Songs of Love, Anger and Freedom
By JOHN DALY
Singer-songwriter Paris Tompkins’ newest EP called Here’s The Riot is a true rock and roll experience, grunge-influenced experience in true rock and roll.
The music on Here’s The Riot is a solid collection of words and melodies portrayed against a backdrop of intricate arrangements and strong production work.
Some of the music may even get a second life on the series One Mississippi next season.
At the helm of this group is Tomkins, whose band Here’s The Riot is kicking some grunge-metal butt. He’s originally from Houston and moved to Los Angeles at 17 to follow his dream to create music.
Tomkins started out by forming the band Slamhound with singer Josh Todd of Buckcherry, in which he played guitar and sang back up.
Paris stepped to the front in the band Church of Mars and later made goth-darkwave music under the name Paris Grim. He’s been influenced by Guns N Roses and Alice in Chains among others.
With Here’s The Riot, Paris returns to his rock n roll roots, writing about love, hope, anger, freedom, alienation, and heartbreak. Paris wrote the music for comedian Tig Notaro’s HBO special, and Love Makes Me Crazy is the single to be featured on the hit TV show One Mississippi.