Lost In The Riots are a four-piece instrumental post rock band hailing from Watford, United Kingdom, a town famous for producing modern hardcore rock acts such as Gallows, Lower Than Atlantis, and Sikth.


The band formed in late 2010 after current guitarists James Cook and Adam Edwards had shown a mutual interest in each other’s previous musical projects.[1]

The quartet released their first EP titled Sinking Ships in October 2011,[2] with current drummer Andy Curd and bassist Robbie Parmenter joining the group.

The band went on to tour parts of the UK including a prestigious support slot with the critically acclaimed math rock band Tera Melos in Leicester,[3] as well as concerts in Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, London, Brighton, and Chichester.

In June 2012, the band embarked on a short tour across parts of Europe, playing in Jena, Germany, as well as Paris, Bordeaux, Brussels, and Leiden, Netherlands. The band has since toured Europe a further two times, reaching locations further afield including Prague, Czech Republic, and Copenhagen, Denmark.[4]

In February 2013, the band released their self-recorded and self-produced debut album Stranger in the Alps.

The record was later picked up by start-up Watford based music label Lonely Voyage who would then go on to co-finance and produce the band’s sophomore album Move On, Make Trails released in June 2014.[5]

The album contains the single Kong,[6] notable after British funnyman John Cleese tweeted his support[7] for the track’s accompanying video, resulting in thousands of views.

The band showcased early material from their sophomore album at Truck Festival in 2013, having been voted to play the festival’s main stage by festival goers.[8]

Rock musician Andrew W.K would later invite the band to play Truck Festival in July 2014.[9]

Lost in the Riots will also make an appearance at the Arctangent festival, Bristol in August 2014.[10]

Musical styleEdit

The band’s music is characterised by typical rock instrumentation whilst abandoning traditional song structuring, a typical characteristic of post rock music. The band has frequently been compared to notable instrumental rock bands And So I Watch You From Afar, Maybeshewill, and Explosions in the Sky.

Notably, the band differs from the crop of hardcore rock, punk rock, and progressive metal bands that Watford has produced.


  • James Cook (Guitar)
  • Adam Edwards (Guitar)
  • Andy Curd (Drums)
  • Robbie Parmenter (Bass)

Discography Edit

Albums Edit

  • Stranger in the Alps (Lonely Voyage Records) (February 2013)
  • Move On, Make Trails (Lonely Voyage Records) (June 2014)

EPs Edit

  • Sinking Ships (EP) (Self-Released) (October 2011)


External linksEdit

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