Tell Us about:
Your latest single you have released:
Mark: Our latest single was released on 16th December 2022 through Aural Key Music. It’s called “Unsprung”. It’s about taking an introspective journey through the times and decisions that broke you and left you in darkness, until that special someone comes along and picks you back up and illuminates the way.
Darren: Essentially it’s about meeting your soulmate.
Your first single and how you felt when it was released:
Darren: The first single was a song called “Heaven’s Door”, and it was released on 17th December 2017.
Mark: At that point River Knight weren’t really an official band. It was a form of musical therapy for Darren as his wife was taken from us way too soon, the song was written as a tribute to Steph and was released exactly one year after her passing.
Darren: That really helped with the healing process, although I’m not sure you ever fully get over it. But it did help me get through it.
Mark: It was a couple of months later that we decided to make a real go of it and that’s why you see all our social media handles are @riverknight2018.
Darren: Any purchases of the song through Bandcamp are donated to Cancer Research UK. https://riverknightuk.bandcamp.com/track/heavens-door
Your favourite song that you have created that is an album track:
Mark: I dunno, I like all of them, but I suppose it’d be a toss up between “Mystic Miles” and “Elope”. I like the dual vocal lines of “Mystic Miles” and it has such a drive to it. “Elope” is so nice and pleasant sounding, but it hides a darker meaning and I like that.
Darren: “Shades That Hide The Sun” is one of my favourites. It was originally meant to be the album closer with “Th(f)ree” being a hidden track, but with digital releases the days of hidden, bonus songs are gone.
Your favourite song to play live:
Mark: I really enjoy playing “Not How You Mother” live, it’s got a chorus that could easily lend itself to a football chant, and again it’s one of those songs that sounds nice and cute but listen more closely and you get a different understanding of the song.
Darren: I like playing “Regret My Goodbyes” live. It’s one of those songs I can just lose myself in.
Your most emotional track:
Darren: I’ve kind of already touched on it, “Heaven’s Door” is very emotional to me, but “Sense Out Of Crisis” is a close second. They are the first two songs we wrote as River Knight and they have a similar sentiment.
Mark: “Heaven’s Door” has made people cry so for us and our situation it’s got to be considered the most emotional.
The best lyric you have ever written:
Darren: There’s a line in “Heaven’s Door” – “Show me Heaven’s Door, I’ll pick the lock and take you back to our shore” – I love that as when I met Steph we were on a beach looking at the stars. I didn’t write it unfortunately, but thankfully my songwriting partner knew what to say and got my feelings into the lyrics.
Mark: I don’t know, I like the way I wrote the first part of “She Came Round” – “She came round, she’s bringing the smiles, and we make some sound. Bring tears to her eyes” – We were writing, and waiting for a friend to come over with some weed, and we played “Heaven’s Door” to her and she cried. I like how those words tell that story.
Darren: I was also impressed with the latest song, “Unsprung” – “She lights the way, she binds the dreams that I’ve undone. She lights the way, she winds the clocks that I’ve unsprung” – yeah, I like that line.
Describe the feeling you get when you walk on stage to do a show:
Mark: Always excited, and always nervous. The nerves settle down after the first lyric and then it’s all about enjoying the experience and having fun.
Darren: Pretty much the same. Kind of bricking it to start with, especially the bigger gigs. Always excited to play though, and it takes seconds to settle into the flow of it.
The hardest track to play live:
Darren: “Mystic Miles” hands down. When we recorded it we made it more complicated than it used to be and me being me had to find a way to portray that live using 1 guitar hahaha
Mark: For me it’s not so much that it’s hard to play, I just have a bizarre mental block when it comes to the order of the lyrics in the verses on “Strength In Numbers”. It’s strange. I know the words, I can sing along to the record but live I have to have a bit of paper nearby. Not so I’m reading it, but just so it’s there and I can see it. I call it my safety blanket.
Essential items you always take on tour with you?
Darren: My guitar is all I need.
Mark: Yep, as long as he has his guitar we’ll be fine. Can’t be anyone else’s guitar though.
Darren: No, I string my guitar backwards hahaha.
Describe your fans in three words:
Mark: Wonderful, Appreciated, Discerning
Darren: Loved, Awesome, Tasteful
A song by another artist or band you wish you had written:
Mark: I would have like to have written “Remember Tomorrow” by Iron Maiden. Love that track.
Darren: “One Day Like This” by Elbow. Such a rousing song.
What we can look forward to from your band this year:
Mark: Our new single was released on the 16th December 2022. No presave code yet, but if anyone is interested follow us on one (or more) of the socials or music streaming sites and you’ll get access to it as soon as it comes out.
Darren: The single is what’s left this year, and some more FB reels and Tik Toks. We have a couple of visualiser style clips out at the moment that are quite good. The “Something Gone Wrong” one is pretty funny and the “Shades That Hide The Sun” clip is both a bit funny and quite touching.
Mark: We’re playing The Joiners in Southampton on 21st January next year.
Darren: Uh huh, opening up for a new rock band called Zephyr, alongside Zen Juddhism.