Radio Riot making noise

PLATTSBURGH - There's a riot coming to town, but it ain't quiet.

The New York City-based cover band Radio Riot returns to Plattsburgh next week bringing their take on everything from Top 40 hits to alternative rock, R & B and hip-hop.

The band - which consists of Marco Ribeiro and Cina Smash on lead vocals, John "The Frog" Faughey on lead guitar and keyboards, Andrew Vitiello on guitar, Will Shelley on bass, and Kevin Bolger on drums - was formed two years ago, after Ribeiro and Faughey met at an audition.

"We both new what kind of band we wanted to be, and after a few personnel changes, we hit on a great lineup," said Faughey, who also serves as the band's manager. "Marco came up with the name; he wanted something to convey the energy that this band has. Something exciting."

And, exciting they are. The band has played across the Northeast getting rave reviews for their diverse song selection and high energy shows.

"The way we sound sonically is what I think sets us apart from the rest of the bands on the circuit," said Faughey. "We don't use a lot of effects on the guitars, or the vocals, and we don't play to a lot of backing tracks the way most of the bands do today."

Radio Riot also remains true to the songs they cover, but in a way that remains true to their owns style of playing, said Faughey.

"Being that it's a cover band, we really just want to play the tunes to the best of our ability," he said. "A lot of the music today is electronic-based, but we try to keep it as organic as possible."

That organic flow is the fuel that brings out the band's energy, which Faughey said is second to none when it comes to comparing Radio Riot with other bands.

"No one will ever out work us on a stage, and I think that is what attracts people to us," he said. "We love to rip people into frenzy when we play, and we want to make sure that everyone is having the best time possible."

(Editor's Note: Radio Riot will perform Friday, Aug. 6, and Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Naked Turtle on Dock Street. Shows will begin at 10 p.m. Check out Radio Riot at www.radioriot.net or find them on Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.)

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