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RIVERSYDE Releases Debut Album With Progressive Bass Player Christian Palacio

RIVERSYDE Releases Debut Album With Progressive Bass Player Christian Palacio…  Alternative rock band RIVERSYDE will release their debut album, See Us Now, on March 31, 2012 at Lucky Lounge. The album is available for pre-order at

The 16-track CD ranges from soulful ballads, to rock, to an even heavier sound. See Us Now was recorded at Arlyn Studios in the heart of downtown Austin. The album was mastered by Ben Blank, founder of Ben Blank Audio. His work has received seven gold records, Austin Addy Awards, and Billboard Top Ten success.

The band released a four-song self-titled EP in April 2011. The track “Knocking on My Door” received radio play on Off the Chart Radio, the Internet’s #1 hit music station. “What’s Love About” will be used in DIRECTV’s documentary, Gone Until December. RIVERSYDE is #4 on the Austin alternative charts on ReverbNation.

RIVERSYDE’s bassist, Christian Palacio, is a native Texan who grew up in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania before moving back to Texas at the age of 16. He started playing the violin during middle school, but began teaching himself how to play bass guitar during his senior year of high school.

“Rush’s Signals and Marillion’s Misplaced Childhood albums were a huge influence on me, both lyrically and musically. Misplaced Childhood came out just as I had moved from PA to TX and I took a lot of comfort listening to that album,” Christian remembers.  “Bassists like Geddy and Pete, as well as Chris Squire also showed me that the bass can take a more melodic role within a song to provide either a counter melody to the guitar or carry a section of a song with the guitar taking a supporting, rhythmic approach.”

The band has played in clubs across Texas and most recently promoted See Us Now in Boston. RIVERSYDE is scheduled to take the stage at The Heart of Texas Rockfest in downtown Austin on March 17, 2012.

“The album is very personal,” said lead singer Shane Blake. “We put a lot of ourselves into our music. 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.”

RIVERSYDE is an alternative rock band based out of Austin, Texas that formed in the fall of 2010. The four-member band is made up of lead singer Shane Blake, drummer Mark Griffor, lead guitarist Paul Devassy, and bassist Christian Palacio. RIVERSYDE’s purpose as a band is to share their love of music and passion for life with the world, one city at a time.

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