After last year’s releases Memories In My Head and Reality Dream Trilogy and successful tours related to the band’s 10th birthday, Riverside starts working on another album.
I think that it’s high time for some new sounds, says Mariusz Duda, and I really mean new. Last year’s EP didn’t explore any new musical paths, it was a sort of a link to our beginnings. We have enclosed that period with this frame. And it’s high time we went on a different path which would neither be the musical continuation of the above mentioned EP, nor even of ADHD. What will come out of this—we shall see. For now, what we compose is really open, there are a lot of great melodies, the acoustic guitar is back, and the metal riffs evolved into more rock riffs. If we don’t screw it up on the way, it’s going to be a really powerful and mature album, one of the best we’ve recorded, if not the best.
This year the band is going to focus on recording the new album which should be released at the end of 2012, or the beginnig of 2013. It means we will have to wait some more for the final effect. But we have good news for the impatient fans: all the news about the studio work will be published on a special blog at www.riversideband.pl.
The band’s last full-lenght album was Anno Domini High Definition released in 2009. The new one, whose title we should know soon, will be released around the world by Century Media/Inside Out, and by Mystic Production in Poland. The band has renewed their contracts with those labels for the next two releases.
It’s been a pretty good year. We turned 10, so we let ourselves celebrate ;)
When it comes to releases, we began our 10th anniversary with an album specially prepared for this occasion – the EP „Memories In My Head”. It’s worth mentioning that „Forgotten Land” from this minialbum promoted the game „The Witcher 2” and reached 6th position on Polish Radio 3’s Top Chart. What else? Finally, „Second Life Syndrome” and „Rapid Eye Movement” were released on vinyl, and in September the 6-disc box „Reality Dream Trilogy” hit the stores. We gathered all the long and short tracks that had something to do with the trilogy for it. And last, but not least, Mariusz definitively finished his adventure with lunatic journeys through the underworld by releasing the new Lunatic Soul album - „Impressions”, which is an instrumental supplement to the black and white diptych.
And when it comes to concerts, during our „10th Anniversary Tour” we gave several shows in Europe ( including Romania for the first time for instance). In Poland we celebrated with some foreign guests, Paatos and The Pineapple Thief, setting some new attendance records. Almost 1500 people showed up for the gig in Warsaw’s Stodola club, which left us literally open-mouthed. In the summer, except for some foreign shows, we presented our music to half a milion people at Przystanek Woodstock open-air festival. We were scared almost shitless, but maybe it wasn’t so bad since a DVD release from this gig is planned. In autumn we went back to the clubs – this time to the places where we hadn’t been much or never (We played in Portugal, among others.) We also swam in the sea. In October. So it was! :)
And now, at the very end of the year, having got back from the nearer and further journeys, we would like to thank everybody for this year. Especially our tour crew, our fans, friends and all those who came to our concerts and bought our albums. Thank you for your support and being with us all these years. We hope that you’ll stay with us another ten years or more. In January we’re starting work on our fifth album. We will inform you about it on our website, in a specially prepared section. Remember about all those end-of-year the-best-of-2011’s – we will be really pleased if you mention us in yours :)
And by the way, we’d like to wish a Merry and Peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year to everybody at the riverside of the same river or a different one! See you soon!
This Friday (11.11.11) Riverside will start the last part of a tour which sums up 10 years of the bands’ creative work and perform in Dresden. This time the band will arrive in Germany and then go to Scandinavia and Estonia. The last show summing up the tour will take place in Progresja, Warsaw on October, 26th.
The show in Progresja will be the last before a longer break when Riverside will start working on the next, fifth album. It should be ready in Autumn 2012.
Let us remind you that there are two additional publications of Riverside which entered the market in order to celebrate the anniversary. These are a minialbum “Memories In My Head” and a box “Reality Dream Trilogy”. You will surely be able to hear songs from the two albums during the November shows.
