Introducing Champagne Riot
aaamusic | On 16, Sep 2010
Champagne Riot is the brainchild of two Scandinavians, Caspar Bock and Anders Reuter. In their own words “Their mission is to create perfect pieces of timeless pop music that are sophisticated and gloriously irresistible”. They are set to release their debut double A-sided single “Heart Stab/ A Friend of A Friend”
Champagne Riot started as a solo project of Danish born, at the time Berlin based, Caspar Bock who released the EP “Paris and I” on the American indie pop label Shelflife Records in 2008. Shelflife approached Caspar within the first week of uploading the project’s two first demos to Myspace. The EP release in October 2008 generated a substantial amount of blog hype and overwhelming reviews as well as national airplay and mainstream media features in Caspar’s home country Denmark. Furthermore it led to live performances in Los Angeles and at San Francisco Popfest 2009 as well as a number of successful shows in Sweden and Denmark. This was all based on the release of what was essentially still just an early demo.
Inspired by the success of the first EP Caspar contacted Anders Reuter in 2009 with a view to getting Anders to produce the band’s next release by Champagne Riot. Anders is a young and well known Danish pop music journalist. After having convinced Anders to first produce and later join Champagne Riot as a full member the two quit their jobs and isolated themselves in a basement studio in Copenhagen to focus solely on their music.
Both of them come from an alternative music background, coupled with an appreciation of fine art and literature, however they would not hesitate for a moment in describing the works of producers Max Martin and Stock, Aitken, Waterman as pure and genuine art forms. The band support that main sources of inspiration include all great pop songs from the past 60 years, electronic and acoustic music of all kinds, indie pop, warp records, intelligent hip hop. Etc. Or as their Myspace page simply puts it: Hedonism, Dadaism, Nihilism and Abba.
Their debut release in the UK will be a double a-side single consisting of the songs “Heart Stab” and “A Friend Of A Friend”
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