Fear flows out of Black Rivers ahead of Sheffield date

Black Rivers play The Leadmill on Monday, February 9.
Black Rivers play The Leadmill on Monday, February 9.
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Two-thirds of There Goes The Fear hitmakers Doves are back with a new band.

Twins Andy and Jez Williams. aged 44, have formed Black Rivers, after Doves – which they formed with schoolfriend Jimi Goodwin – went on hiatus in 2010.

Black Rivers play The Leadmill on Monday, February 9.

Black Rivers play The Leadmill on Monday, February 9.

Guitarist and songwriter Jez says: “We wanted to do something different. We wanted to wipe the slate clean and create something without the baggage of Doves or a big label.”

The result is a sound that is electronic and ambient, but also forceful and dynamic.

Jez says: “We call it the future of psychedelic soul. It’s liberating doing this, because we can go wherever we want to go with it, without any pressure.

“We wanted to convey that with a sound that’s fresh with energy. We didn’t want it to be too introspective either.”

A lot of the themes on the album involve water and the sea.

The guitarist says: “It’s not deliberate, but in a way connected to the ideas behind the album. If you want to escape and seek freedom the best means of doing that is the sea or water. The travelling theme may be because we are from Mancunian-Irish immigrant backgrounds, where travelling is part of our DNA.

“We’ve done pretty much everything on it. We produced it and played all the instruments to, but we have to do that, because we don’t have anyone giving us any money.”

But while hard work, this system is preferable to Black Rivers.

Jez says: “We see so many young bands get pushed and pulled by record labels. Often your material is compromised as a result of money pressures, but doing it all ourselves, we keep control.”

Black Rivers’ debut single was Voyager 1, followed by the free download The Ship. The next single, The Forest, is due out next month.

Ever since announcing their formation last summer, Black Rivers have been swamped with acclaim with huge radio airplay.

Now, the brothers are preparing for a full UK tour.

Jez says: “We are looking forward to playing live, we make it very different – it is a stripped-back affair.”

* Black Rivers play The Leadmill, Sheffield city centre, on Monday. For tickets, priced £10, visit The Leadmill.