"Every night, we set out to wake the spirits of the past, create music for the future andremind people of the power of rock &roll music" states River.
After decidingto leave college, singer-songwriter River Lynch got to work on his career as a...
"Every night, we set out to wake the spirits of the past, create music for the future and remind people of the power of rock & roll music" states River.
After deciding to leave college, singer-songwriter River Lynch got to work on his career as a solo act. Playing shows in and around upstate New York for roughly 3 years. "Songwriting is sacred thing to me" states River, "You must be blessed with the ability to write and disciplined enough to see it through". After years of performing solo, River decided it was finally time to go electric. In 2015, he joined together with some local Rochesterian friends that shared the same energetic love for Rock & Roll.
Introducing...River Lynch and The Spiritmakers. Tim Leverett, drums, and Schuyler Skuse, bass, brought the rhythm section that would drive River's original songs to their explosive potential. The name Spiritmaker comes from River's song of the same name..."Rise off the fumes, that roll off of me and get you higher". Rock & roll captures the very essence of what the human spirit is all about. The band have a vintage quality to their sound, without being simply a reproduction of the past. A unique mix of the rock & roll vibes of Tom Petty, with a modern edge comparable at times, to bands like The Shelters and Alabama Shakes. Wonderfully rich, bluesy, hook filled rock & roll.
Following the release of River Lynch's first official EP, There Goes The Heart (2016), the band have been winning over audiences in their hometown of Rochester NY as well as in NYC, PA and Canada. River's original song "All This Time" was named "Best Song Of The Month" by SongwriterUniverse.com (Oct. 2016). River Lynch and The Spiritmakers have had the pleasure to open for multiple national touring acts including Rusted Root, Legendary Shack Shakers and Jesse Dayton.
In early fall of 2017, the band released new music with their single "Straight Through". Buffalo music blog, Buffablog.com, described "Straight Through" as "a call to arms to fellow rock revivalists ready to reassert the primacy of rock music". Their newest single, "Outside The Sun" was released in June 2018.
"Rock & Roll music became a large part of my identity at a very young age" River states. "The radio volume went up, the school grades went down. I feel that new Rock & Roll does not currently receive the attention it deserves. We aim to remind those that forgot and introduce those that have not yet experienced, just how powerful this music can be. So I grab my guitar, rally the band and we head for the stage".
ALBUM REVIEW: "There Goes the Heart" by Here's another short and sweet blast of Rochester rock 'n' roll. I'm simply getting bombarded by EPs, like this soundtrack to an evening with your arms around your sweet one. On "There Goes The...
River Lynch and the Spiritmakers – “Don’t You Both by River Lynch and the Spiritmakers could be a lot of different genres, but we’re going to call them Americana. They have the ability to rock, for sure, but there’s also a driving momentum to their...
ALBUM REVIEW: "There Goes the Heart" by Here's another short and sweet blast of Rochester rock 'n' roll. I'm simply getting bombarded by EPs, like this soundtrack to an evening with your arms around your sweet one.
On "There Goes The Heart," River Lynch balances lyrical weight with instrumental dexterity and flight. The music, with or without the words, paints its audience and its needs vividly. That's right, Lynch is singing to you. There are myriad influences rearing their heads in the mix, like The Drive-By Truckers, The Bottle Rockets, and The Beat Farmers — bands who all sling the honky-tonk unapologetically.
Lynch and his band harness the urge to horse it into the boat with a thick, juicy, and appropriate guitar attack, and leaves room for the songs to do what they do. This record is rockin' with heart and soul and just the right amount of grease
River Lynch and the Spiritmakers – “Don’t You Both by River Lynch and the Spiritmakers could be a lot of different genres, but we’re going to call them Americana. They have the ability to rock, for sure, but there’s also a driving momentum to their style that seems like it would be comfortable on the streets of New Orleans. In other words, the sound transcends what we think of as a typical rock outfit. The message of the song is spiteful and angry, which works really well with the aggression found in the guitars, drums, and vocal.
River Lynch and The Spiritmakers Drop New Video “S by Rochester rock and roll upstarts River Lynch and The Spiritmakers have teased us with a video for their latest single “Straight Through” that is pure, organ soaked, riff heavy goodness. These guys are clearly on a mission, and this song and rock-band-in-studio-recording video definitely qualify as a call to arms to fellow rock revivalists ready to reassert the primacy of rock music, for good or ill, in the crowded modern marketplace. With more new music on the way, it will be most interesting to hear what they’ve got to back all of this up.
RESONANT REVERB FOR THE REVIVALISTS. by River Lynch and The Spiritmakers have dropped their brand-new track ‘Straight Through’ complete with a stunningly visual video that’s a serendipitous dream for all of my fellow rock revivalists. Their combination of Rock n’ roll, blues, and folk rock is insatiably delectable combined with the charisma of one of the most charming front men that’s graced the rock genre.
Originating from Rochester, New York; Lynch has his work cut out for himself contending with a drift of musicians that are all as heavy as the snow fall. Fans all across NY who have had the pleasure to witness this enigmatic foursome live, all know that they transcend the typical Rochester noise.
The band exude the same style of The Black Keys, Black Rebel Motorcyle Club & The Jim Jones Review, but with so much soul and modern energy behind their music the comparison hardly seems fair. Their debut track is packed full of resonant reverb from the effortless talent of lyricist, vocalist and guitarist River Lynch. There’s not many guitarists that are blessed with the ability to create the jingle of Johnny Marr, the guitar solo is everything you’d expect from a band that exudes vibrantly vintage nostalgic sound.
From start to finish the track is a true audiophiles delight. Undoubtedly by far my favourite element of this track was the lyrical diversity from Lynch as he transgressed from graunching gravelly vocals to hitting the resonant highs, whilst drenching you in gloriously riff heavy ensembles combined with piercing drum rolls and a uniquely delectable organ infused sound.