Manchester’s dirty southern rock ‘n’ roll blues mavericks, Gorilla Riot are thrilled to announce that they have signed a 2-album licensing agreement with Off Yer Rocka Recordings (OYR), home of The Quireboys & Massive.

The first release will be single, Half Cut, out on Fri 29 March, taken from their forthcoming album which is slated for release this autumn, in Digital, CD and Vinyl formats.

On signing with OYR, Arjun Bhishma, said, “We’re excited to announce that we’ll be working with Off Yer Rocka Recordings. Our debut full length album with be released this year through OYR, and we’re looking forward to reaching more people than ever before with our music. Here’s to a beautiful partnership with more albums to follow! Rock on.”

Head of OYR, Jonni Davis added, “After witnessing the crowd reaction to Gorilla Riot at HRH CROWS last September, I knew straight away I had to have these guys on board with us at Off Yer Rocka.  I invited the guys back for the HRH Awards night and they smashed that too. Their skill and energy were immense and we welcome them as brothers to the OYR and HRH family.  Let’s see how far we can go boys!

One of Gorilla Riot’s first gigs as part of the OYR line-up will be an exclusive showcase for HRH Dark Circle members at HRH AOR VII on March 14th – their third appearance for the HRH family in just 6 months.


For anyone who hasn’t discovered them already, Gorilla Riot are a 5-piece dirty rock n’ roll blues machine from Manchester, England.

They play raucous blues based rock, combining elements of grunge, stoner and country to create a full-on high energy rock show.

Created by mainman, Arjun Bhishma, he surrounded himself with the best talent in Manchester to form Gorilla Riot – creating a 3-prong guitar attack with multi-part harmonies.

Arjun, Liam Henry (guitars & vocals), Charly T. (guitars & vocals), James Degnen (bass), began songwriting and soon entered the studio to record their self-titled mini-album. This set them on their path to deliver their blues-drenched dirty sound that evolved into the acclaimed EP, Six Shots Down in 2017.

Equally at home acoustically or electrically they released their next studio work in May 2018. American Honey Vol 1 saw the guys extend their sound and song-writing prowess with 3 new songs plus an exquisite re-working of their hit song, Last Hymn.

Recent highlights:

Bad Son – featured as Track Of The Week by Classic Rock Magazine / LouderSounds

Down The Road – WON Track Of The Week by Classic Rock Magazine / LouderSounds

Gorilla Riot played Ramblin Man Rising Stage 2018 after winning the public vote

Featured in Classic Rock Magazine – High Hopes 253

Signed to TMR Band Management Aug 2017

Toured the UK as special guests to Dan Patlansky

Signed to Off Yer Rocka Records Mar 2019

What they say about Gorilla Riot

“Sharp, swaggering cocksure rock! – Classic Rock Magazine

“Look as cool as fuck!” – Classic Rock Magazine

“One of the best new rock bands in the country right now!” – Dave Everley for Ramblin Man Fair

“Gorilla Riot, have dialled back the distortion in favour of an atmospheric, pensive blend of rootsy acoustic layers, electric flourishes and Chris Cornell-nodding vocals. Lush guitar solo too.” – Classic Rock Magazine



Fri 8th BARNSLEY – Old School House w/ Doomsday Outlaw

Thu 14th PRESTATYN – HRH AOR (DC Private Party Set) SOLD OUT

Fri 15th SHEFFIELD – Greystones

Fri 29th LONDON – Aces & Eights (Acoustic)

Sat 30th READING – Crazy Cowboy Festival 3, Facebar


Weds 3rd SEVILLA, Spain – Sala X

Thurs 4th PLASENCIA, Spain – Sala Impacto

Fri 5th BÉJAR, Spain – La Alquitara

Sat 6th ALLARIZ, Spain – Bule Bule (Acoustic)

Sat 6th LUGO, Spain – Club Clavicémbalo

Sun 7th VALLADOLID, Spain – Kafka Underground (Acoustic)

Sun 7th ALDEAMAYOR DE SAN MARTÍN (Nr Valladolid), Spain – El Zagal

Tues 9th SANTANDER, Spain – La Tribu

Weds 10th VITORIA, Spain – Urban Rock Concept
Tickets: On The Door

Thurs 11th BILBAO, Spain – La Nube Café Teatro

Fri 12th ZARAGOZA, Spain – La Ley Seca
Tickets: On The Door

Sat 13th LLEIDA, Spain – Café del Teatre

Sun 14th TARRAGONA, Spain – La Traviesa

Fri 19th CRUMLIN, Nr Newport, Wales – TMR RockFest, The Patriot

Sat 20th MANCHESTER – Rebellion w/ Tyla’s Dogs D’Amour

Fri 26th – GRAVESEND – Leo’s Red Lion w/ Bad Touch

Sat 27th – GIVENCHY EN GOHELLE, France – Salle Des Fetes


Formed: 2013

Hometown: Manchester, England

FFO: Dirty Southern Blues Rock


Gorilla Riot LP (2014)

Eve Tapes Live EP (2014)

Six Shots Down EP (2016)

American Honey Vol 1 EP (May 2018)

Half Cut single (Mar 2019)

New album slated for Autumn 2019 on Off Yer Rocka Records

Gorilla Riot are:

Arjun Bhishma (vocals/guitar) / Liam Henry (guitar/vocals) / Charly T. (guitar/vocals) / James Degnen (bass)

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