By The Rivers have firmly put themselves on the radar with their Pop, Soul & Reggae fusion sound with an Afrobeat twist.
The 6 piece band from Leicester, expertly avoid the constraint of one genre, whilst bringing to the table a distinctive sound wave of clean cut rhythms and hypnotic horns.
Their self-titled debut album and 2015’s highly anticipated follow-up single If They Don’t Know, have been the catalyst in the bands growing success, providing airtime on BBC Radio 1 Xtra, 6 Music and recognition from BBC Introducing. Extensive touring across the UK and Europe has allowed the band the chance to support greats names, including The Wailers, Jamie Cullum, Michael Kiwanuka, The Specials, Madness and Fun Lovin Criminals.
They are a band known for their electrifying live shows; being hailed “One of the best live acts in the UK” by BBC Introducing’s Dean Jackson. Festivals including Glastonbury, Bestival, Shambala and Boomtown have been the setting for such performances, earning them a place among Foals, Jessie Ware & others as one of the ‘Top 5 Future Rising Stars’ to be seen on Glastonbury Festival’s Pyramid Stage, as chosen by the BBC.
The spring of 2016 will witness a matured BTR sound in the form of a new 5 track EP release, which is destined to be on everyone’s Summer playlist.
“These guys are going to be huge”• Jamie Cullum.
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It’s not for nothing that Leicester’s finest cross-pollinated six-piece have been going from strength to strength since inception in 2010. Refusing to be easily categorised, instead favouring tones that transcend trends and fads, when the focus is about crafting real music that genuinely speaks to people the right ears will always prick up.
And prick up they did. From the folk at Glastonbury, who were so impressed with By The Rivers stint for BBC Introducing they invited them back for a Pyramid Stage performance in 2014, to tastemakers such as God Is In The TV, Blues & Soul and AltSounds, not withstanding major stars like Jamie Cullum; clearly Nile Barrow, Jordan Birtles, Sam Reid, Matt Willars, Will Todd and Rob Spalton are doing something right in order to garner such esteemed followers. A sign of things to come, the impending UK tour is the proverbial icing on the cake of a year that has seen them consistently reach ever-greater heights.
With members individually influenced by genres ranging from straight up British indie rock to ska, reggae, hip hop and Afrobeat, the variety and range within their work is immediately audible and difficult to countenance. Heartfelt sentiments meet floor-filling rhythms, lo-fi moments contrast intricate details, resulting in a style that’s at once unique and yet also easy to identify with. The kind of sound that makes references to other troupes close to impossible, with scenes straddled via this infectious output.
Lyrically informed by personal experiences, social, political and cultural issues, it’s one in the eye for those who believe serious words mean neglecting to hook listeners, and their feet, in. Born for the live arena, yet- as proved on 2013’s critically acclaimed debut LP- deftly skilled in the studio, jam sessions become hit records, tunes grow from humble beginnings to powerhouse proportions, and crowds quickly become sweaty, seething masses, clamouring for more. Less hyperbole, and more the genuine truth of the matter, it’s explanation as to why attendance is essential at By The Rivers’ forthcoming live shows.
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Sorry folks, but this show is cancelled unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances.