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Driven by a love for the raw guitar melodies of instrumental surf hits of the 60's, The Concrete Rivals combine the reverb-drenched sounds of The Ventures and Dick Dale with the straight-ahead rock and speed of The Who and early Metallica.
The Concrete Rivals started life as a one-off gig at a local cafe and quickly attracted a following for their heavy and tight versions of surf rock standards but it is with the original material that the band really comes together.
"As any songwriter will tell you, we are inspired by all kinds of music: film scores by Ennio Morricone, Bernard Herrmann, John Williams, and Danny Elfman to heavy metal gods, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, and Metallica and everything in between." says Jay Ekis, guitarist and principal songwriter for the group, "but at the end of the day, when you're looking at a roomful of strangers, the songs had better be good and for me that means putting everything you've got into it. This is the first band that I've been a part of where I have the freedom to use all of my influences to compose and ironically it really opens the doors to originality. My challenge is to create songs that hit hard within the context of a 3 minute rock instrumental and I think we do just that."
The Concrete Rivals will be heading into the studio at the end of September to record their first full-length CD of original songs.