RIVER­SIDE

VENUE ISLINGTON AS­SEM­BLY HALL, LON­DON DATE 22/05/2017

Prog - - Intro - JO KEN­DALL

On De­cem­ber 30, 2016, a mes­sage posted on the river­side website said: “Dear Friends, 2016 has not been a good year, we’ve been through a lot to­gether but in spite of all, we have man­aged to put cer­tain plans into prac­tice and pave the way for new ex­pe­ri­ences. All this wouldn’t have hap­pened if it wasn’t for your con­tin­u­ous sup­port, for which we are very grate­ful. Thank you! next year, river­side will play live again.”

For those un­fa­mil­iar with events, on Fe­bru­ary 21, 2016, founder mem­ber and gui­tarist Piotr grudzi´nski died un­ex­pect­edly at the age of 40, from heart fail­ure. it was barely six months since the re­lease of the band’s sixth al­bum, Love, Fear And The Time Ma­chine, one that had gen­er­ated the most in­ter­est to date out­side of their fan base in Poland.

Deeply af­fected by the loss of their brother and band­mate, the band elected to stay to­gether as a trio and re­lease eye of The sound­scape – an al­bum of older, at­mo­spheric tracks, along­side four new ones – while they fig­ured out what lay ahead. in Fe­bru­ary, the trio of Mar­iusz Duda, Piotr Kozier­adzki and Michał Ła­paj played two shows with spe­cial guests at War­saw mu­sic hall Pro­gresja. A pic­ture was posted on­line af­ter­wards, along with the words: “Thank you for the two amaz­ing, cathar­tic, un­for­get­table, oneof-a-kind evenings. We are mov­ing on.”

so here we join them on the UK leg of a new tour. There’s no sup­port, just two hours of river­side in front of a packed house. Friend and guest gui­tarist Ma­ciej Meller plays gor­geous lead on ma­te­rial that cov­ers ev­ery stage of the group’s his­tory, up to an un­plugged break for Lost, where front­man and bassist Duda takes the spot­light, an acous­tic gui­tar and a seat, re­veal­ing how nice it is to have a sit down, be­fore de­liv­er­ing one of many poignant songs.

it’s a great rock show: con­fi­dent, pow­er­ful but also hu­man. Duda talks elo­quently of grudzi´nski, but is also a charm­ing host with crys­tal folk soul vo­cals and ter­rific bass skills, which are es­pe­cially ev­i­dent on the elab­o­rate im­prov of The Depth of self-Delu­sion.

They start and end with the sweet Coda, Duda en­cour­ag­ing us, “the fam­ily”, to par­tic­i­pate as he adds some fi­nal lyrics: ‘We are mov­ing on… we are mov­ing on.’ Heart­break­ing and heart­felt stuff.

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