Alt-rock supergroup MOONRIIVR find inspiration from the unlikeliest place on “Bachelor Nation”

MOONRIIVR is a brand new band from Toronto, with familiar music industry members Gavin Gardiner (frontperson of Juno-nominated indie folk group The Wooden Sky), James Robertson (lead guitarist for Lindi Ortega and Dwayne Gretzky), Ben Whitely (bassist for The Weather Station, Basia Bulat), and Lyle Molzan (percussionist for Kathleen Edwards, Corb Lund). The band have managed to achieve that tricky feat of making an album that sounds like it could have been recorded any time in the last 60 years. Listening to their debut album, aptly titled Vol. 1, is like entering an unfamiliar room down a long hallway, closing the door quietly behind you, and finding oneself lost in a different world, one where you’re not sure whether you’re looking

forward, backward, or perhaps even into a mirror.

The inspiration for their latest single may surprise you: the reality TV series, The Bachelor. Despite songwriter Gavin Gardiner’s skepticism about the show at first, he kept finding excuses to be in the room every Monday when his partner would watch Matt James in his quest for love. 

When Gardiner sat down to write the song “Bachelor Nation,” Matt James had found and lost love. Gardiner decided to focus on the absurdity of fairy tale love both in the Bachelor Nation and the greater world abroad. The truth is that life and love will knock you down and you will have to get back up again and try to put the pieces back together as best you can.