By The Rivers aren’t a band to be easily defined.

Their eponymous debut album demonstrates influences of the melodies of Soul & Motown, the grooves from Funk & Afro-Beat, and the fun from Ska and Pop, with a blazing brass section that accents, stabs, and sways its way alongside the catchy vocals and laid-back melodies.

They have pieced together a style that is instantly recognisable. By The Rivers are fun, clever, and melodic, drawing you in from the first hook.

Forming in Leicester in the Spring of 2010 by Nile Barrow and Jordan Birtles, By The Rivers have reintroduced the sounds of Reggae and Ska into their energetic, positive sound, resulting in
storming live performances. Besides supporting The Specials in 10,000 capacity venues on their tour in 2011, By The Rivers have supported the likes of Dawn Penn, Maxi Priest, John Holt, Neville Staple, The Buzzcocks, The Beat and Fun Lovin’ Criminals.

Quickly surging forward and gaining a solid fan-base of their own has seen By The Rivers touring the UK and Europe independently, with high demands across the continent. So it was only right after the successful release of 3 singles – ‘Take Control’, ‘One Word’ and ‘Don’t Say You Love Me‘ – that they should release their hotly anticipated album to fans so eager to listen!

This eponymous 11-track outing captures the progression of By The Rivers from humble Pop troubadours with accessible and catchy Reggae influences, to a fully-fledged, firmly established group independent of any particular scene but suitable for most.

And whilst many songs on the album offer light-hearted pop sensibilities with a unique and idiomatic twist – including ‘Run Home’, ‘Don't Say You Love Me' and 'This Love’ – By The Rivers have also shown that they’re not averse to deeper issues.

‘Take Control' was written in regard to the UK General Election in 2010 with a feeling that no matter who you vote for, you won’t be heard or listened to. While album-closer ‘Rocksteady’ defies being called your average ‘pop song’. With its memorable hooks, bold lyrics, and skanking choruses that are bound to make hips move, this is certainly how to end an album on a high.

This fresh, young, relevant and vibrant band are turning heads wherever they go with their catchy, melodic pop songs. Bringing back the soul of Reggae music, By The
Rivers’ debut album is set to be the new sound of Summer.


“The best live act in the UK, let alone the midlands” by Dean Jackson, BBC Introducing Radio Nottingham.

“They are the new The Specials” Lynval Golding, Guitar and vocalist of The Specials/Fun Boy Three

“These are going to be huge” Jamie Cullum, Musician and Radio 2 Presenter


Press: Jack Richardson

Booking agent: Cat Roberts

Management: Kompyla Records

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Year Title RatingReleases
2013 By The Rivers 5 1


Year Title RatingReleases
2011 One Word 5 1
2012 Don't Say You Love Me 4 1
2013 Take Control 5 1


Year Title RatingReleases
2010 EP 1 4 1
2011 EP 2 5 1

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