Monday, July 02, 2018

Sing & Tell :: Riviera

The four 16-year-olds from Bishops Stortford (Herts) formed last summer, and released their debut single, 'Conveyor Belt' this May  with follow-up single - out July 5 - 'Daydream' being aired on Charlie Ashcroft's Audition show on Amazing Radio tonight (July 2).

Who are you?

I’m Max Hunt from Riviera. I play guitar and do the backing vocals within the band. Our lead singer and second guitarist is Conor Andrews, our bassist is Tom Woods, and drummer is Lewis Mandel.

Tell us something about yourself and how you came to be where you are today? 

Lewis, Tom and I all go to the same school and were playing in a band. Having decided to take this more seriously we set about looking for a front man. We had run into Conor at a couple parties and heard that he could sing and play a bit. So we created a group chat with him in it and we called it Riviera.

Give us an idea of your musical style and influences.

We are influenced by a lot of bands ranging from The Kooks to artists like Rex Orange County. I guess we’d be described as an indie pop band at the moment, but our sound is definitely developing and our newer songs have more of an alternative/indie-rock vibe about them.

Explain the production and writing process behind your songs.

When Tom or I write a song, we produce a basic set of chords, melody and lyrics, then as a band we will develop on what we created by changing the chord sequence or structure etc. For Conor, the process is different; he writes, records and produces all the parts then writes the lyrics to the song over the top.

Tell us a little about your new single.

Our new song 'Daydream' follows a very similar theme to our first song 'Conveyor Belt', but instead of dealing with the problems and feelings associated with being dumped, it follows the narrative of a guy breaking up with his girlfriend. The main point is that as we are young and naïve and we think that relationships are going to last forever, but they very rarely do.

Can we catch up with you at any forthcoming live shows?

We have coming up this summer:

17th July – The Horn, St Albans; 4th August – The Horn at The Half Moon, Bishop’s Stortford; 2nd September – Wilkestock, Hertford.

How's the rest of the year looking, plans-wise?

Apart from our gigs, we have two new songs being ready to be released: our next being 'Daydream' on the 5th July, with a third track following in September and an EP around November. 

Where can we hear more of your music?

Our music is available on Spotify, Apple music, iTunes, Amazon, YouTube.

What social media platforms can we find you on?

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