And there were three... again

Friday, 23 September 2016

And there were three... again

Dear Friends,

We'd like to thank you again for your friendship and support throughout this most tragic time for us and we'd like to officially announce that we have made a decision about our future.

We have decided that we are not going to do a casting for a new guitarist. Thus we have ceased to be a quartet and have become a trio. In this line-up we will prepare our new studio album. Both in the recording studio and on tour - if we get back to touring - we will be playing with session guitarists, who are our friends, whom we know and like. But the line-up of Riverside will be as shown in the picture.

Yes, we do realise that this is not going to be the same band. We know that for many of you the story of Riverside ends here, this year, and that "Eye of the Soundscape" might be the last Riverside album you'll buy. We know that some of you can't imagine this band without the characteristic guitar of Piotr Grudziński and for you Riverside has ceased to exist. But our story is not over yet; with a flaw, with a scar, with a wealth of new experiences, we have decided to go on.

We know stories of many bands that have survived and have been successful, in spite of all. And we want to be the living proof that giving up is not an option and that we can be an inspiration for others, too. For as long as we can, we'll continue to do our best to create and meet with you wherever the emotions are running high. Grudzień will still be with us. We are definitely not going to forget him. He's a part of our lives. But in order for the memory of him to survive, we have to continue. And we want to. So we're embarking on another journey and we are thankful to everyone who will join us.

Our plans for the nearest future?
Next year we're going to start working on a new album. Marked by the circumstances, it will probably be a return to heavier and more intense sound. But before that, in February 2017, on the anniversary of Piotr's death, we'd like to play our first gig. A very special gig which will be an exceptional event. We'd like to play it with guests, with friends, for Piotr, for us. And for you. We'd like our music to be the hero of that day, we'd like to let it speak for itself. We'll give you more details about it in the coming weeks.

The river will never be the same again but it doesn't mean it has to stop flowing.

Best regards,

Mariusz Duda, Piotr Kozieradzki, Michał Łapaj

(photo: Oskar Szramka)

Comments (37)

  • Ananth


    17 October 2016 at 16:37 | #

    I am elated that you guys are continuing your sonic journey. Riverside stands for grace, bliss and space. Thank you heartfully for making incredibly soulful music and giving us fans, ecstatic moments in life. We will be waiting to see you guys the next time you are in New York. Cheers!!

  • Alex


    13 October 2016 at 17:20 | #

    I wish you my best for this new journey, Nothing will be the same as you said but I'm sure that it will be as better as before. Differente but huge. Gretaings from Barcelona. Expecting your new work :)

  • Arjan


    08 October 2016 at 20:10 | #

    With greatest respect...looking forward!

  • Luna Noon

    Luna Noon

    06 October 2016 at 13:56 | #

    Your music causes hurrican in my heart!
    I am an faithful fan since 2008 and I think that you have made the right decision to go on as an trio. Shout out your rage against unchangeable fate in your music - as loud and heavy as you can. I will be with you.

  • Christian Tucker

    Christian Tucker

    04 October 2016 at 02:10 | #

    I had the pleasure of seeing you all for the very first time at Progpower USA in 2015. I was blown away by all of you, With respect to Piotr, that emotion and feeling was definately noticable and the band as a whole one could tell was put together with perfect pieces. When I heard the news of the passing, I thought to myself, as a new fan, how could this band really go on. I just saw perfection. By reading this article, I see now how you all can go on. Yes the sum of the parts was HUGE and Immense. But the Love for Music and each other is even BIGGER. Bravo for carrying on. I am sure that with emotions running all over and the willingness of you all to share in those emotions, us fans are in for an amazing future. Much love from the USA.

  • Ger


    03 October 2016 at 16:05 | #

    That''s great news !! Because of the musical development I heard the last years, i''m not afraight you guys won''t do as great as before. Ok different, that''ll be clear. Piotr will be missed, but there will be an new era... And i'm looking forward to it !

  • Martin St-Onge

    Martin St-Onge

    03 October 2016 at 05:41 | #

    Great to hear that you'll be back !!!! You're a great band and you,ve got plenty of talent!!! Can't wait to hear and buy the next Riverside's album !!! Take care guys !!! A fan of Québec city !!!

