River Fury “Wasteful”

The straight forward gritty guitars and vocals with driving drums and bass rhythms create an epic pace for this song.  First thing that catches the ear is the drums are extra busy and aggressive when the song really picks up around fifty seconds in.  The sounds are comparable to U.S.A. bands like FIDLAR or The Orwells.  The sound and cover art also is reminiscent of a major Kurt Cobain inspiration the Meat Puppets.  The guitar solo outro that starts around 2:10 is epic because it also sounds like an organ with the kinds of effect pedals being run on it.  Definitely a pump up song “Wasteful” by River Fury.

“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. Dan from Melbourne, Australia and Pat from Hastings, England, met playing the open mic circuit around London in 2010. Over the years, they have played with various incarnations before settling on the current rhythm section.

Together they derive a set that is sonically somewhere between early 90’s grunge, 80’s indie, melodic post-rock, River Fury easily slip pop rock anthems smashed together with math and psych elements off their fingers and out of their throats with volume and vitality.


For fans of The Wonder Years, Delta Sleep and Cloud Nothings, with nods to myriad other rock luminaries (reviews of their first three self-released tracks have already been compared variously to The Cure/Siouxsie/Joy Division/Queens of the Stone Age/Foos/Tame Impala). They describe their sound as pounding rhythms layered over with intermingling guitar lines, occasional squalls of feedback, and soaring harmonious vocals.

Before finally signing with Canterbury-based label Painted Halo in 2018, River Fury have self-released a slew of singles which has attracted much interest from the press and BBC Introducing. They have recently finished working on their first EP, entitled 5 Year Plan, slated for release in November. Locked away for consecutive summers both in Giant Wafer Studios in Wales (w/ Margo Broom – Fat White Family/Phobophobes/Calva Louise), and Hermitage Works Studios in London (w/ Ed Ripley – Goat Girl, Milk Disco) River Fury have been carefully crafting the songs for their upcoming release and tour. “

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Musician releasing music under self created record label

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