The Gig: Young Rival â€“ 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, Iâ€™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 clichÃ©, but I think itâ€™s fair to say that Young Rival can be described as surf rock with undertones of punk influence. I couldnâ€™t help but liken them to the band Thee Oh Sees and Torontoâ€™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. Theyâ€™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. Iâ€™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 Rivalâ€™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 youâ€™re up against Young Rival, youâ€™ve got some stiff competition.
Â© Rebecca Connor, Music Vice
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