Night Riots (formerly known as PK), an alternative rock band from San Luis Obispo, are a huge favorite in the underground Bay Area music scene. Last Monday, February 11th, the band announced that they would be changing their name due to copyright infringements, then released their new name two days later.
Night Riots is currently formed by Rico Rodriguez, Nick Fotinakes, Travis Hawley, Matt DePaw, and Mikel Van Kranenburg. Night Riots will be on their first tour under their new name, which includes a stop in San Francisco at the Rickshaw Stop on March 27th. Their shows have been a huge favorite among Bay Area fans for their high energy and catchy songs.
The band announced on Facebook that they would be changing their name due to copyright infringements. The sudden announcement shocked Night Riots’ fans but it was an issue that the band had been struggling with for some time. According to the band other artists have also been trying to use the same name, which made securing PK’s copyright too difficult.
Difficulty aside, Night Riots is excited about the potential new direction they will be able to take, viewing the name change as a fresh start towards a brand new sound. “We were able to choose [a name] we felt [that] represented us,” states Fotinakes. “[We] are stoked to share this with our fans.”
Night Riots are slowly announcing tour dates throughout California. Series of trailers for each show are being released on their Facebook.
Spiders (though only twenty seconds have been released) already shows that the band is developing a different, exciting style. What is heard in the video is a much more gritty feel than their past songs.