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The Rivergods / Press

““Together since 1997 and as American as music comes, the Rivergods are a genre-defying collection of the ethereal, the gritty, the raw and the real.” ”

Tim Malcolm - Norwich Bulletin

“ “…One of the best songs the band has written to date (on Signs) is “Shallow End.” “Shallow End” fades in somewhat lazily and almost sneaks up on you. It’s the kind of summation of life wisdom you’d get when you find yourself suddenly sober after a night of trying, unsuccessfully, to drink away a bad day, week, or year. Keep your friends close, say what you mean to say while there’s still time, everything is temporary. Just a little something to think about before the fadeout.””

“(The Rivergods) are generally regarded as an Americana band, but their roots are in rhythmic, well-crafted pop music of all sorts. The title track, “Signs,” is a perfect example of this eclecticism: country, gospel, pop and funky backbeats mix seamlessly. Ben and Nancy Parent write the band’s material, and most of the songs feature their close harmonies — Ben’s rough-edged tone, reminiscent of The Waterboys’ Mike Scott, and Nancy’s silky, Joan Baez-like sound fit together hand in glove. …Ben’s lyrics tend to question and prod; the unexamined life is not for him. Signs is The Rivergods’ first full-length release of new material since 2003’s Time Has Come. They were good then, and they’re even better now.”

““Signs” is a new CD – a labor of love from the Rivergods, one of the area’s finest and best-loved bands. Recorded by world-class engineer Eddie Shea at his Underground studio in Ledyard, and featuring 10 tracks spearheaded by founding ‘gods Ben and Nancy Parent, “Signs” hits the high points of the band’s alt-country legacy and yet moves forward in fresh directions.”

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