When Rivers Meet
Saturday 6th May 2023
When Rivers Meet, the UK-based Blues-Rock duo consisting of husband-and-wife Grace Bond and Aaron Bond, delivered a captivating performance at London’s Lafayette, capping a wonderful Coronation Day in the capital city. The modern venue's well-crafted, yet period space made for an immersive and enjoyable concert experience for the audience.
As the lights dimmed and the duo stepped on stage, the room erupted in applause. The energy was palpable as Grace Bond's vocals and Aaron Bond's guitar skills filled the air. The band opened with ‘Play My Game’, a track from their debut album ‘We Fly Free’, which immediately set the tone for the rest of the show. From there, the band transitioned seamlessly into ‘Never Coming Home’, another standout track from their album. The track's haunting melody and Grace Bond's soulful vocals had the crowd transfixed. The band continued with ‘Did I Break the Law’ and ‘Take Me to the River’ - two more tracks from ‘We Fly Free’. Aaron Bond's guitar work was particularly impressive on ‘Take Me to the River’.
When Rivers Meet's music is rooted in the Blues, but their sound incorporates elements of Rock, Folk and Americana. This versatility was on full display during the concert, as the band played a mix of tracks from their album as well as new material. ‘I Will Fight’, showcased Grace Bond's impressive vocal range and Aaron Bond's ability to create a rich, textured sound with his guitar.
The band's original songs were a highlight of the evening. ‘My Babe Says That He Loves Me’, a track about the ups and downs of a relationship, had the audience singing along to the chorus. Tour namesake ‘Breaker of Chains’, was a song about "freedom and liberation”, and had an infectious raw energy.
The band's chemistry was palpable throughout the show, with Grace Bond and Aaron Bond playing off each other's energy and engaging with the audience. The intimate setting of the venue only added to this sense of connection between the band and the crowd. They frequently referred to their loyal fan group, “The Rapids”. These fans run deep, taking advantage of the band’s heavy touring schedule to see them often.
Many had taken up the option of the VIP pre-show package, which sounded a good investment of money and time for them. Grace and Aaron had the advantage during the pandemic to be living together, and they used that time to perform live and grow their fan base (I won’t lie, I was one of them) globally at a time that a lot of new music had to stop. They did an incredible task of taking an incredibly well rooted group of people and growing them on a global scale. International tours cannot be far behind for the beloved duo!
The band closed their set with ‘Lost & Found’, a powerful track dedicated to anyone who has struggled and come out the other side. The song's soaring chorus had the audience singing along, and the band left the stage to thunderous applause.
Of course, the audience wasn't ready to let the band go just yet, and the band returned to the stage for an encore. They played three more songs, including ‘Tomorrow’ and ‘Want Your Love’, two fan favourites that had the crowd dancing and singing along.
Overall, this When Rivers Meet's concert was a tour-de-force performance that showcased the band's impressive musicianship, dynamic song writing and undeniable chemistry. With Grace Bond's powerful vocals and Aaron Bond's exceptional guitar skills, the band's music had the audience captivated from start to finish. The aesthetic of the venue only added to the overall ambiance of the show, and it was clear that both the band and the crowd were enjoying every moment of the performance.
PLAY MY GAME
NEVER COMING HOME
DID I BREAK THE LAW
TAKE ME TO THE RIVER
I WILL FIGHT
DO YOU REMEMBER MY NAME
MY BABE SAYS THAT HE LOVES ME
LIKE WHAT YOU SEE
BREAKER OF CHAINS
SHOOT THE BREEZE
TALKING IN MY SLEEP
LOST & FOUND
MAKE A GROWN MAN CRY
WANT YOUR LOVE