Live Video: The Fame Riot

photos by Bebe Labree Besch (view set)

For the past 12 year, EMP’s Sound Off! battle of the bands competition has helped many young artists in the Northwest realize their dreams. Quite a few — like The Lonely Forest, Kithkin, Dyme Def, Brite Futures, Sol, Tomten, and many others — have gone on to reach wider acclaim and even regular rotation here at KEXP. This Saturday, February 9th, the Sound Off! Semifinals begin with the first of three rounds, featuring one band we’re willing to bet on: The Fame Riot. Self-described as “2 cases of anorexia and a keyboard” and led by brothers stage named Shazam and Liz Scarlett, this glammy Tacoma band pulls on more spandex, scarves, glitter and fur than a Velvet Goldmine cast member. If as they say on their Facebook page that The Fame Rion “is not a band; it’s a religion”, then Bowie/Rex/Mercury is their holy trinity. Check out their riotous in-studio session on Audioasis late last month and get ready for a kaleidoscopic explosion of sight and sound this Saturday at EMP:

Full Performance:

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  1. Kat
    Posted February 7, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    Love it! These guys are amazing!!! MGMT meets the Darkness!!!

  2. Scott
    Posted February 14, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    These guys are more show-offs than musicians. Saw them at Sound Off and everybody was dancing but their music has way too much sampling. Good bands doing live shows should be able to create their music on the spot with the instruments they’re are playing.

  3. tom theel AKA tictac
    Posted March 5, 2013 at 4:07 am | Permalink

    i love these cats they use to go by another name, i ran sound for them at a showcase for a label to check them out it blow my mind how good they where my jaw drop totally became a fan that day keep up the amazing work fame riot and KEXP and there alot more great bands hidden in tacoma too,

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