ALBUM NOTES FOR "CAPSULE":
The Rivergods are a Connecticut band that continues to build strong audience support with their unique brand of acoustic folk music. "Capsule" is The Rivergods debut effort, with all of the tracks recorded at The Coffeehouse in Middletown, CT. The band features singer/songwriter Benjamin Parent on vocals and guitars, Nancy Brossard on vocals, pedal steel, and guitar, Amanda Just on viola, and Jim Gannotti on bass, with drummer Rahn Lawson providing percussion duties. Their music captures the influences of folk, rock, and country music blended together to create a refreshing variety of sounds. The result is nine catchy original tracks that provide the audience with music that is diverse and enjoyable to listen to.
Recorded with the "live in the studio" feel, The Rivergods insure that each aspect of their sound gets an opportunity. The band's true sound is displayed on "Ten Mile Yearning", which features the ladies' terrific pedal steel and viola rhythm. New Haven slide guitarist, Don Phee, makes a guest appearance on the energetic track "Circus Bird", a surviving track from prior Rivergods musical projects. The track arrangement is well thought, with the diverse styles and sounds keeping the listener interested throughout. From the Celtic-sounding arrangement on "Anchor's Weight" to the rockabilly "T.D.W. (Truck Driving Woman)", the Rivergods deliver a variety of emotions with an intimate English Pub-like feel.
The Rivergods sound is difficult to pinpoint, ranging from the acoustic Grateful Dead to early Eagles. The arrangements are both masterful and creative. I look forward to the opportunity to see this band live. For more information on the band, check out their website at www.therivergods.com
and keep an eye open for local live performances.
- Soundwaves Magazine - April 2000
PRAISE FOR "CAPSULE":
"Capsule is a radiant album that can stomp and shuffle, or sit back and contemplate life and love. The Rivergods cover a lot of ground, and cover it well..." - No Depression Magazine - July/August 2000
Full article here: archives.nodepression.com/2000/07/waiting-for-the-great-leap-forward/
"A startling debut record ...the Rivergods mix pop, country, bluegrass, and folk rock..." - The Norwich Bulletin
"Capsule an easy one to swallow... a solid debut from one of the region's best, and certainly most original, original bands." - The Norwich Bulletin
"The Rivergods mix folk, country, rock and bluegrass in a sound snipped from the Kudzu but brimming and boiling with New England character." -- The New London Day -
"The Rivergods sound is difficult to pinpoint, ranging from the acoustic Grateful Dead to early Eagles." -- Soundwaves Magazine
Ben Parent - vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, harmonica, Hammond B3
Nancy Parent - vocals, acoustic guitar, pedal steel guitar
Jim Gannotti - bass
Amanda Just - viola
Rahn Lawson - drums
Eric Gelfond - feedback guitar ("Circus Bird", "Paul Revere")
Don Phee - Pedal steel on "Circus Bird"
Mac Ordonio - Drums on "Circus Bird"
Charles Rothenberger - Bass on "Circus Bird"