Formed By A River: Volume 2

A diverse range of grassroots artists from across the North of England has compiled a musical offering with charities Music Venue Trust and Stagehand in mind.

Formed By A River has announced the second volume of their charity compilation celebrating previously unreleased material from an incredible range of artists across the M62.

Bull (top) and The Howl & The Hum

Volume 1 raised over £500 for Music Venue Trust. In Volume 2, Max Lilley (Bloodhound) and the team behind Formed By A River have made every effort to grow and evolve the compilation into an even more varied and exclusive body of work. It features contributions from artists such as The Howl & The Hum, Bull, Talkboy, Fever and Last of the Wonder Kids, and will be crowdfunded during June and July through Crowdfunder.

Leeds’ Talkboy

Volume 2’s sixteen tracks include exclusive covers, live and acoustic versions, demos, and brand new
never-before-heard songs from some of the most exciting bands in North of England. The Formed By A River team will broadcast two exclusive live sessions and Q+A’s with Bull and Fever from legendary venues in their hometowns, The Crescent (York) and The New Adelphi Club (Hull).

Last of the Wonder Kids (top) and Fever

There are also some newer artists – British-Somali poet Knomad Spock who has had recent success with BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Radio Wales in the lead up to his highly anticipated debut album Winter of Discontent, and TALKSTOOMUCH, a 21-year old producer/artist from Manchester who infuses elements of classical piano and deep ambient production, drawing influence from the likes of Lapsley and Harvey Gunn.

Knomad Spock (left) and Talkstoomuch

Whilst Max has been responsible for compilation, PR and organisational tasks, the compilation has been mastered by Adam Bairstow, artwork and merchandise designed by Lana Green and the original illustration drawn by Stewart Baxter.

Alice Simmons

Max Lilley: “There was never really a plan to do ‘Volume 2’ but I was scrolling through transcripts from debates in the House of Commons about support for the hospitality and music industry, having signed some petitions, and it was clear that there was just NOTHING. I felt kind of helpless so I thought, what can I do to help? Then it just kind of occurred to me that I could do another volume and I wanted to make it more ambitious, make more of a difference, and showcase more incredible artists. This volume wonderfully versatile and interesting and I am absolutely humbled to be able to present these tracks to people. There are some really incredible songs on here.”

Leeds’ Household Dogs

Whilst some artists have been prevented from releasing new music, some have been able to record at home, which is why there are so many brand new tracks in the compilation, from Leeds’ Household Dogs, Bull, Codex, Talkboy, SLAP RASH, Sarge, TALKSTOOMUCH, Eric Dimmack and Last of The Wonder Kids. Other artists have given new leases of life to old material, including Fever, Leeds’ Talkboy and Crush. Leeds’/York’s The Black Lagoons and Alice Simmons have explored genres other than those they are known for. And there are new live versions from Knomad Spock and The Howl & The Hum.

Clockwise from top left: Codex, Slap Rash, Sarge, Eric Dimmock

“This team has put a stunning compilation together.” – Daniel Mawer (Low Hummer)
“It’s great to see something positive done in a time when all we hear is negativity” – Nick Cobley (NEWMEDS)

Crush (top) and The Black Lagoons

Track List
The Great Depart – Household Dogs
…In A Ditch (Demo) – SLAP RASH
Lovely Head (Goldfrapp cover) – The Black Lagoons
All My Plants Are Dead (Acoustic) – Crush
Need Me – Sarge
King Street (Acoustic) – Talk More
Portrait I (Live at Oporto) – The Howl & The Hum
Statues (Demo) – Last Of The Wonder Kids
Grandma’s Pen – Bull
Drop In The Ocean – Eric Dimmack
Time Will Define (Acoustic – Live at Young Thugs) – Fever
Flume (Bon Iver cover) – Alice Simmons
Average Wave – Talkboy
Grin (Demo) – Codex
Maps (Live) – Knomad Spock


Photographs provided by Formed By A River. Feature photograph Leeds & York’s The Black Lagoons.

Adam Kershaw

Adam combines his interest in Leeds with a flair for writing discovered back in school days. He says he'll tackle any topic as long as it's Leeds.

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