By The Rivers aren’t a band to be easily defined. Their eponymous debut album demonstrates influences of the melodies of Soul & Motown, the grooves from Funk & Afro-Beat, and the fun from Ska and Pop. A blazing brass section, which accents, stabs, and sways its way alongside the catchy vocals and laid-back melodies.
They have pieced together a style that is instantly recognisable. By The Rivers are a fun, clever, and melodic band that will draw you in from the first hook. Forming in Leicester in the Spring of 2010 by Nile Barrow and Jordan Birtles, By The Rivers have reintroduced the sounds of Reggae and Ska into their energetic, positive sound, and storming live performances. Besides supporting The Specials in 10,000 capacity venues on their tour in 2011, By The Rivers have supported the likes of Dawn Penn, Maxi Priest, John Holt, Neville Staple, The Buzzcocks, The Beat and Fun Lovin’ Criminals.
Quickly surging forward and gaining a solid fan-base of their own, however, has allowed By The Rivers to begin touring the UK and Europe independently, with high demands across the continent. So it was only right after the successful release of 3 singles – ‘Take Control’, ‘One Word’ and ‘Don’t Say You Love Me‘ – that they should release their hotly anticipated album to fans so eager to hear.
This eponymous 11-track outing captures the progression of By The Rivers from humble Pop troubadours with accessible and catchy Reggae influences, to a fully-fledged, firmly established group independent of any particular scene but suitable for most.
This fresh, young, relevant, and vibrant band are turning heads wherever they go with their catchy, melodic pop songs. Bringing back the soul of Reggae music, By The Rivers’ debut album is set to be the new sound of Summer.
“The best live act in the UK, let alone the midlands” by Dean Jackson, BBC Introducing Radio Nottingham.
“They are the new The Specials” Lynval Golding, Guitar and vocalist of The Specials/Fun Boy Three
“They are exquisite examples of modern, yet timeless; intelligent yet simple; accomplished, yet catchy British reggae music” by Guitar Strung Revolution