The Starlight Riot Story

Starlight Riot is a fiery 3 piece indie band from Milwaukee WI. Infused with pop, punk and metal vibes, Starlight Riot blurs the hard lines between genres. Starlight Riot formed in 2012 - current line up includes Josh Lukkes (guitar/vocals), Brandi Liantonio (bass), and David Robinson (drums/vocals). Starlight Riot just released their latest album, Smiling Waves, in January 2019. The group released Bring Out Your Love in 2017, Emotional Ammo in 2016, and self titled Starlight Riot in 2013.

Starlight Riot integrates a variety of styles into their energetic set list. With a post punk aesthetic, the group tells stories from its blue collar roots. Pulling from such diverse influences as The Pixies, Green Day and The Beach Boys, Starlight Riot combines back-to-basics rock with multiple harmonies. From the punk pop of "Well Well Well" to the minimalist rock of "Slide," Starlight Riot is difficult to pigeon hole.


After ending a five year run with the power pop trio Big Wish, Josh and David formed Starlight Riot in 2012. After numerous line up changes during the band's first two albums, Brandi Liantonio joined the group in 2016. The trio recorded Bring Out Your Love together, and hit upon a harmony fueled sound that carried over into 2019's Smiling Waves. Smiling Waves brings out the unique character that each band member brings to the group, with Josh, Brandi and David each singing lead on four songs apiece.

If you'd like more information on Starlight Riot, feel free to contact us here, or by phone:

Josh Lukkes (414) 788-6638