This picture was taken just before the last gig of the "Love, Fear and the Time Machine Tour 2015" in Stodola club in Warsaw. And this is exactly how we feel - bereft. It's been a month since Piotr passed away and we know that many of you are wondering about our future and our plans.
In our statement we wrote that we had decided to cancel all concerts confirmed for this year and that hasn't changed, Riverside won't play any gigs this year. But we are going ahead with our other plans for 2016.
Many months ago, before Piotr died, we made a plan to release one of our albums in 5.1 in the late spring/early summer of 2016 and a compilation of our instrumental tracks in the autumn of 2016. We also have individual plans and guest appearances with other musicians. Our biography has been in the making for over two years and it will be published towards the end of this year – we just didn't expect that it would contain an additional chapter and that its character would change.
We’ve always been like a family, we have stuck together and always taken care of that bond both on and off the stage. We have also said many times that we have the best fans in the whole world. Our band wouldn't exist without you, without your commitment and all the emotional links that have been created between us over the years. Your reactions and support we have received from you have surpassed our most daring expectations. We'd like to thank you for that from the bottom of our hearts.
Will Riverside survive? We'll do everything to keep it alive. For in this world full of cynicism and hypocrisy, constant instability and changes quicker than our thoughts, we'd like to create something solid and meaningful that's based on the most important values. We would like to create it with you and for you because, as it turns out, our family is much, much bigger.
It's done. Collected. Combined. Over 100 minutes of music.
MD: (...) "I had an idea to release a complementary album. An album in between. An album we had always wanted to record. It wouldn't be just new music but in our case and in such configuration it would definitely be a new quality because we hadn't released such an album before. For years, we have accumulated a lot of material, a part of which was released on bonus discs. I know that some of our listeners still haven't heard those pieces and do not realise that Riverside, basically right from the start, have been experimenting with ambient and progressive electronic music. And that's always been a part of our music DNA. (...) We decided to make a compilation of all our instrumental and ambient pieces, and release it this year as an independent album. Some of the songs would be re-mixed to make them sound better, but most of all, we'd add new compositions."
Full story here:
I wrote "Towards the Blue Horizon" in honour of one of my best friends, who died in his sleep at the age of 44 shortly after Easter Monday in 2014. I couldn't even go to his funeral because I was on tour with Riverside at that time. I wasn't there to say goodbye to him, which made it all twice as hard for me. With his death, something died inside of me too. And I guess I finally realised more than I ever had before that life is more fragile than we think, that it ends just like that, in one brief moment. Time slows down and you stop running because everything that had been important loses its meaning in that one second.
I realised that it was time to re-evaluate priorities in my life, to let go, start to breathe and enjoy life, enjoy however much of it I have left. I realised that it was time to open the cage, free myself from darkness, at least from the overwhelming amount of it, and try to find myself somewhere in the light. "Love, Fear and the Time Machine" was supposed to be like that, an album to help fight sadness, let go of fear and find fulfilment in something good. It was written as an antidote for pain and something to help you get out of bad situations, in which you feel completely lost at the beginning, but you know you have to go on, fight, persevere and, at some point, find your way again.
The darkness has returned. The sadness has returned. It looks like I'm doomed to feel sad... I have to remember what it was all about with the fighting and persevering. I have to find myself on the other side, listen to and understand that album myself, just like I wanted it to be heard and understood by others.
I had a feeling that the sixth Riverside album might be the last chapter of a story. That the future releases might have a different sound, a different character... Unofficially, I called our latest three albums "the crowd trilogy". Each subsequent title was longer by one word – four, five, six. Six words was long enough as a title and I thought that was the one to finish it off with...
Before we started a new chapter, perhaps a "new trilogy", I had an idea to release a complementary album. An album in between. An album we had always wanted to record. It wouldn't be just new music but in our case and in such configuration it would definitely be a new quality because we hadn't released such an album before.
