Release Date: Nov 26, 2015
Record label: Ignition Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Sometimes albums surprise you. It can happen when an album is hyped beyond belief and then underwhelms, or worse. Sometimes it can happen the other way too, when a debut record from a relatively unknown band comes along and hits you squarely between the eyes. Thankfully, my experience with the first record from Black Rivers veers closer to the latter than the former.
Review Summary: A curiously imaginative take on mainstream indie-pop.Although I’m not sure exactly when it happened (it might have been sometime around the mid-2000s), indie-pop bands just started sprouting out of every little hole in the ground. Sharing this glazed over, streamlined likeness, they all began vying to become the best faux-hipster, coffee shop hero around. I’d try to disguise it with a cough or something, but everyone knows who I’m talking about…Mumford and Sons, Of Monsters and Men, come claim your prizes.
Listening to Black Rivers debut reminds one of a line from The Walker Brothers,“Breaking up is so very hard to do”. Andy and Jez Williams spent over two decades with lifelong friend Jimi Goodwin in Doves and Sub Sub, before embarking on a hiatus in 2010. Whether they will all ever record together again is unclear, but it certainly wasn’t an acrimonious parting, rather a desire on both sides to try something new.