These Wicked Rivers / Dingwalls Delight Of Blues-Infused Modern Rock

Camden’s Dingwalls in London is a great grassroots venue for watching excellent blues rock bands. Last Thursday was a shining example as These Wicked Rivers rolled into town, supporting The Answer.

These Wicked Rivers

Dingwalls, Camden – 20 June 2024

Words And Photography: Manuela Langotsch

These Wicked Rivers - Dingwalls, Camden - 20 June 2024
These Wicked Rivers – Dingwalls, Camden – 20 June 2024. Photo: Manuela Langotsch/MetalTalk

Established in 2014, These Wicked Rivers are Derby’s entry to the new wave of rock ‘n’ roll that is sweeping across the UK. Drawing influence from the well of rock legends and blues greats, the band have made quite an impact since their inception with their unique brand of blues-infused modern rock.

The follow-up to the critically acclaimed debut album Eden (2020), Force Of Nature not only met expectations but also exceeded them. 

These Wicked Rivers - Dingwalls, Camden - 20 June 2024
These Wicked Rivers – Dingwalls, Camden – 20 June 2024. Photo: Manuela Langotsch/MetalTalk

With a reputation for soulful-bordering-on-spiritual live performances, timeless songcraft and lampshades, the band promised to crank things up a notch at their anticipated shows.

The audience (some never experienced them live) was treated to new material as well as fan-favourites such as Don’t Pray For Me and Testify. The latter perfectly encapsulates their ability to blend soulful lyrics and powerful rock instrumentation. 

These Wicked Rivers - Dingwalls, Camden - 20 June 2024
These Wicked Rivers – Dingwalls, Camden – 20 June 2024. Photo: Manuela Langotsch/MetalTalk

Lead vocalist John Hartwell’s gritty yet melodic voice immediately drew the crowd in, while guitarist Arran Day’s intricate solos added a layer of depth to the performance. Each song was met with enthusiastic applause, and it was clear the band has thrilled loyal and also new fans.

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These Wicked Rivers - Dingwalls, Camden - 20 June 2024
These Wicked Rivers – Dingwalls, Camden – 20 June 2024. Photo: Manuela Langotsch/MetalTalk

Their ability to connect with the audience, combined with their musical prowess, made for an unforgettable night. For those who appreciate rock with a bluesy edge, catching These Wicked Rivers live is a must.

These Wicked Rivers - Dingwalls, Camden - 20 June 2024
These Wicked Rivers – Dingwalls, Camden – 20 June 2024. Photo: Manuela Langotsch/MetalTalk

They are a band on the rise, and it’s exciting to see where their journey will take them next.

Their performance was a testament to their growing influence in the rock scene. They are definitely a band to watch. If you have the chance to see them live, don’t miss it.

You will not be disappointed.

These Wicked Rivers - Dingwalls, Camden - 20 June 2024
These Wicked Rivers – Dingwalls, Camden – 20 June 2024. Photo: Manuela Langotsch/MetalTalk

Set List – These Wicked Rivers

  1. Force Of Nature
  2. Shine On
  3. Black Gold
  4. Evergreen
  5. When The War Is Won
  6. Testify
  7. The Family
  8. Don’t Pray For Me
These Wicked Rivers - Dingwalls, Camden - 20 June 2024
These Wicked Rivers – Dingwalls, Camden – 20 June 2024. Photo: Manuela Langotsch/MetalTalk
These Wicked Rivers - Dingwalls, Camden - 20 June 2024
These Wicked Rivers – Dingwalls, Camden – 20 June 2024. Photo: Manuela Langotsch/MetalTalk
These Wicked Rivers - Dingwalls, Camden - 20 June 2024
These Wicked Rivers – Dingwalls, Camden – 20 June 2024. Photo: Manuela Langotsch/MetalTalk

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