After releasing their self-titled debut album and two EPs, Wild Rivers’ music is already resonating profoundly with a following that continues to grow with every release. They’ve already amassed over 200 million streams, leading to a current total of 2.3 million monthly listeners at Spotify.
Now Wild Rivers continue to build anticipation for the release of their long-awaited second album ‘Sidelines’ on February 4th by sharing the new single ‘Better When We’re Falling Apart’.
Who were your musical influences growing up?
“We were lucky that our respective parents exposed us to good music as kids. We each had Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, and James Taylor playing in the car. I think those influences are in our DNA. As we grew up, our tastes diverged as we discovered new music but we do converge on the 60’s 70’s singer songwriter world”.
Tell us about your new single Better When We’re Falling Apart….
“This is a song that came from some sessions in our living room in Echo Park. Together we rented a house in LA for a few months to write this record. This song came from a late-night jam which started from a guitar riff by Khal and Andy. We talked about all the things that are better when they’re a little worn out and beat up. We were chasing a specific feeling the whole time and didn’t question our artistic instincts. It has a personal favourite line of the record “We’re like ice cream, running down my thumb”. Sticky vibes”.
What can you tell us about your new album ’Sidelines’
“Sidelines is our sophomore album, and we spent the better parts of 2019 and 2020 working on it. It was recorded in probably 20 different locations, written all around, and took a lot of turns during the process. It definitely felt like an accomplishment when we finished it. The album deals with the theme of being present, and feeling like you don’t quite belong. The title ‘Sidelines’ made us think about watching life from the sidelines. Feeling like you’re not quite where you want to be. This idea spoke to us in many ways”.
Can you describe your music in 3 words?
“Devan. Andrew. Khalid”.
If Wild Rivers could collaborate with any other artist – who would that be?
“There are so many artists we’re a fan of. One of our favourites is a producer, Kaytranada, from Montreal. It’s wildly different than what we do so the result would be pretty cool”.
Where do you get your inspiration from when writing songs?
“Most of the time, real life. Lately a lot of songs have come from real experiences with people and we try to insert as much detail about the situation as we can, or we try to channel the feelings as it happens, rather than a specific narrative. Usually, it’s a musical idea first and then we follow our instincts and whatever comes out of our mouths when we’re writing”.
If you had to be remembered for one thing apart from your music what would you want it to be?
“Trying to be as honest and true to ourselves as possible. And trying to bring people together through music. It’s one of our favourite things to see strangers singing along and being together at our shows. It’s pretty special”.
Are you looking to come to the UK to tour anytime soon?
“Yes, May 2021, and it will be our first tour in Europe. Can’t wait”.
By Siân Parker
UK and European headline tour dates:
6th – Ireland, Dublin, Workman’s Club Cellar (JUST ADDED)
7th – Ireland, Cork, Cyprus Avenue (JUST ADDED)
9th – UK, London, Oslo (JUST ADDED)
10th – UK, Manchester, Night & Day
11th – UK, London, Oslo
14th – UK, Bristol, The Louisiana (SOLD OUT)
17th – The Netherlands, Amsterdam, Paradiso Noord (UPGRADED VENUE)
18th – Belgium, Ghent, Trefpunt
19th – Germany, Cologne, Subway
20th – Germany, Berlin, Privatclub
22nd – Germany, Hamburg, Hebebuhne
24th – Denmark, Copenhagen, Ideal Bar (Vega)
25th – Sweden, Stockholm, Obaren
26th – Norway, Oslo, Norway, Krosset