As A Rival, the self proclaimed tech punk bandits, have returned with their mixture of rock riffs and punk sensibilities, delivering their catchy hooks and melodic anthems. They have rolled out a brand new single (that is the first cut from a record that will see it’s release this year!) and announced a suite of tour dates in April! The single is available to purchase and streaming at all good digital outlets. Their tour celebrating the single kicks off in April, taking in Adelaide, Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney!
Comprising of Pete Cerni (vox/guitar), Nathan Wheatley (drums/vox), Johnny Beech (guitar/vox) and Paul Trevorrow (bass/vox), 2017 saw As A Rival focus on the follow up to the promise of their first release, By Design. Turning to Homesurgery Recordings to refine and hone in on capturing their huge live sound under the tutelage of Tom Larkin (Shihad), the band wrote fifty songs across a two month period. The end result will comprise their new album to be released in 2018, with details to be announced soon – a twelve song punk rock opus, packed with riffs, hooks and melodies.
New single Bring Out The Dead thematically deals with the dystopian world that we imagine ourselves in. Second guessing, under pressure, claustrophobic, we question everything we do, spiralling into the abyss and bringing the worst of ourselves without ever focusing on the good things we do for us or others.
Pete Cerni, guitarist for the band, said that “It’s been a big year of challenges, testing patience and drive, but now that we have made to the other side, we know that it was all worth it. Bring Out The Dead is a taste of the big ‘fuck you’ we’re about to unleash. Playing live is what it’s all about, and being able to go out and play some of these new songs means everything to us.”
The new material was recorded at Homesurgery Recordings – Produced by Tom Larkin, engineered by Samuel K Sproull and Jon Grace and mixed by Samuel K Sproull, with mastering handled by Tony “Jack the Bear” Mantz and Tom Beard at Deluxe Mastering.
Their debut album By Design (Recorded and co-produced by Tom Read of Bodyjar and mixed by Grammy Award winning producer Adam Kasper (Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age)), saw a coming of age in their songwriting, dealing with getting older, getting wiser and staying relevant.
Beginning from an accumulation of bedroom demos, the premise for As A Rival was to be challenged musically and become a rival to what was on offer. Playing live is where the band feels most at home, touring across Australia, stamping a claim as one of Australia’s most explosive live bands on the Australian punk rock scene. Continuing to deliver upon their unrelenting live shows, with precision and intent.
New single Bring Out The Dead can be heard below!
Friday April 13th – Sydney, NSW
Chippo Hotel Sydney
Saturday April 14th – Adelaide, SA
Friday April 20th – Hobart, TAS
Saturday April 28th – Melbourne, VIC
Last Chance Rock N Roll Bar