More than excited to exclusively premier London quartet River Fury‘s track ‘Comfort Is Being Fooled‘ from the upcoming ‘Five Year Plan‘ EP (November 2nd, Painted Halo Records). Forget the ‘punkier’ previous single ‘Wasteful‘, since on this one the band sounds definitely more poppy, with a catchy as hell sound and an anthemic chorus equivalent to the great Queens Of The Stone Age.
River Fury are not afraid to risk, and we are more than confident that their “90’s grunge-80’s indie-melodic post rock-anthemic pop rock” hybrid will keep us hooked on them for years… Hopefully!
Their latest single Wasteful was hailed by Clash as “a stellar offering, the concise guitar riffs matched to a punk energy and some deft songwriting moments”. Now London quartet River Fury are set to unleash their latest offering, Comfort Is Being Fooled, another track from the forthcoming EP Five Year Plan, on 2 November on Painted Halo Records. Vocalist and guitarist Dan Howe offers an insight into the meaning of the track: “It’s about being in a loveless relationship, but rather than going through the pain of a separation, you continue to lie to yourselves and to through the motions to keep up appearances. In case the mother of my children is reading this; it is not autobiographical!”
The song showcases a different sound for the group compared to previous single Wasteful. The apparent contrast is not lost on the band’s Patric Nutton, who comments “Wasteful is a punky sort of number and Comfort is more poppy I guess, but I think they both sound like us, we sort of float between several sonic markers but they aren’t too dissimilar. We aren’t out and out rock like Foos, and we aren’t an out-and-out indie band like Kooks, and we are too poppy to go full Sonic Youth. A lot of bands fit one genre and that works for them, but I think we never feel we have to do that. When I listen to the White Album, it’s all Beatles so maybe we are a bit like that. We experiment”.
River Fury are Dan Howe and Patric Nutton (both on vocals and guitar), joined by the formidable rhythm talents of Callum Hayes (Chaser/Sweetheart of the Rodeo) on bass and vocals, and Andrew Gallop (Fortnight in Florida/Orlando Seal and the Swell) on drums and percussion. Hailing from Melbourne and various part of the UK, River Fury formed from London’s open mic circuit. Sonically sitting somewhere between early 90’s grunge, 80’s indie and melodic post-rock, their breed of anthemic pop rock features elements of math and psych, and is played with both volume and vitality.
Forthcoming EP Five Year Plan was recorded at London’s Hermitage Studios. It features production from Ed Ripley (Goat Girl). Patric explains that the concept behind the title “revolves around a person who can’t seem to get with the idea of settling down with a plan for his life, and instead rues it.” Commenting on the overall sound of the EP, Patric says “We wanted to make a fairly big sounding rock record, one that didn’t shy or mince its riffs or words. When we wanted to make it loud we made it loud and when we wanted it a bit more subtle and soothing we did that. Some of my other musical exploits are a bit more rough and ready and lo-fi but we didn’t feel the need for holding back from layering harmonies or conversely being discordant”.
Walking In The Sand
Comfort Is Being Fooled
Five Year Plan
Regulars on London’s DIY circuit, River Fury’s live shows are blistering and contagious. Their next port of call will be London’s The Finsbury on 3rd November, which will serve as the official launch show for Comfort is Being Fooled. Further tour dates and announcements to come very soon.
Patric Nutton – Vocals & guitars
Dan Howe – Vocals & guitars
Callum Hayes – Bass & Vocals
Andy Gallop – Drums
3rd November – London, The Finsbury
12th January – Ramsgate, Ramsgate Music Hall