Seattle based River Giant is the trio of Kyle Jacobson (vocals/guitars), Liam O’Connor (drums) and Trent Schreiner (bass). They’re a pretty young band, having formed some time in 2009, and they released their debut album back in April. They were brought to my attention by the boys in Truckstop Darlin’ and I seriously can’t thank them enough for it.
River Giant takes that 70’s revival rock sound that so many have been flirting with lately under the bleachers and goes straight to makeout mode with it. The album fully makes its intentions known from the opening track, “Out Here, Outside”, which draws the obvious Neil Young comparisons, but, to me, the song feels like it could be a pre-Hotel California Eagles track. If there were any lingering doubts about what River Giant is doing, they’re pretty much snuffed out within the first 30 seconds of the second track “Pink Flamingos” but it’s with “I Permute This Marriage” where the album fully gains its footing and shows how good these kids can be.
While the album does wander a little bit at times, I am left feeling like this is a band with a really really bright future and I can’t wait to see what album #2 brings us. Check it out, especially if you’re a fan of that 70’s-ish, Neil Young-ish sound. Or, you know, if you like good music.