The Upside News asked The Ruminaters to review Clap Clap Riot’s first single from their forthcoming third album and they were happy to oblige. Here’s what Ted from the band had to say:

This isn’t the usual type of track I play whilst cooking my morning eggs, however today I decide to mix things up because these guys are from New Zealand and I love New Zealand. So as my breakfast sizzles I ponder the tune… 

It’s a cool track that builds well and the chorus quickly gets stuck in my head. I don’t think this song will change the world, however it draws me in, has me flipping my eggs to the beat and gives me an overall good start to the day. 

3.5 of out 5
Ted – The Ruminaters 

About Clap Clap Riot
It’s a little bit surfy, a little bit rock and a whole lotta good, New Zealand rockers CLAP CLAP RIOT drop their new single HELP ME’

‘HELP ME’ – the first exhibit from their colourful new LP – produced, engineered and mixed by audio wunderkind Tom Healy (Tiny Ruins, Popstrangers) – is about the burden of keeping up with the pace of modern life, exploring the feelings of isolation and the longing to be somewhere else. Built with a palpitating rhythm guitar, shiny keys, a taut rhythm section, possessed vocals. A song reminiscent of 70’s era John Lennon built upon on a layer of 60’s harmonies and surf guitars.

The writing of the single was an organic experience for the 5 piece “from the first demo through to the recording we felt like we had stumbled across something special” Dave Rowlands – Guitar – CLAP CLAP RIOT

“Their songs are entertainingly snotty stabs at punky pop that fuse eras with élan, capturing that eternal, adrenaline-pumping spirit of youth.” Gary Steel, Metro Magazine

“Their Live Shows are exhilarating, messy, exhausting and fun” “Magic’s happening here.” – Vicki Anderson, The Press

“CCRiot remain one of the most important New Zealand bands of the moment”

Graham Reid,




About The Ruminaters
After a huge 2016 with 25+ dates in Europe and the UK, smashing Bigsound and the success of their single ‘Bad Bad Things’ The Ruminaters are showing no signs of slowing down announcing a string of tour dates and releasing their sophomore EP

I Used To Hate The Ruminaters, Now I Like Them’.

‘I Used To Hate The Ruminaters, Now I Like Them’ was two years in the making with the band recording in several studios around the world including the legendary RAK Studios. London’s RAK studios have previously been home to David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson and The Arctic Monkeys just to name a few. Good friend and producer Rob Brinkmann (Royal Blood, Pixies) was given the top task of steering the chaotic, unruly Ruminaters ship during the sessions and the proof is in the pudding.

The range of songs reflects the bands unique and versatile songwriting style perfectly sums up The Ruminaters signature sound; 

“Swamp-rock sing-a-long that boldly embraces the band’s smirk-n-wink streakROLLING STONE

 “Don’t underestimate their rise with their signature sound lying somewhere in the fields of rock – surf, swamp, psychedelia, garage, rock n roll and more.”  – HAPPY

“There’s only six songs on the EP, but every single one is different. It’s sort of foreshadowing where the next album is heading.”
– PENCIL (Lead Singer)

‘I Used To Hate The Ruminaters, Now I Like Them’ is the first record to be released through new Sydney label The Sunball Machine. The Sunball Machine is an artist run, independent record label that was started at the beginning of 2016.