Riveryard are an indie trio from Manchester whose gorgeous debut single Backyard features chiming, atmospheric guitar lines and plaintive baritone vocals steeped in the great music tradition of their hometown.
Simon, Dom and Lennon met on the local band scene, determined to make ambitious and authentic six string music that would change musical vocabulary just like their heroes Jim Morrison, Johnny Marr, Noel Gallagher and Alex Turner had done in previous decades.
For someone so young, the three musicians come with surprisingly heavy baggage. Guitarist Dom moved to the UK from Poland aged 9. Not speaking any English he withdrew into art and poetry, which got him severely bullied. In high school, having broken his hand in multiple places, he was told he’d never play the guitar. Lennon’s early aspirations as a classical musician were scuppered by his family’s inability to pay the rental fee for his chosen musical instrument, the tenor horn, but he found musical solace by learning Teenage Kicks on his dad’s bass guitar before moving behind the drum kit. Classical music 0 – Punk rock 1. Singer and bassist Simon went through a tough time as a teenager following a battle with cancer. Worried about its possible return and inspired by a fine music teacher, he decided not to waste his life doing anything other than what he loved: music.
“Everyone goes through moments because of the way they are, the way they look or speak or what people tell them to be, but you don’t have to be the same or do the same as anyone else. It applies to the band. We make music that’s more than an accessory to a fashion scene.
”Riveryard’s voracious appetite for life is apparent at their live shows which have earned them a fiercely loyal following in the North West, drawing comparisons to Catfish And The Bottlemen, U2 and The Smiths from local promoters.
Riveryard – Backyard