The Riptides Announce New LP

RiptidesPop-punk act The Riptides will be releasing their first full length since 2010 Tough Luck EP. The album will be titled Canadian Graffiti  and is set to drop on September 12, 2017 via Something To Do Records

Track listing can be found below.

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The Riptides - Tales from Planet Earth

The Riptides

Tales From Planet Earth

Asian Man Records

Rating: 4/5




Forget what you thought you knew about The Riptides.  If you previously thought of the Ottawa four-piece as a forgettable pop-punk outfit, then it’s time to give them another listen.  In fact, their latest album,Tales From Planet Earth, could be thought of as somewhat of a relaunch for the ten-year-old group.

What’s changed you ask? Well, for starters lead vocalist Andy Vandal has completely abandoned his gruff edge and now resembles some sort of LillingtonsMethadones-Mark Hoppus hybrid.  His enunciation is now slow and calculated, and his demeanor calm and reserved.  While many of their contemporaries have been doing this for years, Vandal’s delivery actually eclipses the majority of The Riptides’ inspirations, and places them on par with touted genre staples like Teenage Bottlerocket and the aforementioned Lillingtons.

Furthermore, a choral section provides unparalleled backing harmonies, bolstering their newfound melodic core.  With backing vocals that could easily draw comparisons to godfathers of punk rock, Bad ReligionThe Riptides move between varieties of more obscure influences.  Most notably, songs like “She Gets Around” feature bright and sunny Beach Boys-inspired harmonies, and the surprisingly fun “I Can’t Have A Merry Christmas” draw upon 50’s doo-wop.  Such touches really help distinguish Tales From Planet Earth from the legions of other pop-punk releases that have come to dominate 2009.

Style aside, The Riptides also demonstrate lyrical adeptness.  As the album name implies, these tracks are a combination of brief little stories and snippets covering a wide spectrum of material.  Tales From Planet Earth has it all, from love stories to science fiction heroes.  But generally they can be divided into two camps: cutesy love tales and extreme novelties.

Now, I’m typically a skeptic of albums based largely around affection because most artists end up repeating the same shallow message from song to song.  But here The Riptides stand out.  Their tracks span a spectrum of lighthearted encounters with snarky lyrics and a fun intent.  Tracks like “Hung Up” feature oogling punks with idolizing crushes as seen in passages like “see the girls with the high tops on, leather jacket with the little pink thong, she’s tearing up my heart like it was last years Valentine,” while others like “I Go Mental” comedically describe the agony of separation.  The best example, “Two Minute Penalty” compares relationships to hockey, keeping these cutesy tracks fresh even towards the album’s end.

But the real treat lies with the novelty tracks.  Undoubtedly drawing inspiration from The Lillingtons’ classic TV based album, The Too Late Show, these novelty tracks fill the album with an extra layer of life.  Specifically “Dial M For Murder” and “Omega Man” detail classic 50’s and 70’s suspense movies respectively, and “Stranger in the House” draws inspiration from early spy movies.  Here, The Riptides blend their catchy hooks with odd source material with infectious results.

The key word to remember with Tales From Planet Earth is ‘fun.’  In fact, I can’t think of another album this year as outright enjoyable and uplifting as Planet Earth.  Sure, there probably isn’t too much here that you haven’t heard before, but with Planet Earth the band has crafted a shining example of why 90’s era Fat Wreck Chords pop-punk has yet to die.  So to wrap up, Tales From Planet Earth isn’t justThe Riptides’ definitive album, it’s also my candidate for 2009’s pop-punk album of the year.

The Riptides - Hang Out

The Riptides

Hang Out

Union 2112 Records, Red Scare Industries

Rating: 4/5




There are certain CDs that take a while to grow on you, others that jump at you right away and some that never really slight that spark within the listener. The Riptides‘ would probably fall in the first category. When I first heard Hang Out I thought little off it. It was okay, but nothing great and I pushed it aside for now. A few weeks later I pulled it out again to give it another spin, and this time it not only grew on me but jumped out at me as well.

The Riptides are a much needed breath of fresh air in an over saturated scene as they rip through the twelve track album with a solid output of punk rock, no gimmicks attached. That’s not saying they’re the most inventive band out there, far from it; instead they play a tried and true formula of punk rock just for the love of it.They combine the pop-punk influences of the likes of The Ramones, The Queers, Chixdiggit!, and Screeching Weasel. It’s pop-punk from the mid-nineties, where the vocals weren’t spotless and annoying. It’s simple melodies that get implanted in your skull instantly thanks to sing-along choruses and the memorable hooks. But most importantly, it’s damn fun punk rock.

The drumming is reminiscent of early No Use For A Name, steady and constant throughout the track keeping a solid backbone that would be the basis of any widespread circle pit. Throw in the fist-pumping sing-along chants and you’re all set for one hell of a time. The vocals are probably the highlight of the album, as they are sturdy and rough without being rusty and overly harsh either; think of a slightly softer Jim Lindberg or Joe Queer (who actually lends his vocal talents to the pop-punk love anthem China Girl).

The most surprising aspect of the album though is how it progresses so well. After a few listens, it’s plainly evident that the second half of the album is where The Riptides really shine. Songs like Change Gonna Come, I Wanna Riot (which would be a perfect live song), The Girl Next Door and Subway Surfin’ 2 are all standouts on the album and show what the band is capable of doing.

Hang Out is a solid punk rock release that steadily grows on you the more you listen to it. Not the most original, but it doesn’t have to be; it’s still a breath of fresh air just because it’s not whiny and self involved. So thumbs up for Hang Out.

Video: The Riptides – I Don’t Wanna Go to the Movies

Ottawa’s The Riptides have unveiled a new music video for the song “I Don’t Wanna Go to the Movies.

It can be seen below.

The track is set to appear on their upcoming split with The Apers, due out in the spring via Asian Man Records.

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Riptides Announce Two Split 7" Vinyl Splits

The Riptides have announced that the pop punkers will be releasing two separate 7″ splits with bands The Dwarves and The Queers on Asian Man Records this December. Only 500 copies of each will be made available.

The Riptides last released their Tough Luck EP on Rally Records in 2010.

Riptides Announce Two Split 7″ Vinyl Splits

The Riptides have announced that the pop punkers will be releasing two separate 7″ splits with bands The Dwarves and The Queers on Asian Man Records this December. Only 500 copies of each will be made available.

The Riptides last released their Tough Luck EP on Rally Records in 2010.

Open for The Queers

The QueersAsian Man Records is giving bands a chance to open for The Queers on their upcoming tour with Kepi Ghoulie and The Riptides on their Rocket to America Tour 2010. In order to participate in the contest bands must submit an mp3 of themselves playing a Ramones song. The entire list of rules can be seen here. The deadline is September 17th.

The Queers released Munki Brain in 2007 on Asian Man Records and their newest release, Back to the Basement, will also be released on Asian Man Records November 16th. A complete list of confirmed and unconfirmed tour dates of their Rocket to America Tour 2010 with Kepi Ghoulie and The Riptides can be seen below. Read More…

The Riptides On Rock Band

Ottawa’s The Riptides have released a song from their new  Mass Giorgini-produced 7-inch, “Tough Luck,” on Rock Band. The song is called Friday The 13th and can be downloaded here.