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Gorilla Riot 2024
Photo credit: Ana O Sanchez


Formed: 2013

Hometown: Manchester, England

FFO: Dirty, Southern, Grungy, Country Blues Rock


Gorilla Riot mini-LP (2014)
Eve Tapes Live EP (2014)
Six Shots Down EP (2016)
American Honey Vol 1 EP (May 2018)
PEACH album (31 Jan 2020)
Solace EP (Sept 2021)

Gorilla Riot are:
Arjun Bhishma (vocals/guitar)
Charly T. (guitar/vocals)
Deggy (bass)
Matt Talbot (drums)
Luci Vee (backing vocals)

Gorilla Riot are a 4-piece dirty rock n’ roll blues machine from Manchester, England. Utilising a dual-pronged guitar attack with multi-part vocal harmonies; they play raucous blues-based rock, combining elements of grunge, stoner, and country to create a full-on high energy sonic experience.

Mainman, Arjun Bhishma, has surrounded himself with the best talent in Manchester to form Gorilla Riot.  Arjun, is joined by Charly T. (guitars & vocals), Deggy (bass), and Matt Talbot on skins.

They have built their reputation as a hard living, hard playing, genre-straddling rock n roll band that can draw forth tears of joy one minute and then the pain of a heart-felt lament the next.

Equally at home acoustically or electrically they have toured extensively with headline shows in Spain and France, and across the UK. They performed a sold-out album launch show for PEACH at Rebellion in Manchester in February 2020 but were then forced to cancel their album tour due to the covid pandemic.

However that didn’t stop them hitting the charts on the ‘Earache presents New Wave Of Rock N Roll’ compilation album, as well as NWOCR Vol 1 – both hitting Top #10 in their respective charts.

They released a 4-song acoustic EP entitled SOLACE in 2021, and now plan a new full-length studio album in 2024.

Recent highlights:

  • 6 times winners of Tracks Of The Week by Classic Rock Magazine
  • Gorilla Riot played Ramblin Man
  • Featured in Classic Rock Magazine – High Hopes
  • Toured the UK as special guests to Dan Patlansky
  • Headline tour of Spain
  • Played Download Festival VIP/RIP
  • Planet Rock – featured as ‘Ones To Watch’
  • Toured UK as part of the Planet Rock ROADSTARS dates.
  • Bad Son included on Top #10 vinyl compilation album – ‘Earache presents New Wave of Rock N Roll’
  • Double page feature in Classic Rock Magazine
  • Still Doing Time featured on Top #10 compilation album – NWOCR Vol 1
  • Featured in The Hot List by Classic Rock Magazine
  • Recent SOLD OUT shows with REEF, Airbourne and The Darkness

What they say about Gorilla Riot

  • Sharp, swaggering cocksure rock! – Classic Rock Magazine
  • They look as cool as fuck! – Classic Rock Magazine
  • One of the best new rock bands in the country right now! – Dave Everley
  • Gorilla Riot, have dialled back the distortion in favour of an atmospheric, pensive blend of rootsy acoustic layers, electric flourishes and Chris Cornell-nodding vocals. Lush guitar solo too.– Classic Rock Magazine
  • Dirtier than a bunch of Download Festival metalheads (pre-shower), it’s slow, swaggering bluesy rock’n’roll with lashings of southern rock warmth to cut through the grease. Nice.– Classic Rock Magazine

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