By The Rivers

By The Rivers

 Leicester, England, GBR
BandPopReggae

By The Rivers write catchy, upbeat, melodic songs in a Reggae style. 3 part harmonies, strong brass riffs and addictive hooks help make the uplifting By The Rivers sound. Having only been together under 2 years, this band are creating waves across the UK. This is Roots Reggae for a New Generation!

Biography

By The Rivers, a 6 Piece Original Reggae band, formed in the Spring of 2010 by Leicester friends since birth, Nile Barrow (22) and Jordan Birtles (19). It was with a passion for the sound, culture and style of the music that they began to write songs with social comment, positive messages, as well as love songs and all things that affect the youth of today.
They write and record all the songs and arrangements themselves.

The line up sees Nile on Lead Vocals/Guitar, Jordan on Drums/Vocals, Will Todd on Saxophone, Leo May on Trumpet, Matt Willars on Bass and Sam Read on Keyboard/Guitar/Backing Vocals.
Nile and Jordan also perform as a duo with two Vocals, an Acoustic Guitar and a Melodica! Stripped down to the songs core!

May 2010 saw their first full band gig in Leicester and the response was amazing! They played and sounded like they’d been playing for years – not like the 5 rehearsals they’d actually had! Word spread around Leicester like a bush fire. This band was hot. 7 gigs in they had supported DAWN KINNARD, NEVILLE STAPLES, TOPLOADER and FUN LOVIN CRIMINALS (on 2 of their September 2010 tour dates at Norwich UEA and Cambridge The Junction) to more accolades and positive feedback. CDR copies of their 5 track EP sold-out at each gig and now every promoter in town wants them on their bill!

2011 has seen the band releasing their latest EP entitled 'EP 2', as well as supporting THE BUZZCOCKS, MAXI PRIEST, MUSICAL YOUTH, DAWN PENN, SAXON SOUND, NEVILLE STAPLE, JOHN HOLT & THE SPECIALS on their 15 Date UK Arena Tour in October.
The year has also seen the release of their Debut Single 'One Word' which reached No.21 in the iTunes Reggae Singles Charts, as well as receiving BBC Radio 6 Airplay on Lauren Laverne's & Huey Morgan's shows.
Their EP Package entitled 'EP1+EP2' reached No.2 in the iTunes Reggae Album Charts, coming 2nd to Bob Marley.
The band have also played on the BBC Introducing Stage at T IN THE PARK, having their set videoed by the BBC and gaining BBC Radio 1 Airplay.
Acoustic sessions from Nile and Jordan have also been performed on BBC Radio Nottingham's visuals show 'The Beat' and also an A64 session on SB.TV.

Lyrics

One Word

Written By: Barrow/Birtles

Chorus:
One Word, Is all he said to me,
One Word, Is all it needs,
One Word, Is all he said to me,
One Word yeah it set me free.

Verse 1:
All i needed, was someone to show me the way,
Open my eyes to see that brighter day,
And i just want to let you know,
You don't have to hide from yourself no more.

Chorus..

Verse 2:
Now the sun shines brighter than ever before,
Can't seem to shake this feeling,
Cause it's a lovely lovely lovely lovely lovely day,
Yes it's a lovely lovely lovely lovely lovely day,
Now the word has been spoken,
I'm no longer broken,
I'm open to all it seems,
Cause it's a lovely lovely lovely lovely lovely day.

Chorus..

Take Control

Written By: Barrow/Birtles

Verse 1:
Hold your own or be owned,
by the higher authority,
Let it be known that the resistance is on the increase,
Who needs Labour and Tories when we have our own mind,
Always the same old story,
Its time to let the people decide, yeah,

Chorus:
You gotta Take Control of the situation,
While we can can,
You gotta Take Control of the situation,
Now we have it in our hands,
Gotta Take Control of the situtation,
While we can,
Gotta Take Control of situation,

Verse 2:
Im the man, with the false accusation,
but a modern warfare was not my intention,
see, more crimes, more desperation will only lead to destruction,
so tell me now, (where do we look for answers?)
Where do we look for answers?,
(Where do we look for answers?),
i see, more crime, more desperation will only lead to destruction,

Chorus:
You gotta Take Control of the situation,
While we can can,
You gotta Take Control of the situation,
Now we have it in our hands,
Gotta Take Control of the situtation,
While we can,
Gotta Take Control of situation,

Verse 3:
A modern war was, not our intention,
Let us Unite yeah, Nation with Nation,
why can't you see?
Why can't you see? yeah yeah,

Chorus:
You gotta Take Control of the situation,
While we can can,
You gotta Take Control of the situation,
Now we have it in our hands,
Gotta Take Control of the situtation,
While we can,
Gotta Take Control of situation,

This Love

Written By: Barrow/Birtles

VERSE

OO BABY, TURN THE LIGHT ON
NOW EVERYTHING WE SEE, IS CLEARER, ARR
FOR YOU AND ME
OH, HOWEVER MUCH LOVE YOU GIVE
OOOH, IM HOLDING ON
OH, HOWEVER MUCH LOVE YOU GIVE
OOOH, IT KEEPS ME STRONG.

CHORUS

THIS LOVE
TAKING CONTROL OF ME
THIS LOVE
WONT LET GO
THIS LOVE
TAKING CONTROL OF ME
THIS LOVE.

VERSE

OPEN THE PAGE AND WE'LL MEET IN THE MIDDLE
IF ONLY THINGS WERE SO SIMPLE, OOH
RIP IT UP, AND THROW IT AWAY, YEAH
BUT WHEN THE PIECES ARE PUT BACK TOGETHER
IT'S THE SAME AS EVER
OH, HOWEVER MUCH LOVE YOU GIVE
OOOH, IM HOLDING ON
OH, HOWEVER MUCH LOVE YOU GIVE
OOOH, IT KEEPS ME STRONG.

CHORUS

THIS LOVE
TAKING CONTROL OF ME
THIS LOVE
WON'T LET GO
THIS LOVE
TAKING CONTROL OF ME
THIS LOVE.

VERSE

OH, HOWEVER MUCH LOVE YOU GIVE
OOOH, IM HOLDING ON
OH, HOWEVER MUCH LOVE YOU GIVE
OOOH, IT KEEPS ME STRONG.

CHORUS

THIS LOVE
TAKING CONTROL OF ME
THIS LOVE
WON'T LET GO
THIS LOVE
TAKING CONTROL OF ME
THIS LOVE
OOH WOAH OOH
THIS LOVE
(THIS LOVE, THIS LOVE)
TAKING CONTROL OF ME
(TAKING CONTROL)
THIS LOVE
WON'T LET GO
(WON'T LET GO)
THIS LOVE
(THIS LOVE, THIS LOVE)
TAKING CONTROL OF ME
(TAKING CONTROL)
THIS LOVE
(OH NA NA OOOH).

Discography

EP 1 - Released 12th August 2010

EP 2- Released 18th February 2011

One Word (Single) - Released 10th August 2011