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Downham Market band When Rivers Meet announce new album and single ahead of April & May Breaker of Chains headline UK tour

Award-winning Downham blues rock duo When Rivers Meet have announced the release of their third album Aces Are High.

Husband-and-wife duo Grace Bond and Aaron Bond's work is out later this summer while their April and May UK headline Breaker of Chains tour starts on April 28. Tickets are available from www.whenriversmeet.co.uk/tour.

Regarding the forthcoming album the duo said: “As our music is progressing, we’re finding our sound even more. When we went in the studio this time, we’ve never been so sure on what we wanted to create – we had a really clear vision and have stuck to it.

When Rivers Meet
When Rivers Meet

“Before we held back on being too rocky, but this time we allowed ourselves to create what we wanted to hear, without restricting ourselves. We also allowed ourselves to express the different colours to our music with tracks like ‘Golden’ and ‘By Your Side’, so this album has more extremes.

"We still call upon our influences from all the years but remain true to ourselves to create music we love.”

The pair lay their first hand from the new record with the scorching lead single ‘Play My Game’, a groove-laden, driving blues track with rich riffs and searing vocals.

When Rivers Meet at Cambridge Rock Festival 2022. Picture: Diane Stevens
When Rivers Meet at Cambridge Rock Festival 2022. Picture: Diane Stevens

It’s a bold statement of intent with a badass video to boot, capturing a poker game gone south leading to a high-speed car chase and daring aeroplane escape. Watch the music video HERE.

Since their formation in 2019, Grace (vocals, mandolin, violin) and Aaron (vocals, guitar) have been quick to prove themselves one of the most exciting names in British blues rock.

ACES ARE HIGH – Track listing: 1. Infected, 2. Seen It All Before, 3. Play My Game, 4. Golden, 5. Aces Are High, 6. Trail To Avalon, 7. Perfect Stranger, 8. The Secret, 9. By Your Side, 10. 5 Minutes Until Midnight.

When Rivers Meet at Cambridge Rock Festival 2022. Picture: Diane Stevens
When Rivers Meet at Cambridge Rock Festival 2022. Picture: Diane Stevens

WRM will also perform on Joe Bonamassa’s Keeping The Blues Alive Mediterranean III Cruise which departs Athens on August 17. Cabins are available from www.bluesaliveatseaeurope.com. The cruise also features Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram and many more.

Blending Americana, folk, blues, and rock in a distinctly unique manner, they have been showered with many awards and accolades.

Their forthcoming album Aces Are High follows two critically acclaimed records: We Fly Free (2020), which reached No.1 in the iTunes Blues Album Chart, and Saving Grace (2021), which charted at No.2 in the UK Official Jazz & Blues Albums Chart, No.5 UK Official Album Downloads Chart, and No.6 UK Official Independent Albums Chart.

When Rivers Meet. Picture: Rob Blackham
When Rivers Meet. Picture: Rob Blackham

These were based purely on chart reporting digital sales and didn’t include physical sales.

Aces Are High finds the duo returning with a more powerful sound than ever before. Aaron’s gnarled riffs hit harder alongside his deep vocal tones, while Grace’s vocals range wider with tantalising bite as they effortlessly climb scales like her striking slide mandolin which accompanies the likes of ‘Trail To Avalon’.

The immediacy of the new record is showcased from the off with the hard-hitting opener ‘Infected’, while no punches are pulled on the kick-out-time anthem ‘5 Minutes Until Midnight’.

There are delicate moments such as the reflective acoustic song ‘Golden’ and the shimmering Americana of ‘By Your Side’.

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