Metal Anarchy’s Music In The Age Of COVID-19 Series: Interview With River Knight

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “Music In The Age Of COVID-19” series, the feature where I discuss the ongoing pandemic with various musicians. This time I have an interview with Darren Knight and Stone River of River Knight.

METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?

RIVER KNIGHT: Stone: It was tough. The lack of social contact has hard. But I kept myself busy in my studio. With plenty of virtual get togethers and a lot of video calls.

Darren: Yeah, it was difficult. But luckily we had the album to do so we were able to record remotely and meet on messenger to keep ourselves occupied.

METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?

RIVER KNIGHT: Darren: Yeah, we have a new one that was made up of a few parts written through lockdown.

Stone: And I’ve always got my notepad. We’re very excited about our new album, but we can’t wait to get in the studio and lay down the next one.

METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?

RIVER KNIGHT: Stone: It was a multi band show on the last Thursday right before lockdown for a promoter we know in Portsmouth.

METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?

RIVER KNIGHT: Darren: Well, we did. An online stream raising money for charity: Don’t Stress Fest.

METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?

RIVER KNIGHT: Stone: It’s hard to say.

Darren: We’ve played 4 festivals since the quarantine ended and people are coming back out.

Stone: I think it’ll probably evolve in some way, to thrive in the circumstance. People need music and there’s nothing better than seeing a great live performance.

METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?

RIVER KNIGHT: Darren: Only what any fan would normally do. You know, buy or stream the music and interact with the social media until the time comes when you can get out and see them again.

Stone: Thanks for having us, it’s been a pleasure.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With River Knight

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to artists that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with River Knight.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

RIVER KNIGHT: Darren: My name is Darren Knight. I play guitar and sing.

Stone: I’m Stone River and I just do vocals.

Darren: But we both do more on our album GROW. Percussion, keys, you know…

Stone: We had some guests on the album too, but it’s the two of us make up River Knight.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

RIVER KNIGHT: Stone: Believe it or not, Iron Maiden. I’m not sure you can hear it in what I do now but they were very important early on. Guns n’ Roses, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Hot Chocolate, many many more.

Darren: The Beatles, David Bowie, James Taylor, The Black Crowes, Elbow, Wham!. Hehehe.

METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

RIVER KNIGHT: Stone: Our most recent release is our album “Grow.”

Darren: It’s a journey, it swells and flows but it changes and evolves and devolves. From the optimistic americana britpop of “She Came Round” to the more classic rock sounding songs like “Sense Out Of Crisis” and “Mystic Miles” to the fragility of Elope to a bit of rapping on “Th(f)ree.” Positivity is the meaning of the album.

Stone: But always acoustic, that’s our thing. We have various influences from multiple decades and genres, we create music that defies labels. I would say that each of the songs has its own individuality, all the while retaining the essence of what River Knight are.

Darren: At the end of the day they’re just good songs.

METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?

RIVER KNIGHT: Darren: A good time.

Stone: Always a good time.

METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?

RIVER KNIGHT: Stone: Hopefully be on our 3rd or 4th album by then, have a couple of world tours under our belts.

Darren: We’re gonna keep doing what we’re doing. I think I’ll keep doing this until I can’t.

Stone: Thanks for having us, it’s been a pleasure

Darren: Stay safe.