The Riverboat Gamblers

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Riverboat Gamblers
Background information
Origin Denton, Texas, USA
Genres Punk, Punk Rock, Garage Rock, Alternative rock
Years active 1997 (1997)–present
Labels Beatville, Gearhead, Volcom Entertainment
Associated acts Slowride, Chop-Sakis, High Tension Wires, Broken Gold, Ghostknife
  • Fadi El-Assad
  • Mike Wiebe
  • Ian MacDougall
  • Rob Marchant
  • Ian Walling
Past members
  • Patrick Lillard
  • Chris Adams
  • Jeremy Diaz
  • Jesse Hamilton
  • Colin Jones
  • Mark Baker
  • Mark Ryan
  • Clayton Mills
  • Shawn Prunty
  • Eric Green
  • Sam Keir

Riverboat Gamblers is a punk rock band originally from Denton, Texas now residing in Austin, Texas.


In 1997, Patrick Lillard ("Spider Stewart") (Bass) and Fadi El-Assad ("Freddy Castro") (Lead Guitar), formed The Riverboat Gamblers with Mike Wiebe ("Rookie Sensation") (vocals). Lillard's original intention was to emulate Virginia rockers The Candy Snatchers in direct contrast to the popular emo music at the time. Riverboat Gamblers got their start playing house shows throughout Denton and the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The Gamblers burst out of the Denton college scene in September 2001 on the back of their self-released 7" single "Jenna (Is A No Show)" Both 2001's self-titled release and 2003's Something to Crow About were produced by Texas punk rocker Tim Kerr (Big Boys, Lord High Fixers).

After the warm reception of Something to Crow About and a well received European tour, the band soon relocated from Denton, Texas to Austin, Texas. The band first received attention from major record labels after their energetic and rowdy showcase at the 2003 South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival in Austin, Texas, but the band ultimately signed with indie label Gearhead Records. In 2005 they were signed to Volcom Entertainment and performed on the 2005 Warped Tour. The band has toured with Joan Jett, X, Rollins Band, Social Distortion, Flogging Molly, Rancid, Rise Against, Bad Religion, Rocket From the Crypt, Nine Inch Nails, and many other notable acts and festivals across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia. They have also appeared on the soundtracks to the videogames Tony Hawk's American Wasteland ("Hey! Hey! Hey!"), Madden NFL 07 ("On Again Off Again"), Skate 2 ("Uh Oh!"), Rock Band 3 ("Don't Bury Me... I'm Still Not Dead"), FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage, ATV Offroad Fury 4 ("True Crime") and Need for Speed: Most Wanted ("Blue Ghosts"). The band's fourth and most successful album, To the Confusion of our Enemies, was released in 2006 on Volcom Entertainment followed by 2009's Underneath the Owl and another appearance on the 2010 Vans Warped Tour. The Gamblers took to the road to co-headline a nationwide U.S. tour with Dead To Me and Off With Their Heads through most of 2011 before returning to the studio to finish the 2012 album "The Wolf You Feed" , the latest studio album, which was released on May 22, 2012 again on Volcom Entertainment. The band continues to work, record, and perform based in Austin, Texas.

Band members[edit]

  • Fadi El-Assad ("Freddy Castro") - Lead Guitar
  • Mike Wiebe ("Teko Buller" or "Rookie Sensation") - vocals
  • Ian McDougall - Guitar
  • Rob Marchant - Bass
  • Ian Walling - Drums


Studio Albums

  • The Riverboat Gamblers (Beatville/Vilebeat Records) (2001)
  • Something to Crow About (Gearhead Records) (2003)
  • Backsides (Beatville/Vilebeat Records) (2004)
  • To the Confusion of Our Enemies (Volcom Entertainment/No Idea) (2006)
  • Underneath the Owl (Volcom Entertainment) (2009)
  • The Wolf You Feed (Volcom Entertainment) (2012)


  • Purplish Rain SPIN RECORDS PRESENTS Compilation "Lets Go Crazy" (2009)
  • Chemical X DVD Music Video Compilation (Geykido Comet Records)

EPs, Splits, and Singles

  • Mean Motormachine/Jenna (Is a No Show) 7" (self-released) (2001)
  • That's Entertainment! Split 7" w/ Electric Eel Shock (Gearhead Records) (2004)
  • A Tribute To The Big Boys Split 7" w/Throw Rag (Date Shake Records)
  • Riverboat Gamblers/Generators 7" (Pirates Press)
  • Keep Me From Drinking/No Fair' B-sides 7" (Volcom Entertainment)
  • "Knowledge" an Operation Ivy song covered with Radio Havanna,Jim Lindberg(ex-pennywise) & The Black Pacific on iTunes. 100% of the proceeds from the song are going to Skate-aid, which uses the sport to help kids in high conflict areas. (2011)
  • The Ol' Smash and Grab - EP (one sided 12" picture disc) (2011)
  • Smash/Grab EP (Paper + Plastic) (2011)

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