The list of concerts in the near future:
11.11 – Pushkin, Dresden, Germany
12.11 – Knust, Hamburg, Germany
13.11 - Magnet Club, Berlin, Germany
15.11 – Brewhouse, Gothenburg, Sweden
16.11 – John Dee, Oslo, Norway
17.11 - Göta Källare, Stockholm, Sweden
19.11 – Nosturi, Helsinki, Finland
20.11 – Tapper, Tallin, Estonia
26.11 – Progresja, Warsaw, Poland (support: Disperse)
On September 30th, 2011, in the Dutch city of Uden, Riverside will begin the second part of the “10th Anniversary Tour” celebrating the ten years of band’s existence. The autumn show will take place where the band couldn’t come during the first part of the tour in spring. The great finale will take place in Warsaw’s club Progresja on November 26th.
The autumn leg of “10th Anniversary Tour” is the summary of the very intensive year of the band’s work. We’d like to remind everybody that in 2011 some interesting anniversary stuff has been released: the EP “Memories In My Head” containing completely new material, including “Forgotten Land”, the song promoting the game “The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings”; “Second Life Syndrome”, “Rapid Eye Movement”, and “Anno Domini High Definition” on vinyl released by Inside Out; and the 6CD “Reality Dream Trilogy” box released on September 6th by Mystic Production, which includes all the albums of the “Reality Dream” trilogy and some additional stuff. Except the tour in May, supported by Pineapple Thief and Paatos among others, the band also played at this year’s Woodstock festival in Poland and a few prestigious festivals like Bospop in the Netherlands or Loreley in Germany. The October-November shows will be the last before the release of the band’s next album. Riverside will start working on it as soon as they come back from the tour.
The list of all the autumn “10th Anniversary Tour” shows:
Sept 30 - The Netherlands, Uden, De Pul
Oct 01 - Germany, Rüsselsheim, Das Rind
Oct 03 - Spain, Barcelona, Music Hall
Oct 05 - Spain, Madrid, La Sala Live
Oct 06 - Spain, Sevilla, Fanatic
Oct 07 - Portugal, Lisbon, Santiago Alquimista
Oct 08 - Portugal, Porto, Hard Club
Oct 11 - Spain, Peralta, Auditorio de Peralta
Oct 15 - Belgium, Verviers, Spirit of 66
Oct 19 - Poland, Rzeszów, Pod Palmą support: Disperse
Oct 20 - Poland, Częstochowa, Zero
Oct 21 - Poland, Lublin, CK "Electric Nights Festival 2011"
Oct 22 - Poland, Bielsko-Biała, Rude Boy
Oct 23 - Poland, Katowice, Mega Club support: Nemezis
Nov 11 - Germany, Dresden, Pushkin
Nov 12 - Germany, Hamburg, Knust
Nov 13 - Germany, Berlin, Magnet Club
Nov 15 - Sweden, Gothenburg, Brewhouse
Nov 16 - Norway, Oslo, John Dee
Nov 17 - Sweden, Stockholm, Göta Källare
Nov 19 - Finland, Helsinki, Nosturi
Nov 20 - Estland, Tallinn, Tapper
Nov 26 - Poland, Warsaw, Progresja support: Disperse
It has been confirmed (this time official :)) that vinyl versions of two albums:
Second Life Syndrome(2LP) and
Rapid Eye Movement(2LP), which were announced to be published in March this year, will come out at the turn of August and September 2011.
Both albums will be limited to 1000 copies in three colour versions (on black, white and transparent records).
We would like to thank all our fans who attended our concerts, in Poland and abroad, which were organized within the framework of "10th Anniversary Tour". Above all, we are grateful to our great and loyal fans, the best technical staff in the world and bands: Tides From Nebula, Paatos, and The Pineapple Thief. A nice piece of information - in three Polish cites we broke a record of attendance! Thank you for your support and coming. Maybe this year we'll come back in Autumn with a few mort concerts, which we'll inform you about in due time. For the time being, to express our thanks, we're giving you "Forgotten Land" live from Dutch Hengelo.
Let us remind you that you can already buy "Memories In My Head" during the "10th Anniversary Tour" which have already started on May 5th in Prague. The band already performed in Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria.
