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Austin, TX
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Portrait of Riversyde
Riversyde an alternative rock band based out of Austin, Texas. The four-member band is made up of lead singer Shane Blake, drummer Mark Griffor, lead guitarist Paul Devassy, and bassist Christian Palacio.

The songs on their debut CD are as varied and dynamic as the Austin skyline.  It reflects RIVERSYDE’s alternative rock style, but features a range of musical sounds from ‘90s grunge vocals and rhythm guitar, to high energy drums and progressive bass. 

“From heartbreak to relaxing on the beach or driving with the top down, this CD has a track that will fit your mood," said Paul Devassy, lead guitarist.

"My ‘90s rock voice, our ‘80s classic rock guitarist, hardcore drummer, and progressive bass player provide something for everyone. It’s all alternative to us," adds singer and rhythm guitarist, Shane Blake.

Like the music, the members are varied and come from all walks of life, but their love for music is the common ground. Listeners are drawn in by Blake's insightful lyrics and soulful voice.  Mark and Christian complement each other well as the band's rhythmic duo and are the locomotive force behind the songs.  Paul's guitar playing varies from melodic and soulful on the softer songs to blazing solos and biting riffs on the high energy material.  

The band describes the tone of the album as one of longing an
remembrance. Common themes in the songs include: heartbreak, reminiscin
on the past, closure, and raw emotion. With emotive power ballads, high energy riffs, catchy hooks, and a frenetic rhythm section,  RIVERSYDE is capable of a wide range of textures and is reminiscent of Matchbox Twenty, Pearl Jam, Fuel, Chris Daughtry, and Live.