Red Tape Riot has been earmarked as one of the most exciting additions to the SA music
scene since forming in July 2012. In this short space of time they have burst onto the Cape
Town live scene and created a massive hype which is constantly growing. John Battersby
and Rubin van der Rheede are the founding members of the band and are joined by Justin
Levitt, Marc Klein and Jared Phillips. Red Tape Riot produces music with a cutting contrast
between heartfelt melodies and strong party grooves. Influenced by the Post-Punk sounds of
the 80’s, modern Indie Rock, Brit Pop, Drum n’ Bass and Electro dance scenes, the result is
a highly danceable and catchy sound. If you haven’t heard of the band yet, you will soon.
Red Tape Riot’s first single ‘Love Is a Feeling’ was released on the 8th of August 2012. Soon
after it won the 5fm weekly ‘treffer’ and along with the video was playlisted on MK and TuksFM,
as well as 9 other SA radio stations. Since then Red Tape Riot has released 3 more singles
(Been Here Before, Wide Awake and Dreams) which all received strong airplay around the
country on both national and regional radio stations. On the 8th of November 2014 the band
launched their debut album ‘Almost Yesterday’.
A year later the second album 'Satisfy' was launched on the 14th November 2015.