For years, we have accumulated a lot of material, a part of which was released on bonus discs. I know that some of our listeners still haven't heard those pieces and do not realise that Riverside, basically right from the start, have been experimenting with ambient and progressive electronic music. And that's always been a part of our music DNA.
So I presented the idea to the rest of the band and the decision was unanimous.
We decided to make a compilation of all our instrumental and ambient pieces, and release it this year as an independent album. Some of the songs would be re-mixed to make them sound better, but most of all, we'd add new compositions.
At the beginning of the year, we locked ourselves in the studio and we started to compose. We even published a picture on our facebook page, in which Grudzień is holding a small keyboard as a joke. That was that recording session. We were working with smiles on our faces, genuinely excited, knowing that this time it wasn't just a bonus disc or an addition to something "bigger" but a fully fledged, independent release with that kind of music, full of space, trance, melodies and electronics. The day before I got a text message from Grudzień, "I really can't wait for this release, I have always had a dream for Riverside to release such an album."
I still don't know when I will recover. I know that this year I will spend a lot of time in the studio and there will be a lot of new music. Difficult music. First, I want to finish what we started with Riverside. I have to finish these recordings. Piotr's birthday is in a few days. He'll be 41 on March 15th. I want to pay him a visit on that day and tell him that his dream has come true, that we have finally recorded his favourite album.
Perhaps it would be easier to cover the world with a blanket, lock everything up and take a break from sounds, stop modifying them, let them fade and then drown in silence. Perhaps. But let me recall the words I keep hearing in my head. I don't remember who said them but they seem to be perfect for this occasion.
"I am afraid only of silence because that's when the heart dies."
I cannot drown in silence. That would be the worst thing to do now. It's not what I was made for, it's not my calling.
We have come back to the studio. On the first day we only talked. On day two we held our breaths and opened all the tracks. What we're doing now is like an open heart surgery. We keep thinking that Grudzień will enter the door at any moment. He'll say he's sorry he's late but he had something important to do. We're talking about him. We're talking to him. We're telling him off for not having finished all his parts and he's laughing and apologising that something got in the way.
We'll finish this album, Piotruś. I will have the burnt disc ready on your birthday. The light in your eyes and the smile on your face when we talked about it, I had not seen you like that for a long time. So please, don't hold it against me, but I've decided that we will dedicate it to you.
On behalf of the family and our own we would like to thank everyone for the support and your presence in those difficult moments. Piotr passed away unexpectedly of natural causes (sudden cardiac arrest) on Sunday morning (21st February). We have remained with emptiness and open wounds which need time to heal. For obvious reasons we have decided to cancel all concerts confirmed for this year. At the same time we would like to inform you that we are going to carry out this year releases scheduled for late spring and autumn 2016.
In our deepest pain and disbelief we would like to inform you that our dearest friend and brother Piotr Grudzinski has passed away this morning. We kindly ask you to respect the privacy of his family and friends.
Hello Everybody! This year we are starting with the new, remixed version of '
', and this is just the beginning of surprises we have prepared for you in 2016. We have planned new releases, another videoclip, but first of all - the new gigs. At the very beginning of April we are starting another tour during which we will play songs from the new album and... something old.
Stay with us for more!
While loads of live-dates are still to be added in the coming weeks, here is a list of the shows that RIVERSIDE have announced so far:
RIVERSIDE Live 2016:
01.04.2016 Olsztyn (Poland) - Nowy Andergrant
02.04.2016 Gdynia (Poland) - Atlantic
03.04.2016 Poznań (Poland) - Eskulap
05.04.2016 Wrocław (Poland) - Zaklęte Rewiry
06.04.2016 Bydgoszcz (Poland) - M.C.K.
07.04.2016 Katowice (Poland) - Mega Club
08.04.2016 Rzeszów (Poland) - Pod Palmą
09.04.2016 Lublin (Poland) - Graffiti
11.04.2016 Łódź (Poland) - Wytwórnia
12.04.2016 Białystok (Poland) - Zmiana Klimatu
07.05.2016 Gettysburg, PA (USA) - Rosfest
11.06.2016 Olomouc (Czech Republic) - BRC Open Air
28.07.2016 Alsfeld (Germany) - Burg Herzberg Festival
We are pleased to announce that in early April 2016 we start with a continuation of the Polish edition of the tour, "Love, Fear and The Time Machine". Below a list of confirmed concerts. See you there!
