Montreal, QC-based band, Deep Rivers has unveiled a brand new video for their single, “Nothing Ever Happens To Me”. The single is from the band’s upcoming album, Nothing Ever Happens To Me, which is set to be released on November 13, 2020.
Through this intimate music video in the form of a nearly uninterrupted sequence shot, the band – in collaboration with La Conserve Media (Charles-Philippe Tremblay-Bégin, Xavier Madore) and Canadian actress Laetitia Isambert – gives life to their record’s highlight track.
“Nothing Ever Happens To Me” (the song itself but also the album as a whole) addresses just that: human beings facing their downsides, need for comfort, desire for adventure, and fears. In slowness and confidence, Deep Rivers translates through music the almost inevitable tension tying the present to the past.
Check out the video below, and find out more about Deep Rivers via our Five Questions With segment.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
Hello! My name is André Pelletier and I’m the guitarist and lead vocalist for Deep Rivers. We are a folk-rock band from Montreal, and we’re thrilled you invited us to talk with you today! Back in 2015 I started writing some songs and bouncing ideas off my long-time collaborators: Stéphan Lemieux (drums) and Blaise Borboën-Léonard (viola and synths). We were old bandmates from another project that just fell apart but remained close friends. Although I enjoy a good power trio when I hear one, I really wanted to find a bass player to play these songs with. A sound engineer friend of ours recommended we give Cedric Martel a call. We did. A few practices led to a few shows. We recorded an EP and here we are.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
There is this one description of our sound that I always go back to Deep Rivers is a combination of the intimacy of folk with the energy and sonic palette of indie-rock.
I tend to write melody-driven songs with very personal lyrics. Stéphan tends to enjoy a heavy-handed style of drumming and Blaise loves to come up with soundscapes and tones. Put that all together and you get Deep Rivers’ sound.
When writing a new song, I usually lay the groundwork with a vocal melody, a guitar arrangement, a bassline, and ideas for vocal arrangements and harmonies. We then explore together, add, subtract, record, and experiment until we’re all happy with the end result: a Deep Rivers sounding tune.
Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?
Not at the moment sadly. The current pandemic situation has been hard on our live performances. We had a few nice events lined up when the first confinement hit (including a showcase at Canadian Music Week that we were very excited about). All were canceled or postponed. We are still hoping some of them will be rescheduled for next spring and summer, but who knows really. We’ve been concentrating on releasing our first album Nothing Ever Happens To Me, making videos, and working on new material.
As for our live show, things tend to get a bit louder and more energetic on stage than on record with us. We love to play together and have been doing it for so long that it feels like we’re children at the playground when we are united on stage. I truly think the best way to discover us is live. Can’t wait to get back out there!
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
That’s a hard question because one of my favorite things to do when writing a song is to go in a slightly new and unexplored direction. Our songs end up all showing off a different facet of the band. That being said, we’re very proud of the single and title track for our new album coming out tomorrow Nothing Ever Happens To Me. This ballad puts forth a few of the different sides of Deep Rivers and fits in nicely with the general mood of confinement everyone is going through right now. It’s a song about fantasizing of escaping the mundane routine of everyday life by any means. From a glimpse of one’s lover to an overwhelming flood, anything would do.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
Obviously, there are some huge acts that we love to bits like Arcade Fire, The Tragically Hip, Feist (her album Pleasure was on repeat for months around my house), Patrick Watson and The Barr Brothers (technically brothers from the US that decided to make Montreal their home and have been great ambassadors for local music), but here are some wonderful acts that might not be as huge but should definitely be checked out :
Plants and Animals – This Montreal based trio just put out a new album and it is great!
Thus Owls – This Swedish-Canadian duo/couple out of Montreal are so mysterious and cool. A must-see show.
Dan Mangan – Great songwriter, great voice.
Mo Kenny – Heard her for the first time playing solo at the Winnipeg Folk Fest and was completely floored. A gifted songwriter and inspiring guitar player.
Fred Fortin – Everything this man touches turns to gold in my opinion. Wonderful storyteller and man can he rock out a riff.
zouz – This Montreal based trio is a must if you like gritty folk-rock.
Gabrielle Shonk – Had the privilege to play with this awesome singer/songwriter from Quebec city. Such a solid performer and what a voice.
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.