"Candy Riot brings the sound of 1980's synth rock back and presents it in a contemporary, thrilling way" MangoWave Blog
Candy Riot are a synth-rock experience formed in Austin, Texas 2020. Band members Bobby Cheatham, Liz Feezor, Ricky Rodriguez, and Erica Porter blend dueling synths, dreamy guitar riffs, driving dance beats, and soaring vocal harmonies. Creating a distinct groove, the four piece sound has been likened to synth pop legends - somewhere between The Eurhythmics and Depeche Mode. Debuting ‘MOONSTAR’ August 2022, this full-length LP ignites a fun synth sound. Pairing significant lived experiences with a dance twist, the tracks take the audience on an upbeat glimpse into the anecdotes of Candy Riot. Reminiscing a range of nostalgia - death and divorce to marriage and parenting - it’s clear each member has their own individuality, bringing a unionized and polished sound to their debut.
With an emotive creative process, each track captures feeling and a personal standpoint around cultural rhetoric; but in a fun and vulnerable fashion. Inspired by a love of '80s music and the progress of audio technology, an experimental approach has been adopted to create ‘MOONSTAR’ - influenced by more freedom with at-home music production.
The accessibility of fun for all is imperative to the Candy Riot rock/pop sound; catching the attention of MangoWave, The Other Side Reviews, We Are YMX & Pop Fad Blog. The band values the ability to laugh at oneself whilst curating a soundtrack to raw emotions. The full-length LP centres around the notion that music has a transformative ability to encourage vulnerability and keep each other open-hearted.
“Serious 80s vibes & vocal harmonies” The Other Side Reviews
"Prosper Park is a song that, like the lyrics, pulls us into a dream” Pop Fad Blog