  • Marlie en Peter

    Marlie en Peter

    01 October 2016 at 17:09 | #

    Hello , we're glad to tead that you will continue you fantastic band, with making more dan fantastic music.We know piotr can never be replaced, he was unique, one of a kind. But we also know that you will do great,by playing in his honnor.
    It's a relief to know you're going to pick up, and let nothing stand in the way of making all your fans(including us) and Piotr happy where ever he may be, but most of all you have found the strenght to let nothing hold you back.
    I hope so that (and i know it's a painfull way) you may have the fun and energy back what made us fall in love with Riverside.
    Piotr will live on in our harts.
    Hope we seen eachother in the coming year, and we'll have a toast on you gyu's and the live and works oof Piot(ask Rob wich beer in Limburg is the best)
    Love Marlie and Peter

    • Jorge Carrillo

      Jorge Carrillo

      02 October 2016 at 19:22 | #

      Very happy to know that Riverside goes on and on, even if it's a trio, I just hope you come to Argentina and get to see and listen to you live. You'll always have my support!!!
      This excellent prog band MUST NOT leave it's journey!!

  • daniel


    01 October 2016 at 01:38 | #

    sigan adelante aveces lo mejor del ser humano sale de situaciones como estas

  • 44 and 2

    44 and 2

    29 September 2016 at 05:26 | #

    Close friends leaving us prematurely seems to be an unfortunate symptom of the disease of aging. I found you only five years ago. Thank you for not also leaving prematurely. Love from America.

  • Nuno


    28 September 2016 at 12:16 | #

    Hy guys.Thanks for your decision.Like you guys, we the real fans abre still here and waiting anxious for the new chapter in your life.Thanks again for the great music you have delivered.Hope that is a lot more coming.

  • cole


    27 September 2016 at 23:12 | #

    Sorry it took 45 + years to find you...
    but i have and happier for it....

    • cole


      27 September 2016 at 23:16 | #

      Thank You.....
      The Evoloution of the Brain never lets your inner Genius flutter away...
      again , THANK YOU

  • Jim Miller

    Jim Miller

    27 September 2016 at 18:30 | #

    Riverside does not end here. Music, like life, is a journey. Some days you find a mountain, others a valley. You win, you lose, you suffer, you feel joy. Riverside's music is a journey through emotion, and now you will have to take that journey with someone missing.

    I congratulate you on not wanting to plug the hole too fast. The three of you have a chance now to reflect on your loss, and what Riverside means moving forward. At the end of that process, in time, you can always decide to expand.

  • Frank P

    Frank P

    27 September 2016 at 00:02 | #

    I really like the idea of the partnership with friends that play guitar (well) - any chance you guys are budding with Steve Wilson or John Wesley? :-) Wouldn't hat be beyond cool for all of us!

  • Justin


    26 September 2016 at 18:27 | #

    What a relief! Thanks for having the courage and resolve to carry on. I look forward to future releases and shows.

  • Paweł


    26 September 2016 at 06:55 | #

    The show must go on! Poznaliśmy się chwilowo w Los Angeles. Cieszymy się - ja i moja żona, Justynka, że nadal będziecie tworzyć. Może do zobaczenia w Polsce lub tutaj - w Kaliforni.
    Pozdrawiamy. Paweł i Justynka. ?????

  • Juan


    25 September 2016 at 20:13 | #

    I am happy to hear you have decided to go on. GOOD JOB,. I will continue being one of your unconditional fans and continue buying your records

  • Error404


    24 September 2016 at 08:55 | #

    Interesting idea... looking forward to see how will you realize it !

  • Zaimar


    23 September 2016 at 23:56 | #

    Riverside, you are my one true love. You still have so much to offer although a big part you is missing. Looking forward to your music always.

  • Paolo


    23 September 2016 at 23:45 | #

    Months passes by and i thought you were searching for a new guitarist ; reading your words I try to understand your decision . But at the end this is your decision and I remain a fan of your music. I hope your choice will be the best for you . I salute you and wait for your new music.

  • Kirill


    23 September 2016 at 20:06 | #

    Hi, guys.
    In my opinion this is the best solution! I fully support it
    and I am sincerely glad that the "river flow" does not stop! The whole Russia will be watching your news and support You. Good luck and weight in the sound

    • Alexander


      29 September 2016 at 19:34 | #

      The River passes through the Ural, through every city, through all souls. Quartet was great, but trio will be not worse, I sure. You make right decision. Mariusz, Piotr and Michał - I'll see you!

  • Graham


    23 September 2016 at 19:58 | #

    From greatvsadness,great news follows.Will look forward to the next year and next chapter in a great bands history.
    (Piotr would also be glad to hear this news)

  • Ebbo


    23 September 2016 at 19:41 | #

    I'm also happy to hear it and, somehow, didn't expect otherwise!
    You'll find find your audiences with a new sound, and I will still be down there watching and enjoying your playing!
    I also wish you success and am eagerly awaiting any next concert!

