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By The Rivers: “By The Rivers” (Kompyla Records)

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UK release date 05.05.2013

Young, fresh faced and fresh sounding Leicester ska band with a blatant commercial approach - without “selling out.” The 11 tracks here are a promising debut, and sure to get them deserved attention.

The focus is on faultless close harmonies, tight and snappy horn- soaked arrangements, lyrics with meaning (track five “Take Control” speaks about the General Election) and apparent deliberate avoidance of high in the mix heavy bass and choppy guitar, that you’d perhaps expect from ska.

But this is not just ska. It’s a bit Bertie Bassett; it’s got all sorts going on.

Very measured, balanced deftness of production values and an even listen. It is not perfect, and for me could actually do with a bit more balls in the mix, but this is raw talent with potential to forge a long career by the sound of it. A work in progress, but most definitely ones to watch.

They do have fans in high places having toured huge arenas with The Specials in 2011, and Lynval Golding said then: “This band are the new The Specials.” They have shared the stage with Maxi Priest, John Holt, The Beat, Fun Lovin’ Criminals and The Buzzcocks and made a dent in Europe too. Their three singles so far have helped boost their credibility. This album will do them no harm either. Launched at a packed 02 Academy on their home turf, to an ecstatic crowd.

Formed by Nile Barrow and Jordan Birtles in 2010, they follow in famous footsteps. The sons of celebrated horn players John Barrow and Gary Birtles, who have played with Fun Boy Three, The Beautiful South and many more top acts on stage and on record.

They should be well proud of their offspring. It’s clearly in the genesâ€Â¦.
Words SIMON REDLEY

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