Riviera – So Young

With only their fifth single to date, newly emerging five-piece Riviera have proved they certainly deserve their plaudits. Their new single ‘So Young’ delivers the perfect modernisation of 90s Britpop and has already received praise from BBC Music Introducing.

With evident influence from artists such as The Stone Roses, The Sex Pistols and The Beatles, their music closely resembles that of Mancunian indie pop, and sees the production of polished compositions that are one step ahead of the rest.

The Derby quintet consists of vocalist Archie Orme, lead guitarist Billy Watson, rhythm guitarist Joe Woodhead, bassist Omari Simon and drummer Danny Overton; providing a new favourite for fans of Oasis, The Crooks, and The K’s.

Whilst perhaps ‘So Young’ focuses more on a catchy indie hook than previous punk-inspired tracks, Orme’s song-writing abilities never fail to impress.

A jangly Johnny Marr style guitar melody opens the track, and is soon joined by the band’s other bass, guitar, and drum trio. The instrumentation is steadily simple, but still memorable and stylish, creating the foundations for a staple toe-tapper. Orme’s vocals arrive effortlessly and have a somewhat gritty Gallagher-style to them to create an easy yet effective, and extremely catchy, listen. Arguably boasting some characteristics of the shoegaze genre, Riviera have produced a single that will make ears stand to attention and see the band go from strength to strength if they continue with future noteworthy releases.

‘So Young’ is a must listen for indie pop fans, and sees Riviera give 90s music a new lease of life. Being so young themselves, their talent is unquestionable and further recognition is surely on the cards for a band of their calibre and promise.

Words: Lauren Whitehead

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