  • stefkeb


    23 September 2016 at 18:46 | #

    As a recent fan, I am now discovering your music. From metal to sweet and soft. From heavy to subtle. It's all there. And I am glad for it. Loosing someone so close will definitely put a burden on your creative process but it may also bring creativity, depth, maturity and contemplation. I'm looking forward to what comes next. For the music, for the emotions and also to celebrate what once was ... But looking into new music, different and evolving, maturing, scarred but hopefully not broken. Take care from a fresh fan, who just bought your studio catalog and still discovering the depth of what you already shared with us.

  • Gregory Grayson

    Gregory Grayson

    23 September 2016 at 18:28 | #

    Gentlemen, I struggle to find the right words to put down here, as there's just too many enormous emotions flying around the entire situation. I've been a fan for years now, and to this day I still find myself astounded by the depth of your music. Were it possible to wear out digital files from repeated playing, mine would have disintegrated long ago. From Mariusz' unmatched vocals and lyrics, to Michał's sounds-of-the-universe atmospherics, to Kozieradzki's deft touch and unbelievable precision, and yes, to the voice of an otherworldly creature that spoke through Grudzień's guitar, it all still resonates as strongly as the day it was given birth. That being said, I have no plans of leaving you behind. Your music has always been about change, even, and especially, when it is forced upon us. Like all of us fans, I am ecstatic you've found a place to continue creating, and know that no matter what distance separates us in the world, we are all connected by the sounds you've gifted to enrich our lives.

    Carry on, we're with you.


  • Chris


    23 September 2016 at 18:12 | #

    Great news! Can't wait to see you guys again in the Netherlands! Wishing you all the best!

  • @prDalek


    23 September 2016 at 16:38 | #

    I'm listening we will see where you go from here. I have all your albums and all Lunatic Soul as well so I am sure it will be worth hearing.
    Blessings so glad you didn't EXTERMINATE the band.

  • Brian


    23 September 2016 at 15:32 | #

    BEST NEWS EVER!!!!!!!! So happy about this!!! Sometimes as fans we let our selfishness get the best of us and we take for granted that you the artist are human as well. This decision I'm sure was not the easiest but your generosity through hardship to continue, we are all wealthy for this. The three of you are first class top to bottom and you deserve all the success that comes your way. Thank you again for your beautiful music. R.I.P Piotr

  • Travikus


    23 September 2016 at 13:12 | #

    I wouldn't be ready for any other option. I'm looking forward to giving a try to your following album. Either way, you will stay forever in my life as those who left a mark on my personality, who were with me for more than a decade, walked me through hard times. I cried, I smiled, I greened, I dreamed listening to the sounds of Riverside. I will be always grateful for it. Just know this.

  • roberto huélamo

    roberto huélamo

    23 September 2016 at 13:06 | #

    You all are a trully great inspiration. Not only for supporters that are muscians, but for people that love that extremaly rare virtue that is play music of this quality.
    From the remote Spain (not in the distance) we implore you not to give up this 'Time Travel'
    Best of the best, regards....

  • Mike Piazza

    Mike Piazza

    23 September 2016 at 12:47 | #

    I truly look forward to all things Riverside to come.
    Piotr will be missed and never forgotten ! I am confident that Riverside will continue to raise the bar with beautifully crafted songs and moving melodies...... Thank you for deciding to move forward ! I will always be your biggest fan in New York City ! Cheers ! Mikey P

  • Richard Smigel

    Richard Smigel

    23 September 2016 at 11:04 | #

    Although piotr 's immense talents will be missed i applaud your decision to go on ...great bands have survived the loss of a key member to great success (Genesis...Yes ...etc.)...out of loss and sadness often comes great beauty and power ...I will remain a fan and eagerly await your next release

  • Joe


    23 September 2016 at 10:15 | #

    This is great news guys! I understand the pain and difficulties of replacing a family member but the fact that you will carry on and make music makes me smile and look forward to hearing what you come up with! I have been a fan for 10 years now and will miss Piotr's playing but knowing you will continue to celebrate what you created together makes it a little easier. (At least for us fans.) Wishing you absolute success and may you all find happiness!

    • Marc Charron

      Marc Charron

      01 October 2016 at 03:33 | #

      I just recently found Riverside and love you guys. I am very happy to hear you guys are continuing on and have no doubt you will champion this new era. Piotr will be missed dearly. Thank you guys for all the inspirational and thought provoking music you have done thus far.