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.
Guitarist / vocalist Patric Nutton talks to Rock ‘N’ Load about the journey that they have been on thus far.
About The Band:
For any of our readers who are unfamiliar with yourselves tell us a little bit about your band.
River Fury are Andrew Gallop, Callum Hayes, Dan Howe and Patric Nutton. Dan, Patric and Callum sing and play guitar, guitar and bass respectively, and Andrew is on drums and percussion. We make a din that bounces between early nineties indie and pop rock with influences from just about anywhere.
What was your earliest memory of music that peaked your interest?
I guess the Eighties was quite a mental time, I had friends who where into rock bands like Whitesnake and Europe, friends that made hip-hop tapes mixing up Doug E Fresh, LL Cool J and Run DMC, the girls tended to go for Five Star and Bobby Brown, and my friends elder brothers and sisters used to play Cure, Smiths and Siouxsie, round about the same time I got a record player and a ghetto blaster and so there was a little period of time in the mid-eighties when the world of music suddenly seemed to spill out the radio in this exploding collage of colour and excitement.
Who was the first album / single you purchased?
I bought two records from a Jumble sale, a 45 of Pass The Dutchie and a 45 of Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries!! They couldn’t have been more different!!
When did you first pick up your respective instrument / start singing?
I used to sing in a choir at a church with some school friends and there was a band there, at the end of the service I used to go up and play the guitars and not long after I started learning to play a few licks but nothing serious, I was hooked from there though
What route did you take with your music / instrument / lessons / music school / self-taught and any fond memories of that journey?
First I sang and wrote lyrics in a school band, we did covers mainly but the odd jam that ended up as a song. Then the next band was a kind of grunge band, lots of lyrics about teenage angst and pain and plenty of Hendrix-esque guitar noise.
I was listening to a lot of music in the early to mid nineties from across the generations, 50’s rock’n roll, 60’s garage, psych, folk and pop, 70’s heavy rock and punk, 80’s goth and C86 stuff, 90’s grunge and britpop. I lived in Hastings up till 94 and at that time gigging with a band called Twister, we kind of modelled ourselves on early Blur/Supergrass/Lemonheads/Nirvana, and I remember playing in the Crypt in Hastings back in the day, they had a great club down there in the cellar, and nearly every week we’d get decent bands in like Supergrass, Ash and Cornershop (we supported them there)
Who were your hero’s as a young musician that inspired and pushed you to want to be a musician too?
I think like most I really liked the energy of Kurt Cobain and Hendrix on guitar, the coolness of Thurston Moore and George Harrison, I loved harmonic vocal bands like the Beatles, CSNY, Byrds, and lyrically i really envied people like John Lennon, Ray Davies, Damon Albarn, Jarvis Cocker, Bob Dylan.
Is there one particular album or song that gave you a “Eureka” moment from your youth that made you want to be a musician?
Unashamedly the Beatles were the first band that I really knew anything about as I had a record by them given to me at a young age and as soon as I heard that I wanted to do the same thing, it was Abbey Road, I was about four, it was already about 10 years since it had come out and for some reason I thought it was their debit album and then gradually I found out about what went before and after.
My only other rock/pop record between the age of 4 and 8 was an LP called Motown Chartbusters Vol 3, in a wicked nice silver and black sleeve, and so I’d stick the records on and sing Beatles, Stevie Wonder, and Smokey Robinson, and I could hit all the notes so I figured I could sing!
What was the best gig you’ve ever attended?
Hard question, I have had subliminal experiences at three gigs, I was one of the idiots dancing on the white van during Super Furry Animals glasto set that time, I literally wept at a Flaming Lips gig at the Roundhouse a few years back, and Spiritualized played in Brighton once and I think I melted that night too.
Do you have any musical guilty pleasures?
Loads. Ride Yu Donkey by the Tennors just kills me when I hear it but I doubt a reggae nursery rhyme does that to anyone else. A-Ha….Guns and Roses…The Hollies…I’m never too embarrassed to confess.
So any new music in the works currently or just released?
We just wrote one last weekend – can’t wait to get it out, we are really looking forward to going back in the studio, some of the tracks we released this year are quite old and born before current line up, I always like the latest song….
Where and when did you record it?
Not even recorded yet!! But watch this space….
How does the song writing process generally work for you?
Either Dan or myself will come to the studio with a riff and melody, and we’ll jam it with the other guys and then sit on it a few days and expand it at home, come back with more and then eventually we’ll do the finer details, fills, screeches, oohs, breaks and squeals to get the narrative working for the whole band.
What route have you taken to build up and establish a fan base locally & beyond your local area?
We’ve struggled with that as we live in three different towns now, but we are plugging stuff online every few days, linking up with bands we like, and via the label trying to get gigs to try and sell our music and merch.
What is the music scene like locally to you and where do you fit in?
To be honest it’s a bit touch and go, London gigwise is a real minefield these days, a lot of venues we played in over the years have turned into gastropubs or been converted into flats, but on the plus in Ashford, Kent, where I live now we seem to have a growing scene of bands and venues like Ramsgate Music Hall and Elsewhere in Margate are getting good music back out to the provinces!
Do you feel there are enough venues around you to help promote and establish up and coming bands like yourself?
Not enough, but hopefully that will change,
What would you like to see ideally to help hard working bands / artists get better exposure and opportunities to make a living form their craft?
Difficult to say but it is down to local media outlets and national media outlets to really source and represent the culture to the masses. From there it’s really down to what people like to listen to and how bands can monetize it. Spotify and streaming sites are all well and good but even a million plays isn’t going to give you a salary. We need more solidarity and union between artists to ensure we are all getting a fair slice and perhaps those who enjoy the limelight more should be championing that too.
What is the best piece of advice you have received on your journey thus far?
Don’t give up your day job!! Ha-ha…
What would you say has been the biggest lesson you have learnt on your journey to date?
We should have done this years ago…..
With the music industry always constantly changing – how have you had to adapt to the ever-changing landscape?
We just do what we do and hope the landscape allows it
Does the introduction of New Technology / Digital Age / Social Media etc enhance your life as a musician or do you feel it can be more of a hindrance?
It’s quite convenient really in terms of getting stuff released, but again, difficult to really compete for a wage without being outrageous
So moving forward what’s next for you?
A few shows lined up, and also recording our new track and getting it out after the EP.
How do you see the evolution of the band / yourself as an artist?
I can’t see beyond next week to be honest, but I hope River Fury will go on making music, we love playing together
Do you have any short-term or long-term goals in mind?
I think we’d like to just keep releasing stuff over next few months, and get on some festival bills for 2019
If you could tour with any band or artists who would that be?
I wouldn’t turn down a Foo Fighters support slot…..
- Wasteful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3kFqXN0Bz4
- Comfort is Being Fooled: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pu-ZYl4hnw
More music: https://riverfury.bandcamp.com/