Platinum-selling trio Wild Rivers will release their new eight track album Never Better in July ahead of a Manchester gig.

The group will headline a gig at Manchester Academy.  The Manchester gig is one of eight UK and Ireland dates they will play.

In anticipation of the new album, Wild Rivers have also shared their new song Backfire.  The track is accompanied by an official video directed by Hannah Gray Hall and produced by Weird Candy.

Speaking about the track Wild Rivers (Khalid Yassein, Devan Glover and Andrew Oliver) said “Backfire is about waiting for the ‘right moment’ to act on a feeling towards someone, until the window of opportunity inevitably passes. You hold back because you fear that speaking your truth will compromise the relationship, and the risk feels too overwhelming. It’s a song about wishing you could have been bolder in those moments.”

Backfire will feature on Wild Rivers’ new album Never Better.

When do Wild Rivers release new album Never Better?

Wild Rivers release Never Better on 26 July 2024 via Nettwerk Music Group.

The album reflects on the band’s past few years.  It takes on facing burnout, mental health challenges and life on the road as well as rediscovering the joy of music.  The album also features the previously released tracks Anyways, I Love You, Cave and Everywhere I Go.

The group added of the project, “We approached this record with the mindset, ‘this is who we are.’ We aren’t pretending to be something we’re not, or trying to sound like anyone else. We wanted it to feel easy. We wanted the stories to be real. We wanted to show our true selves as best we could. We’re proud of who we’ve become as people and as a team. We truly feel like we’re having the most fun with music that we’ve ever had, and in the most exciting stage of our lives. We’re never better.”


When do Wild Rivers headline at Manchester Academy?

Wild Rivers headline at Manchester Academy on 22 November 2024.  The Manchester gig is one of eight UK and Ireland dates they have confirmed:

13 November – Glasgow, QMU
15 November – Dublin, Button Factory
17 November – Bristol, SWX
19 November – London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
22 November – Manchester, Manchester Academy
24 November – Birmingham, O2 Institute
26 November – Leeds, Project House
27 November – Cardiff, Tramshed

image of Wild Rivers courtesy Weird Candy