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After a 14 year hiatus, founding members Lisa Mathews and Mikel Gehl have re-started their popular alt-rock band Love Riot. 

A Brief History. 

Baltimore-based Love Riot was a popular original alt-rock band in the 90's. The group won a worldwide contest sponsored by Yamaha, traveling to Japan and winning grand prize in 1994. They took the prize money and recorded a cassette-only release called Muscle, produced by Eric Ambel. The group went on to sign with the indie label Squirrel Boy Records, and released two critically acclaimed recordings: Maybe She Will (1996) and a 4-song EP Killing Time (1997). The group left the label and released the CD Heaven Can Wait (1998).

Love Riot songs appeared in TV shows and soaps and a couple movies, and they appeared as themselves busking in "The Subway" episode of NBC's Homicide - Life On the Street

In 2000, Lisa Mathews had a baby and decided to put Love Riot on the shelf, wanting to create music for the little one taking all her attention Mikel Gehl and his wife had a son a year after, and the two founded Milkshake, a rock band for kids. Millkshake went on to release 5 award-winning albums for kids. 2010's Great Day received a Gramy nomination for "Best Musical Recording For Children". Now that Lisa and Mikel's kids are older, it seems fitting to re-start Love Riot and make music for adults again. This new version is mix of players from both the original Love Riot and Milkshake. Willem Elsevier returns as violinist, and Tom Moon, Cord Neal and Brian Simms join up from Milkshake

Love Riot will perform some of the favorites from their original catalog and release their first new CD in the coming year.

Visit these links for past bio info: AllMusic; Baltimore SunGoogle press

The original Love Riot, circa 1997: (left to right) Willem Elsevier, Mark Evanko, Lisa Mathews, Ron Campbell & Mikel Gehl.

The original Love Riot, circa 1997: (left to right) Willem Elsevier, Mark Evanko, Lisa Mathews, Ron Campbell & Mikel Gehl.

The new Love Riot, featuring of members from the original Love Riot, along with musicians Lisa and Mikel have played with for years in Milkshake: (left to right) Willem Elsevier, Cord Neal, Tom Moon, Lisa Mathews, Brian Simms & Mikel Gehl.

The new Love Riot, featuring of members from the original Love Riot, along with musicians Lisa and Mikel have played with for years in Milkshake: (left to right) Willem Elsevier, Cord Neal, Tom Moon, Lisa Mathews, Brian Simms & Mikel Gehl.