If the sixties played the eighties and sounded like the seventies that may be the nut shell New York Rifles sit under, but as with the shell game played on the streets of New York, once you think you have them pinned down you find they’re under another shell. Is this a swindle to take you for a dollar? Not if you understand that you’re paying to watch the skill of the shell handler and be taken by the trick. New York Rifles understand the trick is to keep the heart on the sleeve where it belongs.
They know that rock is best when it’s raw, naked, and dirty. They’re in the business of stripping it down not dressing it up, just glistening skin, pressing desire, and a quickening heartbeat. As with all rock bands NYR are influenced by the musical landscape of the past and present, you will hear inklings of bands such as Positively 13 O’Clock, Catfish Knight, Cockney Rebel, Blue Cheer, Ebba Gron, Lords of the New Church, The Saints, and The Skids. They draw from these influences and create songs that are diverse and ultimately their own sound. The end result is New York Rifles sound like New York Rifles.