INTERVIEW: Joel Stoker of The Rifles on his debut solo album ‘The Undertow’

Joel Stoker

In episode #143 of The XS Noize Podcast, Mark Millar meets Joel Stoker, frontman of The Rifles, to discuss his debut solo album ‘The Undertow.’

As frontman of The Rifles, Joel Stoker has released many acclaimed albums, playing numerous riotous sold-out tours and picking up famous fans, including Paul Weller, Madness and Ian Broudie. Now, Joel introduces an entirely different side of his creativity with the release of his debut solo album, The Undertow.

The Undertow sees Joel raising his artistic bar to a whole new level. Both effortlessly melodic and unflinchingly honest, its eleven tracks see him entering completely new sonic territory, the ’70s funk-flecked grooves, festival bangers and fiddle-assisted stomps reflecting touchstones ranging from Bob Marley and Fleetwood Mac to Dexys through to Arcade Fire and Michael Kiwanuka. Thematically, Joel’s lyrics hold nothing back as he reveals his experiences with anxiety and mental health issues, his overwhelming struggles with OCD dating back to childhood.

In this interview, Joel Stoker talks about writing and recording The Undertow, supporting Liam Gallagher, upcoming live shows and what’s next for The Rifles. Listen to episode #143 of The XS Noize Podcast with Joel Stoker – BELOW:

Previous XS Noize Podcast guests have been John Lydon, Matt GossBilly NomatesTom MeighanToyah Wilcox, Midge UreTravis, New OrderThe KillersTito JacksonSimple Minds, Divine ComedyShaun RyderGary NumanSleaford Mods, Nik Kershaw.

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Joel Stoker live dates:


2nd – London, Walthamstow Trades Hall

14th – Birmingham, Dead Wax

21st – Liverpool, Jimmy’s (upstairs)

22nd – Stockton-on-Tees, NE Volume Bar

28th – Preston, The Ferret

‘The Undertow’ tracklist:

‘Walls Fall’
‘My Own War’
‘Like I Love You’
‘I Go To Sleep’
‘Can’t Stop The Tears’
‘Until I Find My Mind’
‘Down At The Undertow’
‘The Valley’
‘Wave of Hope’
‘Why Do We Care’
‘The Great Depression’

The Undertow

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Mark Millar is the founder of XS Noize and looks after the daily running of the website as well as conducting interviews for the XS Noize Podcast. Mark's favourite album is Achtung Baby by U2.

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