Nations by the River

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Nations by the River
Origin Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Alternative Country/Folk
Years active 2003–2004
Labels EMI/Virgin
Associated acts Sleepy Jackson
Old Man River
Past members Luke Steele, Edo Kahn, Nadav Kahn, Ohad Rein

Nations by the River was a side project by Luke Steele (Sleepy Jackson) Ohad Rein (Old Man River) and the Kahn Brothers (Gelbison)[1] that occurred in 2003 to 2004. Nations by the River only created a single album, Holes in the Valley, before the members went back to their main bands.


Nations By The River formed during the Gelbison/The Sleepy Jackson tour of early 2003, when Luke Steele (Sleepy Jackson) and Edo Kahn (Gelbison) started jamming and writing songs in a car park after misplacing their van's keys.[2] Dove Kahn soon joined in and Nations By The River was established as a side project for the three.[3] Ohad Rein (Old Man River) and Edo Kahn co-wrote the song "Lovers", and shortly after Ohad joined the group.[3]

The album was recorded in three days[4] as a stripped-back and live experience with engineer/co-producer Scott Horscroft (Sun, The Husbands).[5] In the studio, Nations were joined by friends and local musicians, including Sarah Blasko and Hamish Stuart.[6] The album, Holes in the Valley, was released 7 June 2004 on EMI/Virgin, and distributed overseas on Astralwerks. In July 2005 the album was also released in the United States on the Astralwerks label.[7]


  • Edo Kahn — vocals, guitar
  • Luke Steele — vocals, guitar
  • Ohad Rein — vocals, guitar
  • Nadav Kahn — guitar, keys, percussion



Track listing[edit]

  1. "I Don't Want You" - 1:19
  2. "Boy" - 3:37
  3. "Heart Attack Romance" - 2:16
  4. "Cracking Up" - 2:28
  5. "Kids World" - 2:16
  6. "These Are the Times" - 3:15
  7. "Lovers" - 2:30
  8. "Would It Be Nice" - 4:11
  9. "Farewell Sunshine" - 1:29
  10. "Heroin" - 4:00
  11. "The Prettiest Girl" - 2:01
  12. "We Dance Everyday" - 4:18


  1. ^ The Sydney Morning Herald, 28 May 2004, MUSIC NEWS by Alex Tibbitts, Tim Colman
  2. ^ The Newcastle Herald, 14 June 2004, "Lot To Be Said For Parking" by Michael Gadd & Amy Edwards
  3. ^ a b "Nations By The River". Music Australia. 8 June 2004. Retrieved 31 July 2009. 
  4. ^ The Courier Mail, 12 June 2004, Holes in the Valley 3/5 stars review by Guy Mosel
  5. ^ Nimmervoll, Ed. "The Sleepy Jackson". HowlSpace – The Living History of Our Music (Ed Nimmervoll). Archived from the original on 27 July 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Adams, Adrienne. "Nations by the River". Shift City Guide. Retrieved 2009-05-14. 
  7. ^ "Holes in the Valley - Nations by the River". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-05-24. 
  8. ^ Sunday Telegraph, 4 July 2004, Holes in the Valley 3/5 stars review by Peter Holmes
  9. ^ Sunday Telegraph Magazine, 18 July 2004, Holes in the Valley review by Annika Priest
  10. ^ The Australian, 10 July 2004, Holes in the Valley 3/5 stars review by Iain Shedden

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