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Rivals / Press

"IF THERE weren't bands like the Rivals throughout musical history, we'd still be banging two rocks together with mindless animal chanting as vocal accompaniment. That's the power of these hardcore Gilroy rockers who travel through the brutally honest waters of indie/punk: the power to break musical conventions."

"After coming this close to winning the local band contest for this year's BFD, South Bay punk stalwarts the Rivals are taking the energy that wowed the judges (and crowd) and throwing themselves back into the club scene."

"Crazy bastards playing some insane metal/emo/hardcore ... that vocalist is going to kill someone, or himself, on stage one day."

Radio Personality Dave Pirtle “The Madman” - 90.5 KSJS

"Like Refused and slightly similar to Coheed & Cambria, Rivals combine the heavy with the heartfelt. This is the band’s third release and by far their best effort. The songs are incredibly ambitious, at times raging with aggression then alternating into true ballads... It’s an insane mix, but it’s still rad."

Colin Kuch - Zero Magazine

"Here is one of the best bay area bands I have ever heard...This four-piece band magically pounds out sounds bought together by their diverse styles. The end result is a captivating experience in rock ‘n roll."