Traditionally, a rift is an open space. It’s a place of possibility and promise. Los Angeles hard rock trio THE RIFT lives up to its moniker.
That openness has solidified the group--brothers ARIS ANAGNOS [vocals/guitar] and JOHN along with OVAIS MALIK [drums]--as one of Southern California’s most thrilling new rock upstarts. The album also caught the attention of Grammy winning producer Brandon Friesen who worked famously with Alice in Chains and NickelBack, most recently the Kooks. Now in 2017 the band will release two singles “Rock Narcotic” and “Mysterious”. “Rock Narcotic” is provocative and one can hear traces of Muse and System of a Down at times. The song is about losing yourself in the music and getting addicted to rock and roll. It has almost a reggae, flamenco vibe at times, but then hits hard with a chunky rock chorus. Aris Anagnos says it’s meant to be a tribute to the power of rock and roll. “Mysterious” has an incredible opening sequence, it starts with this airy synthesizer and crashes into a booming rock chorus fueled by a monster drum beat. It’s reminiscent of Ann Berlin in parts, and Kings of Leon in other places. John Anagnos said of the two songs “this one gave me chills”.
Punctuated by longtime friend OVAIS’s impenetrable percussion, it’s the familial bond between the brothers and close friends that brings another dimension to THE RIFT.