01.04 Olsztyn, Nowy Andergrant
02.04 Gdynia, Atlantic
03.04 Poznań, Eskulap
05.04 Wrocław, Zaklęte Rewiry
06.04 Bydgoszcz, Klub W.C.K.
07.04 Katowice, Mega Club
08.04 Rzeszów, Pod Palmą
09.04 Lublin, Graffiti
11.04 Wytwórnia, Łódź
12.04 Białystok, Zmiana Klimatu
Tickets 60 zł (presale), 70 zł on the day of the concert.
Avaliable in clubs and internet sales.
Our latest album 'Love, Fear and the Time Machine' is out now! Check out the stunning new video for the albums closing track 'Found (The Unexpected Flaw Of Searching)'. Did you listen to the whole album? Did you like it?
The vinyl edition of our new album will contain CD format and one bonus track. More preorder links soon!
"Love, Fear and the Time Machine is Riverside's sixth studio album. Arguably the band's most mature work, the album sees the band return to the melodic and atmospheric Progressive Rock stylings of its debut Out Of Myself. Double heavyweight vinyl edition (with CD) presented in a gatefold cover."
1. Lost (Why Should I Be Frightened By a Hat?) (5:51)
2. Under the Pillow (6:47)
3. #Addicted (4:52)
1. Caterpillar and the Barbed Wire (6:56)
2. Saturate Me (7:08)
3. Afloat (3:11)
1. Discard Your Fear (6:42)
2. Towards the Blue Horizon (8:09)
1. Time Travellers (6:41)
2. Found (The Unexpected Flaw of Searching) (4:03)
3. Promise (2:43)
1. Lost (Why Should I Be Frightened By a Hat?) (5:51)
2. Under the Pillow (6:47)
3. #Addicted (4:52)
4. Caterpillar and the Barbed Wire (6:56)
5. Saturate Me (7:08)
6. Afloat (3:11)
7. Discard Your Fear (6:42)
8. Towards the Blue Horizon (8:09)
9. Time Travellers (6:41)
10. Found (The Unexpected Flaw of Searching) (4:03)
“Love, Fear and the Time Machine", the band’s sixth studio longplay album will be released via Inside Out Music and Mystic Production on September 4th, 2015, feature cover artwork by longtime design-partner Travis Smith / Seempieces (Katatonia, Opeth, etc.) and contain the following track listing:
RIVERSIDE – “Love, Fear and the Time Machine”
1. Lost (Why Should I Be Frightened By a Hat?)
2. Under the Pillow
4. Caterpillar and the Barbed Wire
5. Saturate Me
7. Discard Your Fear
8. Towards the Blue Horizon
9. Time Travellers
10. Found (The Unexpected Flaw of Searching)
RIVERSIDE are additionally working on a musical bonus package entitled “Day Session”, the brighter companion of the “Night Session” presented on the band’s previous album “Shrine Of New Generation Slaves”.
