Hamilton Ontario comes Young Rival.
trio hails from a city most widely-known for its blue-collar work
ethic - a quality that Young Rival have always proudly embraced. With
a sound that is both raw and hazy, dark and melodic, this band
delivers an undeniably unique brand of grit-infused, wildcat rock and
roll. Their latest offering comes to us in the form of an amazing
collection of songs, recorded in June 2009 by Polaris Prize winning
record maker Jon Drew (Fucked Up, Tokyo Police Club, Arkells).
has a total hands-off approach to recording a band like us,"
says drummer Noah Fralick. "We recorded in a high-ceiling
room with mics scattered throughout. The result is an album
that's bigger sounding than anything we've done before, because it
captures the intensity of our live playing, while still highlighting
the more subtle aspects of our band's dynamic."
shows and tours alongside The Sadies, Born Ruffians, King Khan and
the Shrines, and Tokyo Police Club, as well as forthcoming remixes by
Junior Boys, this young band occupies a unique - and important -
position in today's indie landscape. They hearken back to a time
where musicianship was primary; where a band's ability to collaborate
and play well together was posited as the
goal more important than any other.
And yet Young Rival offer a sound that's both refreshing and current;
delivering it with an uncompromising edge and swagger.
have responded eagerly to Young Rival's efforts so far. Their
self-released debut EP, recorded by NYC
producer Emery Dobyns (Patti Smith,
Battles, Lou Reed), was greeted with glowing reviews
from press outlets across Canada, including 4 star write-ups in both
major Toronto weeklies, NOW and EYE WEEKLY. Lead-off
single "Your Island" rose to Number 2 on CBC
Radio 3's weekly countdown and its video reached rotation on
MuchMusic. Internationally, the band has received radio play on BBC
Radio 2 and XFM in the United Kingdom, as well as features on
trend-setting U.S. music blogs such as Stereogum and Pitchfork.
Rival's self-titled new album will be released in Canada on April 13
2010 via Sonic Unyon Records.
Aron D'alesio Guitar, Lead vox
Noah Fralick Drums, vox
John Smith Bass, vox