Young Rival at the Mod Club, Toronto (CMW 2012) – Concert review

March 24, 2012

Young Rival at Lee's Palace, Toronto - photo Rebecca Connor, Music Vice

The Gig: Young Rival – Canadian Music Week CMF showcase
Where: The Mod Club, Toronto, Canada
When: 22 March 2012
In One Word: Movement

Young Rival played a great set at The Mod Club Thursday evening. Before Thursday, I’d never heard their music. I walked into the venue without any expectations or pretensions and I walked out completely blown away by this trio from Hamilton.

I know it sounds cliché, but I think it’s fair to say that Young Rival can be described as surf rock with undertones of punk influence. I couldn’t help but liken them to the band Thee Oh Sees and Toronto’s own Odonis Odonis. But Young Rival are less gritty, less garage rock-esque. Certain songs even seem to have an old country feel to them – think Western films. They’d be perfect partnered with a train robbery scene or a bank hold up. Am I crazy?

Hey Young Rival, when I film a retro inspired western, wanna provide the soundtrack?

Their songs are catchy, even dancy at times. I’m not much of a dancer and I just had to move. I danced and swayed along with the crowd that grew thicker and pushed closer to the stage with every song. Young Rival’s music is deeply catchy; every note, every hard hit is felt, not only aurally, but evidently physically, too. And the guys are so much fun to watch onstage: ankles rolling, toes tapping, guitars flying.

Oh, and the guitar solos: epic.

They may be young, but rivals? If you’re up against Young Rival, you’ve got some stiff competition.

© Rebecca Connor, Music Vice

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