Wild Rivers Announce ‘Live From Lockdown’ On November 18 Supporting Bring Change to Mind & Jack.org
October 21, 2020 BY Nettwerk
Wild Rivers will bring their soulful live show to computer screens around the globe on Wednesday, November 18th at 8pm ET for a virtual concert experience benefiting Bring Change to Mind (US) and Jack.org (Canada) – two organizations working primarily with youth to end the stigma around mental illness and make sure they have the tools they need to look after their mental health. The band recently (and safely) reunited at Toronto’s The Mod Club to film a set that includes their latest song “Pink Shades” along with songs from their acclaimed 2020 EP Songs To Break Up To and more. The evening will also include a special guest appearance from Australian singer-songwriter Didirri. Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 23 at 10:00am ET on the band’s website with proceeds benefiting Bring Change to Mind and Jack.org, as well as participating concert promoters who have taken a significant hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wild Rivers’ new song “Pink Shades” helped connect the band to these mental health organizations, as its subject matter explores watching a loved one struggle with depression. Co-lead vocalist/guitarist Khalid Yassein explains, “Throughout my life, there have been a lot of difficult conversations with loved ones where I was desperately trying to understand what they were going through. One explanation that really stuck with me over the years was that depression is like walking through life with rose-colored glasses, and when they come off, the world suddenly looked – and felt – different and unfamiliar. It’s about weathering life’s ups and downs, and (hopefully) helping someone who is struggling.”
“Pink Shades” follows the release of Wild Rivers’ latest EP, Songs To Break Up To, which sees the band transpose personal experiences into relatable anthems woven from strands of indie, pop, folk, rock, country and beyond. For its recording, they retreated to Nashville in late 2019, where they worked with producer Skylar Wilson (Rayland Baxter; Justin Townes Earle; Joshua Hedley) to expand their sonic palette by further incorporating synths, guitar effects, gang vocals, and choral harmonies.
Wild Rivers first caught attention with their 2016 self-titled debut, followed by their acclaimed 2018 EP Eighty-Eight, which has since seen the band surpass 150 million combined streams on Spotify. Having supported artists like The Paper Kites, Donavan Woods and Jake Bugg, Wild Rivers has built a dedicated live following thanks to their charismatic stage presence as evidenced by sold out headline shows across North America, including major cities like New York, Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, Toronto and more. Wild Rivers is Khalid Yassein [guitar, vocals, keys], Devan Glover [vocals, bass], Andrew Oliver [lead guitar, bass], and Julien Laferrière [drums].