Wild Rivers
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Where:Catalyst Club, 1011 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, California, United States, 95060
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The inviting harmonies of Wild Rivers provide a shimmering texture to the bands new EP, Eighty-Eight. However, dedicated fans know about the depth of Wild Rivers from the alluring melodies that take unexpected turns to the undercurrent of emotion in their tightly-crafted lyrics.Wild Rivers is composed of Khalid Yassein (vocals, guitar), Devan Glover (vocals), Ben Labenski (drums) and Andrew Oliver (guitar, bass). Over three years, the Toronto-based band has accrued more than 25 million streams on Spotify, toured consistently across the U.S. and Canada, and earned a reputation as a band that makes a powerful connection with listeners.Leading up to the EP, the band members went into a basement studio for a month to flesh out songs and ideas, make demos, and rehearse. With their creativity at its peak, the band then headed to Nashville for a week of collaborations. The teamwork there paid off with two more songs, rounding out the five-song EP.A Week Ago, a glistening pop song about the inevitable entanglement of romance and the road, opens Eighty-Eight. Propelled by Glovers vulnerable vocal and the strum of an acoustic guitar, Howlin conveys the challenges of chasing dreams, while Call It a Night follows an intimate relationship thats unraveling. The tasteful musicianship of Oliver and Labenksi underscores the drama of You Can Side and the empowering I Wont Be Back practically begs for a singalong.All the music that I truly love has really strong, purposeful melodies, Yassein says. I think its so beautiful and intriguing when everything in a piece of music works to service the singular melody, the sonic choices, arrangement, chords, and vibe come together to set the stage for the tune of the song to shine. To me its kind of an old school idea that still rings true. If the melody isnt great, theres no amount of dressing that can really take the song to that special place.That careful craftsmanship is apparent in the bands 2016 self-titled debut alb
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