Up River are a melodic hardcore band from Brighton. They have a cracking little scene going on down there right now and we were lucky enough to hear of them when we did cause they're sure to blow up when the new EP drops in the future.
"It opens with the crashing riffs of Old Friends, showcasing a mix of raw passionate screams and hardcore punk, akin to bands such as Touche Amore. Around halfway, the song moves to a more epic and melodic style, a unique touch that makes you sit up and take notice. The Last Light continues their brutal assault of emotive, punk infused hardcore, and similarly to the opening track it resorts to a melodic middle section, building beautifully to heavy mosh pit-moving riffs.
The third track, A Worthless Cause, with its fast punky opening, leans more to the Comeback Kid style of hardcore. The guitars are toned down to showcase the brutal honest lyrics that fans can shout along to, fist in the air. Along with the melodic tones running through the song, it makes it more than just your average dose of hardcore punk. The last song of the demo, features gang vocals that build for a raw and brutal impact, and the demo comes crashing to a close with the passionately screamed refrain, 'Rough Ground'.
When listening to this offering from Up River, you would be forgiven for forgetting it is only a demo. Their music is filled with passion and promise, and once they tighten up even further as musicians (which will inevitably happen anyway!), a full album from them couldn't come soon enough."
- Hevy Petal (www.hevypetal.com