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Top 10 of 2013 – Electric River

Electric River

We are slowly heading towards the end of 2013 and I think I can speak for many of us when I say: Wow, what a year! So I’ve decided to catch up with some of MGMB’s favourite bands and ask them to sum up their year in the TOP 10 of 2013 feature. Kicking off with the mighty London/Ashford based punk rock outfit, also previously interviewed by MGMB – Electric River. The lead singer Sponge tells us about the band’s higlights of 2013.

TOP Gig You’ve Played

Beautiful Days Festival at the end of our August tour was great as so many things hanged in the balance. We’d spent a great week with The Terraces & the final show was to open up the Main Stage Sunday afternoon at Beautiful Days. We started our soundcheck & the weather was great, baring in mind we are pretty much unknown at this point down in the south west, so we wanted to get as long sound checking as possible. The noise started attracting people to the Main Stage, it was going great and the field started to get busy, but all of a sudden we had to stop & massive rain clouds started to make their way over the festival site. We thought “Bollocks it’s going to be a wash out.” Within the space of 15 minutes a massive rain shower cleared the field and we just thought “Shit”…. stage time was about 5 minutes away and spirits we’re pretty low, we had driven from Newcastle to Exeter, pretty much the length and breath of the country for the end of a great tour and we didn’t want it to end like this. I don’t know if somebody was looking down on us that day but somehow the weather turned around so quickly, we walked onto the stage in a perfect festival weather & very quickly the crowd reappeared & we played a great set to end the tour. Because of all this, it’s probably my favourite show of the year. We love the south west…

TOP Gig You’ve Seen

New Model Army – Falmouth Princess Pavilion. I have never heard such a great sound at a small venue! Having played with NMA a few times, this was my favourite show. The band were on fire although one random dick head in the crowd was trying to ruin the show but NMA pretty much sailed through & the set was a great mix of old & new material.

TOP Festival You’ve Played

Although Beautiful Days was brilliant, my favourite festival experience was definitely ‘Mighty Sounds’ in Czech Republic. It was our first European festival & to cut it short the vibe & people were amazing. We hope to play there again in 2014, we discovered some great bands & met a few too that weekend!

TOP Place You’ve Visited With The Band

Probably Prague. Beautiful city & mental nightlife. For a city it definitely has a free spirit to it.  Back home in the UK we like the south west as it feels pretty chilled & also love going up north as the people are brilliant.

TOP WTF Moment On Tour

I can name loads pretty much at the peril of our guitarist Chris. After one night in Edinburgh, he decided to replace his dick with a frankfurter sausage??? He almost got nicked in Prague for taking a piss behind some religious building & was ordered to pay an £8.25 fine??? Finally drawing a new set of eyes on his eyelids at Mighty Sounds was practically the funniest thing I’ve seen (You had to be there) but yeah what the fuck….

TOP Album / Music Discovery

I’m really liking ‘Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon’ by Murder By Death, although it did come out in 2012. I have Darren from Crazy Arm to thank for this. We played a show with them earlier this year & before they went on stage ‘I Came Around’ was played over the P.A and straight away I was hooked. I asked Darren about the song & he recommended Murder By Death.

TOP Tour Buddies

Both Colt 45 & The Terraces were great people to be around on tour. We like to have a laugh & make jokes and stuff, I think when you’re on tour as an underground band, if you can’t take the piss it just doesn’t work. To play alongside like minded people was great. The last night of the Terraces tour we invaded the stage wearing womens nighties, blowing bubbles from bubble machines & wearing a horses head mask joined in on their cover of The Clash’s ‘Complete Control’. It was great, you feel a great camaraderie & everyone just has fun, there was no bullshit on any of them tours.

TOP Fan Encounter

We met a lady in Czech that had travelled pretty far to Mighty Sounds, literally got a day ticket to see us, that was pretty cool. She couldn’t speak English but was a fan of the band. I guess that’s one of the good things to come from the internet. There were a few audience members singing our songs in a different country!! That was cool.

TOP Proud Moment

There have been a few this year, finally finishing the new album, playing some great festivals but I suppose winning a ‘Pure Rawk Award’ was a great buzz. We were up for an award which we didn’t win & had been asked to play at the awards, it was a good set & thought no more of it. We were standing at the back of the room having a chat with some people & out of nowhere Electric River came over the P.A, we had won ‘Best New Breed’ which was chosen by the organisers of the event. We didn’t even know we were up for it. That was more humbling than the original award and it was just nice to have our hard work recognised.

