Riveryard


Having listened to this song four or five times now I’m still struggling to decide where the influences come from. From the opening vocal part, I’m hearing Sting! This doesn’t last and once lead vocalist Simon opens up a little I’m drawn more to Alex Turner. And herein lies the problem? Are they just another band in a long line of Arctic’s copyists? Thankfully this aged reviewer is more drawn to the excellent chiming guitars, which perfectly align the clean and precise vocals. And once again I’m hearing yet another influence. Despite being Mancunian the main influence I’m picking up in the verses is John Power (Cast) in his mid-90’s pomp. Lennon’s drums are so subtle throughout the song, allowing Dom’s chiming chords to take centre stage. I’m guessing the lyrical content is from a personal perspective, almost sad. The fadeout finish is a neat touch and I look forward to hearing more from this band.

Riveryard

Commentators have likened Riveryard to U2, The Smiths and Arctic Monkeys. I, however, would place them nearer bands like The Bunnymen and (Drive Blind-era) Ride, but you the listener must decide? Riveryard is a band who have overcome many personal obstacles and now they are channelling their energies through their combined love of making music. I hope there’s more to come and that they craft a sound that is more unique to them, but the early omens are good. Having a song title so similar to your band name is a brave move, but at this early stage, it’s about being brave. Riveryard is such an unusual name though and not one to forget in a hurry.

Band Members
Lead Vocals/Bass: Simon Holdsworth
Backing Vocals/Guitar: Dom Jakubiak
Drums: Lennon Scollick

Links
https://www.facebook.com/weareriveryard
https://soundcloud.com/weareriveryard

Review Written by Ross A Ferrone.

Riveryard

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