WILD RIVERS Announce New EP 'Songs To Break Up To' Out May 1
Wild Rivers have announced their anticipated new EP, Songs To Break Up To, will be released on May 1st. The folk pop foursome celebrates this news by sharing new song "Kinda Feels Alright," and announcing that their "Where We Left Off Tour" has expanded internationally, with additional U.S. dates added in June, plus shows in the UK and Europe starting in September. The tour launches just prior to the EP's release, on April 29th in Boston at The Sinclair (all dates are below). Tickets for the May shows are on-sale now ($1 of every ticket sold on this run will be donated to Voices of Our City Choir, the San Diego-based non-profit organization created in response to the current housing crisis); the rest of the tour will go on-sale this Friday, February 28th at www.wildriversmusic.com.
On Songs To Break Up To, Wild Rivers transpose personal experiences into relatable anthems woven from strands of folk, indie, rock, pop, country, and beyond. For its recording, they retreated to Nashville in late 2019, where they worked with producer Skylar Wilson (Rayland Baxter; Justin Townes Earle; Joshua Hedley) to expand their sonic palette by further incorporating synths, guitar effects, gang vocals, and choral harmonies. The theme of the EP was inspired by co-lead vocalist/guitarist Khalid Yassein facing the dissolution of a long-term relationship in 2018.
The band previously shared the wistful and soulful track "Thinking 'Bout Love," offering both sides of a break-up - the practical thinker vs the hopeless romantic - amidst a heartfelt vocal volley between Khalid and lead vocalist/bassist Devan Glover.
Khalid explains, "When we began writing, the songs that spoke to us all were centered around the breakup. We decided to lean into the theme and make the EP an exploration of the topic, what the different sides of a breakup are, and what the feelings are. These include the good and the bad, the acceptance and the sadness, and the new freedom. We wanted to write a collection of songs covering the spectrum of what you feel going through the end of a relationship."
Rounded out by guitarist/bassist Andrew Oliver and drummer Julien Laferrière, Wild Rivers first caught attention with their 2016 self-titled debut, followed by their acclaimed 2018 EP Eighty-Eight, which received praise from the likes of Rolling Stone Country, Earmilk and No Depression, and saw the band surpass 100 million combined streams on Spotify alone. Having supported artists like The Paper Kites, Donovan Woods, Jake Bugg and Alvvays, Wild Rivers has built a dedicated live following thanks to their charismatic stage presence as evidenced by sold out headline shows across North America, including major cities like New York, Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, Toronto and more.
With exquisite harmonies, gorgeous melodies and emotionally charged, tightly crafted lyrics, the Toronto-based band deliver their unique blend of folk-pop songs that are at once inviting and infectious. Their sound is an amalgamation of their various influences, from contemporaries like The Lumineers, Bahamas and Kacey Musgraves to the iconic storytellers of the 70s, like James Taylor, Neil Young and Fleetwood Mac.
Stay tuned for more news from Wild Rivers.
Listen to "Kinda Feels Alright" below.
Wild Rivers "Where We Left Off" World Tour:
Fri, Apr 24 Orillia, ON @ Roots North Music Festival
Sat, Apr 25 Waterloo, ON @ Maxwell's
Wed, Apr 29 Boston, MA @ Sinclair*
Fri, May 1 New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge*
Sat, May 2 Washington, DC @ Union Stage*
Mon, May 4 Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theater*
Tue, May 5 Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5*
Wed, May 6 Nashville, TN @ High Watt*
Fri, May 8 Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme*
Sat, May 9 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall*
Sun, May 10 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry*
Mon, May 11 Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge*
Wed, May 13 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater^
Thur, May 14 Salt Lake City, UT @ State Room^
Sat, May 16 Seattle, WA @ Barboza^ (sold out)
Sun, May 17 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir^
Mon, May 18 San Francisco @ Café Du Nord^
Wed, May 20 Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge^
Thur, May 21 San Diego, CA @ Voodoo @ House of Blues^
Sun, May 31 Bethel, NY @ Mountain Jam
Sat, June 6 Phoenix, AZ @ Last Exit Live
Mon, June 8 Austin, TX @ Stubb's Indoors
Tue, June 9 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall Upstairs
Thur, June 11 Plano, TX @ Legacy Hall
Fri, June 12 Springdale, AR @ Fairlane Station
Sun, June 14 Memphis, TN @ Levitt Pavillion
Sat, June 20 Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
Sun, Sept 20 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord
Tue, Sept 22 Cologne, DE @ Blue Shell
Wed, Sept 23 Brussels, BE @ La Machine
Fri, Sept 25 Berlin, DE @ Musik & Frieden
Sun, Sept 27 Copenhagen, DK @ Ideal Bar (Vega)
Mon, Sept 28 Oslo, NO @ Krøsset
Tue, Sept 29 Stockholm, SE @ Bar Brooklyn
Thur, Oct 1 Manchester, UK @ Night & Day
Fri, Oct 2 London, UK @ The Camden Assembly
Sat, Oct 3 Bristol, UK @ The Louisiana
Photo Credit: Stefan Kohli