them enough to start writing their own songs. The cycle continues, and we are now inspired more than ever to create more music and finally finish off our EP.