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Wild Rivers Bringing Their Genre-Fluid Sound to Old Rock House February 4

Wild Rivers – Photo by Samuel Kojo




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Indie trio Wild Rivers will bring their acclaimed live show to Old Rock House on February 4. After selling out dates in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville and more on their fall 2021 tour, the band is back on the road to support upcoming album Sidelines, out February 4 (Nettwerk).

On Saturday, February 4 they will stop at the Old Rock House in St. Louis. Fans can get tickets HERE.

Wild Rivers’ genre fluidity and warm, nostalgic sound has resonated deeply with fans across the world, garnering the band over 200 million streams, 2.1 million monthly listeners and 100k+ followers on Spotify. On Sidelines, the band has upped the ante, crafting a masterclass in sophisticated pop music. Co-produced by Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Sharon van Etten) and Wild Rivers, the new album eloquently captures the post-college mid-20s experience with a biting sense of emotional maturity.

Late last year, the band put out “Neon Stars”, a sparse, plaintive ballad about the ephemerality of young love and the pain of nostalgia, co-written with noted Nashville songwriter Caitlyn Smith. The Boot featured it as one of their Weekly Picks, saying that “the band regrets misspent youths and squandered dreams in the sweetest way imaginable.” Listen HERE. “Weatherman”, an airy and upbeat song about the uncertainty of life, exists on the opposite end of the spectrum sonically. Listen and watch the video HERE. In the middle, there’s “Better When We’re Falling Apart”, a poignant ode to the toxic relationship; listen HERE. The serene groove of this track perfectly epitomizes Wild Rivers’ special knack for blending characteristics of classic ’70s singer-songwriters with modern-day pop techniques.

Since the band’s debut in 2016, they’ve steadily amassed a zealous fanbase that turns out in droves to see their deeply reflective yet painfully relatable love stories in a live setting, full-heartedly belting out every word with the band. On their winter 2022 tour, Wild Rivers is once again teaming up with REVERB on their Music Climate Revolution initiative to create a carbon positive tour, reduce its environmental footprint and eliminate greenhouse gas pollution on the road.

Wild Rivers is Khalid Yassein [guitar, vocals, keys], Devan Glover [vocals] and Andrew Oliver [lead guitar, synths].

Wild Rivers – Photo by Samuel Kojo

Their anticipated full-length album, Sidelines—co-produced by Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Sharon van Etten) and Wild Rivers and recorded in Connecticut, Los Angeles and Khalid and Devan’s college town of Kingston, Ontario (where the two originally met and began making music together)—touches on coming-of-age themes and embracing the unknown.

Sonically, Wild Rivers pull from a spectrum of sounds, imbuing pop, rock, indie, and folk into each song’s blueprint. “We all listen to a wide range of music, from hip-hop to indie rock to pop,” Devan says.  “We like to pull our favorite parts of every genre and patch them together and see what works and see what feels good.”

As they embark on the next chapter of their journey, Wild Rivers, who first caught audiences’ attention with their 2016 self-titled debut, followed by two EPs (2018’s Eighty-Eight and 2020’s Songs To Break Up To), are especially eager to take Sidelines on the road. The live setting is where they originally cultivated a dedicated following and opening for celebrated acts like The Paper Kites, Donovan Woods and Jake Bugg. Building an authentic relationship with fans, while channeling classic singer-songwriters like James Taylor and Fleetwood Mac, has been vital to Wild Rivers’ connection with audiences across the globe.

Corey Harper will be the special guest for this leg of the tour.

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