Rivers & Robots

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Rivers & Robots
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Rivers & Robots performing at the Big Church Day Out Festival at Wiston, West Sussex in 2018
Background information
OriginSalford, Greater Manchester, N.W. England
GenresWorship,[1][2][3] electronica,[1] electronic rock,[2] techno,[3] folk[3]
Years active2010 (2010)-2021 =
MembersJonathan Ogden
Nathan Stirling
Caleb Choo
Philip Shibata
Past membersKelani Koyejo
David Hailes
Websiteriversandrobots.com

Rivers & Robots is an English worship band from Salford, England. Their group formed in 2010, and have since released five independently-made studio albums.

Background[edit]

They were formed by Jonathan Ogden, lead vocalist, when he started recording under the name in 2010 in City of Salford, Greater Manchester, North West England.[1] The group members who joined him were guitarist, David Hailes, bassist, Nathan Stirling, and drummer, Kelani Koyejo.[1] Kelani left the group in February 2016 and was replaced by Caleb Choo in September 2017. David also decided to leave the band in August 2017, so the band was searching for a new guitarist for a while. In October 2018 Rivers and Robots announced the joining of Philip Shibata as guitarist.

Music history[edit]

The band started musical recording in 2010, with their first album, The Great Light, that was released on 12 August 2011.[4][3] Their subsequent album, Take Everything, was released on 20 July 2012.[2] They released an extended play, Rivers & Robots, in 2013.[5] Their third album, All Things New, was released on 8 July 2014.[6][7][8][9] Their fourth studio album, The Eternal Son, was released on 20 May 2016, by Set Sail Records.[10] Their fifth and last to date album, Discovery, was released on 14 September 2018, by Running Club Records.

In early 2021, Rivers and Robots officially announced a hiatus for the band on their website.

« (...) We’ve learnt to recognise the times we’re sailing with the wind of God’s power and blessing, and to know when we’re sailing against it. And so, after much prayer and conversation, we believe the season is changing again and that it’s time for Rivers & Robots to take a hiatus. This isn’t a break-up, we’re all still friends and love and support each other just as much as ever. But after 10 years of Rivers & Robots as a project, we feel like it’s time to take a break from recording and touring for the foreseeable future. This is never an easy decision to make, and we know it will be sad news for many of our listeners. (...) » (from riversandrobots.com)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

  • The Great Light (12 August 2011)
  • Take Everything (20 July 2012)
  • All Things New (8 July 2014)
  • The Eternal Son (20 May 2016)
  • Discovery (14 September 2018)

EPs

  • Rivers & Robots (2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Honeyman, Lins (19 February 2014). "Rivers & Robots: From a studio experiment to an electronica worship band". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Luff, Stephen (12 August 2014). "Review: Take Everything - Rivers & Robots". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d Kemp, Jonathan (30 January 2012). "Rivers & Robots: The Great Light". The Christian Music Review Blog. Archived from the original on 19 November 2015. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  4. ^ Honeyman, Lins (14 January 2014). "Review: The Great Light - Rivers & Robots". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  5. ^ Cooper, Andy (21 June 2014). "Review: Rivers & Robots - Rivers & Robots". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  6. ^ Honeyman, Lins (27 July 2014). "Review: All Things New - Rivers & Robots". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  7. ^ Armstrong, Jeremy. "Rivers & Robots: All Things New". Worship Leader (November/December 2014): 82. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  8. ^ Francesco, Jonathan J. (6 September 2014). "Down by the River". New Release Today. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  9. ^ Aldis, Philip (15 April 2015). "Review - Rivers & Robots - All Things New". Louder Than the Music. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  10. ^ Fryberger, Scott (20 May 2016). "Rivers & Robots, "The Eternal Son" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved 21 May 2016.

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