The self-titled album by Rivener, my instrumental duo with Michael Kiefer, is out and into the world. We recorded it in Mike’s basement and it’s all improvised. It’s the first time in my 20+ years of making music that something I’ve done has been pressed to vinyl. Thanks Kevin/These Are Not Records and Twin Lakes Records for believing in this music. Mike and I are proud of it. It’s the best stuff we’ve done since we started doing this project a few years ago. It’s definitely not for everybody, but if you are into abstract art of any kind, maybe you’ll enjoy it. As a musician, I think I’m mostly a mediocre drummer first, a hardworking songwriter second, and in a distant third place, a guitar player. So, to put it mildly, it’s surprising to me that people are interested in me making funny noises on this instrument I still barely know. A lot of why I’m able to coax interesting sounds from the guitar on this record has to do with playing with a great friend, improvisor, and drummer like Mike who is encouraging and fun to boogie with. Anyway, buy this record for your collection! And come see us play sometime because we really go nuts and when we hit on something interesting, since it’s improvised, I think we are expressing our true selves in a way that we probably wouldn’t or couldn’t (or shouldn’t?) otherwise. Thanks!
Two release shows coming: