review by Glen Parkes
In the tumultuous realm of British blues rock, These Wicked Rivers have carved a niche for themselves with their unapologetically raucous sound and magnetic stage presence. The announcement of their new single, ‘Force of Nature,’ has set the stage on fire, and it’s not just the guitars that are blazing.
Following the success of their debut single, ‘Black Gold,’ which graced the airwaves on Planet Rock, ‘Force of Nature’ is a relentless surge of uplifting, triumphant blues rock. The track’s bellowing chorus becomes an instant anthem, invoking a communal sing-along atmosphere that defines These Wicked Rivers’ electrifying live performances.
Accompanying the release is a visually arresting music video where frontman John Hartwell undergoes a nightmarish transformation from fauna to flora. The video mirrors the high-octane energy that These Wicked Rivers bring to their live shows, serving as a visual flagbearer for their upcoming album, ‘Force of Nature.’
The band’s popularity is evident in the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it sell-out of their hometown show in Derby. Notably, a second show was hastily arranged for January 2024, fittingly named the ‘These Wicked Rivers Family Gathering,’ which also sold out within an astonishing five hours. This fervent fanbase is a testament to the band’s ability to connect with audiences, spreading their gospel of ‘peace, love, and lampshades’ across the UK.
Vocalist/guitarist John Hartwell sheds light on the essence of ‘Force of Nature,’ describing it as a personal pep talk, urging listeners to move forward, shed regrets, and embrace their inner force of nature. Guitarist Arran Day emphasizes the song’s live power, expressing the band’s desire for the album recordings to capture the same electrifying energy felt during their performances.
In ‘Force of Nature,’ These Wicked Rivers have not only delivered a powerful blues rock anthem but have also reinforced their status as one of the hottest acts in the British rock scene. As the single reverberates through speakers, it’s evident that These Wicked Rivers are not just a band; they are a force to be reckoned with. So, turn up the volume, let the blues rock flow, and get ready to be swept away by the irresistible current of ‘Force of Nature.’