New Music: Shed Your Helmet by Riishi Von Rex


The soulful rock duo Riishi Von Rex release their new EP, Shed Your Helmet, tonight, May 22, at the Rainbow Bistro.

Ottawa Showbox got a chance to listen to the songs ahead of time and let us tell you, you are all in for a treat. There’s always a hint of something being unleashed within Riishi Von Rex’s lyrics. This is obvious from the beginning, as the opening track “Baba Yaga” refers to a beastly witch who flies through the sky in a mortar wielding a pestle. Musically the album ventures from a folkloric tale backed by rockabily to slow crisp blues on “Animal Too” and capped off with the hauntingly eerie yet beautiful title track. “Shed Your Helmet” begins with a feeling that you’re listening in on someone’s nightmares thanks to off-beat drums, subtle guitar picking, and a sudden influx of horns. And just as you begin to expect that their may not be any escape from this terror, instrumental chaos carries you into a rock n’ roll finish, which sets you free as you awake in cold sweats.

Have a listen to “Baba Yaga” below and get hyped for the Shed Your Helmet release tonight at the Rainbow Bistro with Nick Teehan opening.