Koria Kitten Riot (singer-songwriter Antti Reikko) is an indie pop band with a happy blend of alternative pop and americana with singer/songwriter influences. Their third album Rich Men Poor Men Good Men was released in January 2014.
They have a lot of influences, but the main ones are Elliott Smith, Neil Young, Sufjan Stevens, Bright Eyes and Nick Drake. The music is a combination of sunny 1960s-influenced melodies with a punk and new wave edge.
Their music has a great deal of charm, especially the album’s title track Rich Men Poor Men Good Men. It’s a great euphoric, uplifting record that is easy to get into and listen to from start to finish.
The band have a very interesting sonic signature, combining acoustic and electric guitars in the most maximalist way possible, with vocals that range from cute to serious. It’s very much in the giddy, instrument-stuffed pop music vein of bands such as Annuals, the Shins and Decemberists but it has that extra touch of whimsy and charm.
They are a very talented band, playing some very funky and catchy songs that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and tastes. They are also a very interesting live act and have a strong presence in the scene. They tour constantly and have won the European Border Breakers Award, so it’s definitely worth checking them out if you are a fan of indie music!