The Starlight Riot Story

Starlight Riot is a fiery rock and metal duo from Milwaukee WI. Mixing pop, punk, metal and indie rock, Starlight Riot blurs the lines between genres. Starlight Riot formed in 2013 - current line up is Josh Lukkes (guitars/vocals) and David Robinson (drums/vocals). Starlight Riot released their latest album, Smiling Waves, in February 2020. Other albums include 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 Alkaline Trio, Evanescence, and The Pixies, Starlight Riot combines minimalist guitar and drum rock with multiple harmonies. From the punk pop of "Well Well Well" to the prog rock influenced "Shadows," 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 2013. While each album has had a unique line up, Josh and David form the core of the group. Starting with Emotional Ammo, Starlight Riot fills the room with harmony fueled sound on Smiling Waves that ripples beyond typical alt rock. "We're like heavy metal ABBA," said Josh Lukkes.

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

Josh Lukkes (414) 788-6638