Newsflash: The Riven caught a Blackbird!

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Some records just put a smile on your face. No hesitation at all to take them on and into the pipeline, and get your fingers hacking away at the keyboard. The tune just talks to you. And this is how it should be if you feel like covering some juicy rock piece.

Well, this so happened with the début EP Blackbird from the UK-based band The Riven. Now, if you are looking for some London accent on this record, think again. Instead, the band seems – at times – to step straight out of the Bourbon-fueled swamps of Louisiana, where many musical delights are from.

The record fuzzily harkens back to psychedelic experiments other bands did in the good ol’ 70s. A hint of the early delights of Patti Smith and some down-to-earth Janis Joplin, swiftly mixed into some bluesy goodness of Deep Purple and some griping splendor of Led Zeppelin.

The punky brand of Stoner Rock The Riven brandishes around the scene sounds like some garage band just coming out in the open. And I can fully buy into their claim of – and I quote – “…alcohol-fueled songwriting ..” . Now, this may be as it will, but without their female front Totta Ekebergh and her stellar voice – reminiscent of Kami Van Halst – this band would not be where it is today.

Whenever I fire up Blackbird, I start looking for the ice bucket with these Coronas stuck into it. And for some hot chicken wings to go. Damn! And this right now when I should eat salad.

But hey, if you are up to some scratchy, bluesy rock the way it was made way back in time, this is your record. Now, go ahead, settle down and enjoy some of that.

The Riven are:
Totta Ekebergh – Vocals

Arnau Diaz – Guitar
Max Ternebring – Bass Guitar
Olof Axegärd – Drums

Meantime, here is a sample:

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Label: Self-Released  | Web: Facebook (band)
Release date: 14 April 2017

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