Band of the Week.
The River 68S
2011, Glasgow, Scotland. The country’s newest and hottest rock band The River 68’s are rehearsing in their studio- come- lodgings in a disused office high above the centre of the river city, a mere Mick Jagger’s stage strut away from what was once the location of the city’s renowned live venue, the Glasgow Apollo
2011, Glasgow, Scotland. The country’s newest and hottest rock band The River 68’s are rehearsing in their studio- come- lodgings in a disused office high above the centre of the river city, a mere Mick Jagger’s stage strut away from what was once the location of the city’s renowned live venue, the Glasgow Apollo.“
Although we weren’t actually born when the Apollo closed in 1985, we can look out the window at the cinema that stands there now, and dream about the legendary performances by those who once tread the boards there” says Gerry Loughrey, one half of the band’s rhythm section.Brothers Craig and Christian McCabe grew up on the outskirts of Glasgow during the nineties, where they made friends with Gerry Loughrey at school.
A similar taste in music brought the aspiring musicians together back then, and having all worked their way through several different bands, names, and line ups, it has brought them back together now as The River 68’s.With a classic rock attitude and a contemporary delivery,
The River 68’s are quick to tip their collective hats to music by the likes of Led Zeppelin, The Black Crowes, and Foo Fighters. However, special reverence is reserved for the albums ‘Beggars Banquet’ by The Rolling Stones and The Beatles White Album, both of which saw the light of day in 1968.
Relentless local gigging has turned the band into a formidable live force with one of those shows taking place at the revered King Tut’s in Glasgow where the band opened for Stone Gods, featuring guitarist Dan Hawkins (also of The Darkness). Dan was so impressed by the young foursome that he offered to produce their debut album on the spot.Guitarist Christian McCabe picks up the story “Dan had caught our sound check and made a point of watching our full set. Talking to us after the show, he was so enthusiastic about recording us, that we knew straight away we’d work together on it. He even plays lead and acoustic guitar in our song Change as its his favourite song of ours”.Several sessions at the alluring residential recording studio Leeders Farm ensued, where Dan and engineer Nick Brine (Oasis, Springsteen) set about getting the band’s sound onto tape.
The sessions produced some magical moments for everyone concerned, but especially for singer Craig McCabe who got to use the actual microphone used by renowned AC/DC front man Bon Scott to record Highway To Hell.“That was surreal” says front man Craig “having heard Highway To Hell so many times, I could actually visualise Bon bellowing it into the mic as I stood in front of it over 30 years later”
.The band have been making all the right noises and recently opened for the hugely successful Rock Radio 4th Birthday Bash, holding their own alongside bands such as Union and Reef, as well as performing as headliners at King Tut’s Revolutions festival where they made such an fantastic impression the band have been invited back for a special showcase in July. Festival appearances so far this year include Go North, RockNess, T in the Park, Wickerman and Belladrum.
The bands first single ‘Just The Way (That You Do It)’ is out now with the album slated for an early release next year, which already has the hallmarks of a timeless melodic rock album that’ll be treasured for generations. Watch this space.