Thursday 29 October 2015

RIVRS - The Chain

It wasn’t that many years ago when to be young and to admit to liking Fleetwood Mac was seen as deeply unfashionable, but fashion being what it is means that what was once out eventually becomes in again, and the last few years have found not only the return of the Mac themselves (albeit with a largely older audience at their shows), but a number of young bands showing clear influence from their sound as well a slew of artists covering their songs.

The latest bunch to pin their colours to the mast is electronic trio RIVRS, who you may remember from an earlier introducing piece we ran in March (here). Since that time there hasn’t been much output from Charlotte, Fin and Fred (except for a remix of Charli XCX’s arm-waving banger Famous), but as the London three piece are now confirmed as having signed to Atlantic records and have been in the studio with producer Mark Ralph (Years & Years) we can surely expect more to come in the next year.

First up from the band (who include amongst their number the son of Gary Kemp from Spandau Ballet) is a version of The Chain, which ditches the big guitar solo and instead paints the tune with modernity via a sparse, sullen, silky, synth treatment. It works surprisingly well, but then that shouldn’t be surprising – the band already show great taste by quoting the likes of The Cure, Depeche Mode, Purity Ring and The XX as inspirations.

RIVRS - The Chain

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