Reviews Rivers Edge New Hope for the Dead

Rivers Edge

New Hope for the Dead

As a record reviewer, sometimes I find it hard to review different works by the same artists. There comes a point when I just say “this sounds like that,” which doesn’t help anyone. So as much as I’m trying to avoid that angle here, I’m going to start out by mentioning that Rivers Edge features members (and the same vocalists) from Future Virgins and Basement Benders, as well as members of ADD/C and Pine Hill Haints. It also shares an affinity for DIY production that’s a bit rough around the edges yet culminates in super-hooky melodies that hit me in the right spot.

Other than Pine Hill Haints, who I’ll admit I don’t know well enough for comparison-sake, I definitely hear shades of all the other bands on New Hope for the Dead, an 8-song tape that dropped last year. There are really three core concepts across this record: pained rage, cathartic singalongs, and those rough-around-the-edges melodies. Rivers Edge play catchy verse-chorus-verse with a penchant for getting stuck in your head. It’s angry, but it still feels personal enough that it has deeper meaning. 

Where Future Virgins aim for sky-high pleasing melodies, Rivers Edge instead is rougher and angrier. They shout as much as they sing. ADD/C used less traditional structures to build extra emotional impact, and that sum-of-the-parts songwriting is also on display here. The choruses are definitely the earworms, but the journey to get there is just as important as the climax. 

This is good stuff that any fan of basement punk singalongs should be able to get down to. I just reviewed their split with The Bananas, and that band is a good reference point, though there’s a noisier core and a lot of diverse, subtle influence that lies below the surface from the emotional pull of The Replacements to quirky hints of The Pixies.

7.5 / 10Loren
Advertisement
KFAI - Roar of the Underground
Leave a comment

7.5 / 10

7.5 / 10

Share this content
Advertisement
KFAI - Root Of All Evil
Recent reviews

Crypt Sermon

The Ruins of Fading Light

8.5 / 10 Crypt Sermon - The Ruins of Fading Light album cover

The evolution of a band is something that most of us can comprehend through their musical output and live appearances and where most bands evolve quite publicly, there are some ...

CJ Ramone

The Holy Spell

8.2 / 10 CJ Ramone - The Holy Spell album cover
200 Words Or Less

As of August 6th, it’s been 23 long, languid year’s since The Ramones played their final show. Since then, all the original members - Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee and Tommy ...

New Dialogue

Teach Me How to Feel EP

5.0 / 10 New Dialogue - Teach Me How to Feel EP album cover

New Dialogue's Facebook bio states that the Los Angeles-based quintet "speaks for the moment", and with their band name they "assume an important responsibility" -- bold claims from a band ...

x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.