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Carry Us to the Sea

by The Riot

Beautiful and powerful, by turns frightening, epic, and restrained, and infused with unforgettable electronic energy, The Riot brings rock to its knees.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. Exercizes in Black and White
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2. Little Hands Grasping
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3. Time Travel
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4. Toast
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5. City Lights
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6. Seascape
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7. This Ship
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8. (Underground)
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9. Peddle Us Off One by One
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10. Facsimile Trajectories
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11. In a Place Where Something Begins
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Album Notes
A recent review from the Anchorage Daily News:

4.5/5 Stars

The sounding of a gong opens The Riot's "Carry Us to the Sea." It is simple, open and empty.But from those tones straight to the album's final note, it's a helter-skelter ride.

Within the introductory piece alone, synthesized orchestration reminiscent of a movie soundtrack both religious and supremely frightening sets a tone. Chants join in, spooky and distant. Drums crash. Thin female voices add a top layer as the lower pitches drop and a single deep vibration carries the song to its finish.

Parts of "Carry Us to the Sea" -- the Anchorage band's first full-length album -- go haywire, buzz this way and that, bounce between speakers with no recognizable melody. Through it all, vocalist Laila O'Sullivan belts full of feeling, hits high notes and keeps up in volume and power with the smashing drums and guitar behind her. She exhibits technical prowess, warbling and stretching, floating into an ethereal vibrato-shaken upper range reminiscent of Fiona Apple.

The Riot's kaleidoscopic sound weaves into the surrealism and metaphor of O'Sullivan's smart lyrics. She intones on "Toast," one of the band's jazzier numbers: "Influenza bicycle races, / Paradigms and charades,/ Decaffeinated heartfelt sentences/ Drip from your tongue and/ Down your chin." On "This Ship," a beast of a song and a study in contrasts, she chants, "Soon we'll find out what we're here for," then yells it, and finally cuts off mid-sentence, giving way to a keyboard's lullaby, halfway between scary and sad.

In the best possible sense, this album has no standout musician or any standout tracks. Every song is fresh and creative, and all four members -- O'Sullivan, keyboardist John Swanson, drummer Evan Larrecou and guitarist Kenny Moss [now Brett Fraser] -- are tight and skilled and exploding with energy.

-- Lillie Dremeaux

Now, granted, Anchorage is a city not too large or well known for its music scene, but The Riot took over Anchorage's radio waves, tapping fingers, and dancing feet in just a few months. From their phenomenal local CD sales to their glowing reviews in the Daily News to their huge draw at shows--The Riot is a force to be reckoned with. Now they're determined to take over a town closer to you.



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Sidney Johnson

A Sensation of Sorts
If you want to listen to something that will honestly fill your body with the urge to dance than I would reccommend this phenomenal CD. Who would have thought that 4 kids from Anchorage could produce something as professional and mature as this? No one, which makes it all the more incredible and accesible. Whether it be Laila's vocals enticing you to sing along, John's beautiful keyboard playing, Evan's persistent intricate beats or Kenny's well placed but not overdone guitar parts, the Riot will take you on a journey. You find yourself anxious to hear more and more as it progresses, amd at the end of this CD you feel like you want to climb a mountain or make an entire room of people dance with you.


Carry Us to the Sea is the Riot's bone crushing debut album. Although recorded in Keyboardist John's bathroom, the quality of this album will blow you away. The Riot's sound is comparable to the likes of Shiny Toy Guns, and is very rock and electically influenced. It sounds like basement ghosts singing, and Carry Us to the Sea is a must own for anyone who is a lover of beautiful music!


This cd, is absolutly amazing. It has its own unique upbeat sound, very expirimental. I love dancing to it.

Kyle Fitzjearl

Keeps your body in motion. A must have for people who like to dance.
This CD captivates you from the opening. It has a way of flowing from one song to the next keeping your attention. If you like the dance along with your music, this CD is the perfect thing for you.


i love it! one of the best local bands they kick ass!
i bought the cd after satuday'show. the cd kicks butt!


it's changed for the better.
yup i haven't heard this cd since you came out with it like at the well... what ever that concert was when you first started selling it. you sang it amazing in concert the cd was good too. but for somereason this one seems better. keep doing what ever it is your doing.

Nathaniel Ellis

My feet are moving. A part of me is trembling as these sound waves that are hitting my body. It's deep within my chest... It's like a crack of thunder in my soul. How do you explain a feeling like that?

You could say its love... I suppose. But I would bring it closer to the word passion. That's what makes the riot great. Every time they play they feel there music. There's rage and pain, but there's also depth and heart.

The riot are an huge inspiration.

Mara Malachowski

This album is a perfect recording of the incredible energy that The Riot creates
Carry Us to the Sea is one of my favorite albums ever, it always will be. The Riot create an almost tangible energy at their shows, which you can feel in every track on the CD. It's one of those albums that you can't just listen to one song on. You have to start at the beginning and dance and sing your way through the whole album. Every note is hit right, the instruments and vocals are a perfect blend. Truely, a perfect album.