Two choir boys in Mumbai were fated to run into a drummer from Bhubaneswar. After several auditions, they found their guitarist. Riverblade then found a keyboardist (Cloyd D'mello) and the wheels were set in motion. While each of them were exploring & appreciating each other’s musical background they found a common thread; love for progressive music. In Jackson, the band found the poetic genius who could write & put together a set of songs. While the band drew inspiration heavily from Dream Theatre, there’s an evident stamp of their own style in their compositions. While it is difficult to characterize the musical genre of the band, the members will describe their sound as “Progressive Psychedelic Rock”; these are the kind of compositions which allowed Nigel to showcase his range in vocals. A trained singer in western classical music, Nigel loves to pull off those Manhattans . Leonard loves playing classic rock while idolising PROG Gods for some time now. The bands compositions have given him the opportunity to explore newer styles adding much more variety to his drumming repertoire. The band started with Dean & Cloyd on Bass & keyboards before they made way for Stanley & Suraj. Suraj brings with him a strong background in Indian classical music. His ability to break down complex time signatures only adds more value to this unit. They say all good things come in small packages and our bassist is proof of that. A multi-instrumentalist & child wonder, Stanley is often on the lookout for how each member can better the sound each time we jam. His romance with the bass, drums, guitar & keyboards only add to his credibility as a band leader
Riverblade has recently released their first single REBORN. The song has been loved by fans & musicians all over the world. When last checked the song featured in the top 10 within the Mumbai circle on ReverbNation. While fans enjoy the 1st release the band is busy putting together the video for the 1st songs & adding final touches to their 6 other compilations.
The band now features:
Nigel Shaw: Vocals,
Jackson John: Guitars and Backing vocals,
Leonard Jordan: Drums,
Stanley John: Bass and Backing vocals
& Suraj Shetty: Keyboards.
Cloyd D'mello : Keyboards
Dean : Bass