Austin, Texas based punk rock band Riverboat Gamblers released six essential albums between 2001 and 2012, and like a bolt from the blue they are now back with a new single. Both A-side Two Little Hearts and B-side Denton offer everything that made this band so attractive at the time. The current line-up, featuring Mike Wiebe (vocals), Fadi El Assad (guitar, vocals), Ian MacDougall (guitar, vocals), Rob Marchant (bass) and Sam Keir (drums), is enthusiastic as a bunch of young garage rockers. They play infectious rock ‘n’ roll – big sound, big riffs, big choruses – with woo-hoo harmonies that make it extra catchy.
Another surprise: the Gamblers also did a cover of Father Christmas by The Kinks. It will be released – two different mixes – as a single, but is also part of the compilation Starstruck: A Tribute to The Kinks, which will be out on December 9 via Wicked Opossum Records.
Two Little Hearts b/w Denton is out now digitally and on 7″ vinyl through Anxious and Angry, Father Christmas will be available from December 1 on Wicked Opossum Records.