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New Video! Electric River – Hold Your Nerve

This is what I call a great start to a Monday!

Electric River release a first single/video for the track Hold Your Nerve from their upcoming EP In Your Name (out 22nd October).

So go on and lift your spirits up with this rocking tune! And don’t you just love the vocal?!

Also check out an interview I did with the guys a while ago here.

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Ones To Watch / Electric River Interview

We all love a band with passion, great amounts of energy and catchy tunes. And Electric River holds each one of those qualities.

The London based punk rock group delivers an uplifting sound with meaningful lyrics, that are easy and fun to sing along to. They also have a reputation of a great dynamic live act and a support from cool magazines like Big Cheese.

With their new EP In Your Name (out October 22) and a full UK tour on the way, Electric River surely is the new exciting band to watch out for.

So read on to find out about the band in the following interview and go and check out their music.

What is the story behind creation of Electric River and what are your different musical backgrounds?

The current line up of Electric River was formed way back in November 2004, by four despondent youths looking for some sort of satisfaction that wasn’t just prepackaged, academic or in a video game. Our musical backgrounds became a collision of Punk, Metal, Pop and Rock, which in turn has influenced us as a band to find our own happy medium and sound.

What do you think makes you stand out from other rock bands out there?

We sound like a band who have played and grown up together, which is something you simply can’t recreate or imitate just by studying the rudiments of music. As songwriters, we aren’t afraid to speak out and put ourselves in the minority of people, who genuinely have the bollocks to express their opinions. Ironically, these opinions are more than likely already what the majority are already thinking. That doesn’t mean however, that we’re musical activists, or just reeling off newspaper clippings in music – we’re just very real.

How was the recording of your upcoming EP ‘In Your Name’ and what can we expect from it? 

This EP was recorded in stages and was predominantly dictated by our budget, or lack of. The drums were recorded on the sly in a top London studio, before we tracked all the guitars and vocals at our own place. Finally, the sonic icing on the cake was to hand over the project to a mix engineer called James Bragg, who churned it, burned it, built it and turned it into what it is now – a clear, big sounding record with a raw backbone.

What is your usual music making process and who do you draw your influences from? 

Musically, our ideas come thick and fast, but like to build our songs from the roots of a vocal and an acoustic guitar, upwards first. We then demo it, so we can reflect on it in our own time with a more neutral set of ears and repeat the process, like a musical distillery constantly refining and defining. In the end, it normally requires a lot of teamwork, patience, paper, broken guitar strings  and sweat, before we finally settle on a song. Occasionally however, there are exceptions to the rule, for example track 1 ‘Happy’ on this EP, was written in its final version in about fifteen minutes.

You have done quite a few shows lately, with more to come. What’s the best part of these shows for you? 

We always do our best to try and reach an atmospheric euphoria, that can only happen if the vibe of the audience is right. When everybody is pitching for the same musical high as we are, it makes light work out of what we do, and we become as much a part of the audience as anyone else – captive to the emotion. Sing alongs, call and responses, and just generally letting yourself go, are parts of what makes up those moments. Its a 2 way relationship and when it works, they’re the best parts of our shows, because you can’t pre conceive them.

You are known as a very energetic live band. What are the other attractions of your live shows?

We’re fortunate to be one of those bands,that have songs catchy enough, that by the 2nd or 3rd chorus, you’re able to join in. Sometimes it takes people a while to muster up the courage to jump out of their comfort zone and join someone else’s cause, but the songs have enough meaning, and are enough of an invitation for a bit of excitement and fun.

Is there any artist or band you’d love to collaborate or tour with in the future?

The list is endless – but to name a few: The Gaslight Anthem, Billy Talent, The Enemy, The King Cannons, and (are we allowed to say?) Green Day, would all make our lives.

What is the biggest ambition for Electric River?

The older we get, the more we realise how lucky we are to still be doing this, despite being an unsigned commodity. If we could earn a good enough living to get on with our lives, solely doing what we love most – producing music and playing to lots of like minded people regularly – we’ll have reached our main objective.

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