They say what you see, isn’t necessarily always what you get.
But if you’re looking for some long-overdue new material from reggae twisting sextet: BY THE RIVERS, well, look no further…
With a knack for sunny melodies and a blue-sky attitude genre, the Leicester six-piece have picked-up praise for their ability to twist Pop, Soul & Reggae and Afrobeat into a wonderfully eclectic and vibrant sound – and their latest offering finds them in as playful mood as ever.
Opening track ‘Take It Away’ bounces along beatific brass sections, slippy Ska guitars and humming hammond organs, whilst the title-track glitters with calypso rhythms and fret dancing Afro-tinged licks. The sure-fire Summer festival scorcher ‘One Step Two Step’ is destined for euphoric mid-set mass pogoing, whereas ‘Only Love’ is a affectionate nod to roots reggae classics, made by some of its biggest devotees. Wistful closer ‘I Feel Like I Know’ sees the EP mellowly melt away on a bed of glowing harmonies and some of the band’s finest and most conscious lyrics to date. Already supported by radio reggae master – David ‘Ram Jam’ Rodigan on his 1Extra music show and Craig Charles on his BBC Radio 6 Funk & Soul show, this is one for the purists.
The new release will be accompanied by a series of 9 new shows across the UK this winter, kicking off at Brighton’s Patterns on the 18th November, before rounding off with a hometown show just before Christmas at Leicester’s O2 Academy (17th December). Full dates below.
Speaking about the upcoming tour dates, By The Rivers vocalist, Nile Barrow said:
Their live show well and truly honed on the road, it’s no surprise that the band have been hailed as “One of the best live acts in the UK” (BBC Introducing’s Dean Jackson).
Catch the band on tour, this winter at the following UK shows:
BY THE RIVERS – 2016 TOUR DATES
19/11 – BRISTOL, Exchange
24/11 – LIVERPOOL, Arts Club w/ WATP
26/11 – NORWICH, Arts Centre w/ WATP
27/11 – LONDON, Hoxton Square B&K
08/12 – SHEFFIELD, O2 Academy 2 w/ WATP
09/12 – MANCHESTER, Band On The Wall w/ WATP
11/12 – NOTTINGHAM, The Maze
17/12 – LEICESTER, O2 Academy w/ WATP
Tickets for all dates on the tour will be available via the By The Rivers website here –
‘What You See’ – the new EP, will be released on a limited 12 inch Vinyl and CD on Friday 18th November 2016 on For The People Records