Find news about other concerts here.
Riverside is proud to announce a collaboration with CD Projekt RED, authors of the eagerly awaited RPG The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. The band's song "Forgotten Land" will help to promote the game which will be in stores on May 17.
"Quite a few of our songs are inspired by RPGs. In this case, I imagined an old land that used to be ruled by kings who became too proud of themselves. Bad things started happening to them and their kingdoms. Who knows, they may even have been assassinated..." says Mariusz Duda, frontman of Riverside.
A slideshow presentation is available for viewing here, and an official video clip based on materials from the game is aimed for release around end of May.
Let us remind you that "Forgotten Land" comes from the band's recent record entitled "Memories In My Head". You will be able to buy it during Riverside's 10th Anniversary Tour which is just about to start (check for details here).
You can finally listen to "Forgotten Land", a piece by Riverside from the newest publication entitled "Memories In My Head"! The record will be displayed for sale during the forthcoming concert tour celebrating the first decade of the band's career.
For their 10th birthday Riverside have prepared a special release which will be available during the forthcoming tour. The EP entitled "Memories In My Head" contains 33 minutes of fresh music. The songs have the following titles:
1. Goodbye Sweet Innocence
2. Living In The Past
3. Forgotten Land
Mariusz Duda: This new material, concerning (for obvious reasons) the themes of the passing time, will be a pleasant surprise for those who have missed the specific kind of melodies and space known from the bands early releases. We have consciously gone back to our beginnings to create a certain kind of a circle. This mini-album will contain three longer compositions most resembling those from our first two albums. The result is a quite interesting, spacious, film-soundtrackish, nostalgic, and most of all rock mixture, summing up our career's first decade quite well. "Memories In My Head" is an album which appears out of nowhere, without much promotion; we hope, though, that its content can defend itself and that it will evoke a lot of positive emotions. It does that to us, and we will prove it soon, playing those songs live at our upcoming gigs.
The concerts at which it will be possible to buy this minialbum and hear the new songs live will begin on 5th of May in Prague (CZ) and finish on 29th of May in Warsaw (PL). Tides From Nebula, a band from Poland, will support Riverside at the 12 European concerts, and the Pineapple Thief from Great Britain and Paatos from Sweden will do the same at the 6 Polish gigs.
We're very pleased to inform that the upcoming summer Riverside will play at three big festivals.
8th i 9 July the sixth Night of The Prog will take place in German Loreley, and except Riverside you'll be able to hear bands such as Eloy, IQ, Anathema or Dream Theater there. Riverside's concert is planned for the first day of the festival.
10th July (Sunday) - Riverside will play at Dutch BOSPOP, among such stars as Joe Cocker, Journey, Bush, Ringo Starr, Roxette or Black Country Communion.
The band will also perform at a festival in their fatherland. On 5th August 2011, for the first time in their career they will appear on the stage of... Woodstock Festival!
Because its Riverside's tenth birthday this year, we'd like to remindyou that soon the band sets off on a tour around Europe and Poland. European concerts will be supported by polish Tides From Nebula. The Polish concerts will be supported by Swedish Paatos and British The Pineapple Thief. The list of the shows is as follows:
5th May, Exit Chmelnice, Prague, CZ
6th May, Diesel, Budapest, HU
8th May, Kulturhaus, Bucharest, RO
9th May, Bulgaria Hall, Sofia, BG
12th May, Substage, Karlsruhe, DE
13th May, Nouveau Casino, Paris, FR
14th May, Picturedrome, Holmfirth, UK
16th May, Scala, London, UK
18th May, Trix, Antwerpen, BE
19th May, Die Kantine, Cologne, DE
20th May, Metropool, Hengelo, NL
21th May, De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, NL
24th May, Wytwórnia, Łódź, PL
25th May, Eter, Wrocław, PL
26th May, Rotunda, Kraków, PL
27th May, Eskulap, Poznań, PL
28th May, Centrum Stocznia Gdańska, Gdańsk, PL
29th May, Stodoła, Warszawa, PL