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The Hillary Watts Riot

THE HILLARY WATTS RIOT EXPERIENCE

The Hillary Watts Riot is loud, sexy, and brazenly odd. They play a style of music they call "Freak Pop" - humorous, absurd, and often sexually-charged lyrics, funk-inspired dance rhythms, dirty synth lines, and lots of experimentation and noise.

Looking like a cross between a 1980's Pat Benatar and a prom queen, Hillary Watts fronts a band of nameless, jumpsuited Drones. Together, they create an audiovisual playground that entices the audience like a stranger with candy.


WHAT IS FREAK POP?

Hard grooves, off-kilter rhythms, and sonic explosions underscore tales of the odd done by the strange: killer bees on a rampage; hirsute, gun-toting cadillac drivers; funky odes to tube tops; bubble boys in love. The Kansas City Star has this to say on the subject:

"The first single off the band’s debut EP, 'A/S/L,' boasts perhaps the funkiest bass line in Kansas City. 'Tube Top' is a groovy, loungey song that moves into a Blondie-esque break, maintaining an unconventional but superior sense of musicianship throughout." [+]