RIVERSIDE’s Mariusz Duda checked in with the following comment about “Love, Fear and the Time Machine":
“On the new album I wanted to combine the 70s and the 80s. The 80s were a decade of musical growing up for me. We don't sound as retro and 70s as before, we moved forward, we sort of demolished the previous foundations and build new ones. Despite the huge dose of melancholy and nostalgia, there is a new space, the songs are arranged with more flow and at the same time they have never been so concise and to the point before. The lyrics on "Love, Fear and the Time Machine" talk about a transformation. About making an important, perhaps life changing, decision everyone has to make at some point in their lives. What happens to us when we have to make it? On the one hand we're excited by the change, we feel free, liberated, and on the other we fear the unknown, we are afraid of what might happen to us. We go back in time and we go forward in time in our heads. And all that happens when we have to decide something important. The first of the songs on the album is called 'Lost', the last one, 'Found'. If we sometimes get lost in life, it is to go through something and be found again on the other side, to be reborn as someone better and more valuable. I would like this album to be one of those that one day simply becomes your best friend.”
"Recordings are going really well. We are almost at the end. We are happy with how the new compositions are turning out. Believe it or not but this might become the RIVERSIDE album you have been waiting for."
Here is an overview of the upcoming RIVERSIDE tour dates announced so far for 2015:
RIVERSIDE summer festivals (*) and "An evening with" headline shows:
June 27 Poland, Katowice, Metal Hammer Festival - Prog Edition
July 11 Spain, Barcelona, Be Prog! My Friend festival *
July 14 Italy, Milano, Lo-Fi
July 15 Italy, Bologna, Alchemica Club
July 18 Germany, St Goarshausen, Night of the Prog festival *
July 21 Germany, Reichenbach, Bergkeller
July 23 Germany, Worpswede, Music Hall
July 24 The Netherlands, Zoetermeer, De Boerderij
July 26 United Kingdom, Maidstone, Ramblin' Manfair festival *
Aug 29 Poland, Olsztyn, Amfiteatr im. Czesława Niemena
Sept 5 Brazil, Sao Paulo, Via Marquês / Overload Music Festival *
Sept 7 Chile, Santiago, Teatro Cariola
Sept 10 Mexico, Mexico City, Lunario del Auditorio Nacional
RIVERSIDE North America tour with special guests The Sixxis:
Sep 12 - Atlanta, GA - ProgPower USA Center Stage
Sep 13 - Richmond, VA - The Canal Club
Sep 15 - Philadelphia, PA - Bull Shooters Saloon
Sep 16 - New Brunswick, NJ - NJ Proghouse at The Crossroads Theatre
Sep 18 - New York, NY - The Marlin Room
Sep 19 - Quebec City, QC - L'Imperial
Sep 20 - Montreal, QC - The Plaza Theater
Sep 22 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
Sep 23 - Detroit, MI - Token Lounge
Sep 24 - Chicago, IL - Reggies
Sep 25 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom
Sep 27 - Whittier, CA - The Center Theater
RIVERSIDE European Tour with special guests The Sixxis and Lion Shepherd:
Oct 15 Germany, Dresden, Tante Ju
Oct 16 Germany, Oberhausen, Turbinen Halle 2
Oct 17 The Netherlands, Zwolle, Hedon
Oct 18 The Netherlands, Tilburg, 013
Oct 20 UK, London, Islington Assembly Hall
Oct 21 UK, Bristol, Marble Factory
Oct 22 UK, Manchester, The Ritz
Oct 23 UK, Glasgow, O2 ABC2
Oct 24 UK, Northampton, The Roadmenders
Oct 26 UK, Southampton, The 1865
Oct 27 France, Paris, Divan Du Monde
Oct 30 Portugal, Lisbon, Paradise Garage
Oct 31 Spain, Madrid, Joy Eslava
Nov 1 Spain, Barcelona, Sala Apolo / Be Prog! The Madness Day festival
Nov 2 France, Lyon, Marche Gare
Nov 4 Switzerland, Pratteln, Z7
Nov 5 Germany, München, Strom
Nov 6 Germany, Karlsruhe, Substage
Nov 7 Germany, Berlin, C-Club
Nov 8 Poland, Krakow, Studio
Nov 10 Poland, Gdansk, B90
Nov 11 Poland, Warsaw, Stodola
More information about "Love, Fear and the Time Machine" will follow soon...