“Their debut seven-songer… negotiates a gargantuan alterna-rock/post-punk pact… [like] Catherine Wheel’s guitar sound on Chrome, unafraid of dramatic emo… passages.” - Jack Rabid
— The Big Takeover
Formed in 2020, Riot For Romance is a Rock band from the United States consisting of Jason Hansen (vocals, guitars, & keys); Brett Miotti (bass); and Kelly Nunn (drums & guitars). The group integrates Post-Punk, Alternative Rock, Post-Hardcore, and Shoegaze into what the members like to call a “glorious racket of Rock n Roll.” With over 20 years of collective industry experience and a history of charting on radio and streaming platforms, touring, and connecting with fans and the music community; Hansen, Miotti, and Nunn bring a tone of authenticity bound through friendship.
Echoing a nostalgic presence while representing the zeitgeist of our time, Riot For Romance taps into a familiar voice through a fresh lens. Evident in their self-titled EP in 2022, their release garnered positive press globally and was featured in longtime critic, Jack Rabid’s Best of 2022 in The Big Takeover magazine. The beginning of 2023 again brought energized reviews of their rendition of Radiohead’s “Karma Police” released in February along with press announcing their forthcoming full-length album.
With engaging live performances and new LP on the horizon, Riot For Romance is poised to widen their reach and continue making an impact with the music they love.
“There was a time when making music like this cost a ton of money, took forever, and then no one could actually find the CDs. Now - some twenty years after I went into a smelly basement and wrangled a painful CD's worth of songs out of ADAT recorders and digital effects - these guys have returned with three songs that I have just looped over and over and over. (It helps that Jason learned how to sing!) The tone here is rich and satisfying (something we could not really afford back then) and the energy is somehow both current and retro at the same time. It takes some serious nerve to cover Starflyer 59, but these guys tackle "The Dungeon" like reckless renegades. I love it. I'm a little pissed that I didn't get asked to produce it - but the rock and roll emotions are soothing me nonetheless.”
— John J Thompson, True Tunes
“One of [Riot For Romance’s] new arrivals is a stunning cover of Radiohead’s OK Computer single ‘Karma Police,’ which is reimagined in the band’s signature style, incorporating emotional vocal performance as well as roaring music that won’t leave a single soul untouched."
— Bobby Braunstein, groovytracks.com
“I’ve known these gentlemen personally and musically for over two decades and have been consistently awed by their ability to capture a feeling, a spirit or a mood and transcribe that into a song.”
— Matt Traxler, Steadfast Records
"It carries enough reverence for nostalgia to sound comforting while still sounding fresh—even within the context of its own seven tracks... If I had a single complaint, it’s that its twenty-six minutes are over all too briefly. But, I suppose that’s why God created the repeat button."
—Nathaniel Fitzgerald, Tuned Up
“Their debut seven-songer… negotiates a gargantuan alterna-rock/post-punk pact… [like] Catherine Wheel’s guitar[s] sound on Chrome, unafraid of dramatic emo… passages.”
— Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover
"'Would Be Remiss' opens with controlled feedback that bursts into a catchy melody while the ethereal pop sensibilities of 'Destination Somewhere' have the strength to catapult the band into the stratosphere. It allows listeners to hear what the band is capable of..."
— Eddie Ugarte, Ghettoblaster Magazine
“Fantastic energy…I would love to catch this live. The vocal delivery really drives it home. From the writing to the performance all around – this is really strong.”
— Art Garden Songs, Spotify playlister