Stand Out Riot are an English ska-punk outfit from New Mills, Derbyshire. Winners of the 2006 National Festival of Music for Youth Rock and Pop catergory - the biggest music competition in the UK. As winners of this, the band performed at the UK's most prestigious venue, the Royal Albert Hall. Boasting a 4-piece brass section, a violin player, and a highly unusual sound, sometimes described as Gogol Bordello having a rather steamy relationship with Streetlight Manifesto.
The band began in 1998, with two friends, Ste Anthony and Ben Streets, beginning to learn instruments (drums and piano), whilst still in Primary School. At this time, band members were simply close friends, regardless of whether or not they could play musical instruments. The band produced one very low budget album, under the name Testify. In 2001, Francis Hunt was asked to join on bass and Ste switched to playing guitar in the band. The band realised that as their original songs weren't their strong point, they concentrated mainly on cover versions. The band frequently changed names during this period, 2 Weak, Twisted Ego and The S Band were the most notable of these.
By 2002, the band had gained frontman Adam Painter and changed their name to Death By Boardin' and although the band famously never liked this name, it stuck for the next 2 years. After winning a local battle of the bands, and gradually getting more gigs around the New Mills area, the band decided to return to writing their own material, and this era produced a huge number of simple, pop-punk songs, such as 'Gyrocell', '...and that was the end of Reptile Boy' and 'My Own'. The band's growing interest in the world around them produced several politically themed songs, such as 'George' (a parody of Eminem's 'Stan', directed at US president George W. Bush) and also songs about the state of the UK music industry ('I Smashed My Radio')
Since the summer of 2005, the band have recorded 3 CDs with renown Manchester producer TiMG, played many more gigs, including supporting Canadian Ska legends The Planet Smashers. A new tradition of merchandise has been created, with the band designing their own range of t-shirts, badges and stickers. Trombone player and Jazz extraordinaire Rob Hodgson joined the band in the Autumn of 2005, to complete the current line-up. 2006 saw the band win the NFMY Rock and Pop competition and perform at the Royal Albert Hall and the Derby Assembly Rooms, and conducted a radio interview with BBC 7. The band recently completed work on their new CD, 'Stand Out Riot Vs. The Oxbridge Mafia'. In January, the band parted ways with Sarah. More recently, the band gained Charlotte Corry on alto sax. In October 2007 the band played on the Manchester date of the Ska Trek tour which was a nationwide tour with the bands Random Hand, The JB Conspiracy (formerly Duff Muffin) and Grown At Home which was reviewed in Big Cheese Magazine. In December 2007 the band supported Sonic Boom Six's home leg of their biggest headline tour to date, at Club Academy in Manchester.
September 2008 will see Stand Out Riot recording their first full length album, with TiMG at Big Tone Recordings.