Faith & Patience - they are the virtues that have seen Electric River through years of highs and lows, from busking in the streets of Kent and playing toilet venues around the country through to playing to thousands on the main stage at this year's Beautiful Days festival. Rewind to a year ago though and it was then that, after meeting their new manager who encouraged Electric River to write the songs they wanted to play and that came from their heart, that the songs of 'The Faith & Patience' took shape. From the soaring opening track 'Calling Out' through to the closing masterpiece that is Watersong - with their new album, Electric River show maturity, soul and honesty few their age possess. The Faith & Patience was produced by Peter Miles (The King Blues, We Are The Ocean) and mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Frank Arkwright (Arcade Fire, Frank Turner).
Kent rockers knock their debut out of the park... As the air-raid siren and echo riff of Calling Out crash into sinewy, soul-punk crunchers like Chorus Of Fire and Keep The Engine Burning, you smell definite promise, and while front-loaded debuts are common, Electric River never run out of juice. Belter follows belter, from the urgent, doomed Hold Your Nerve to The Fixer, with its peach of a chorus and eloquent Blair-bating lyric. Electric River's key influences - Pearl Jam, The Clash, Bruce Springsteen - suggest a band desperate to mean something beyond throwaway drive-time ear-fodder. One album out of the blocks, they're well on course - 8/10 --Henry Yates, Classic Rock, June 2014