“It’s all or nothing tonight!”
Rivals hits the stage at full throttle, the band and our maniacal front man (think Iggy Pop meets James Brown) hijacking the crowd with a sound and energy that cannot be ignored. The song Corvallis, from which the previous quote is taken, tells the story of Rivals touring through a new town, taking the stage as unknowns, and connecting with every last person in the room...essentially welcoming them all into the Rivals family.
That’s the spirit of our band. We believe in putting on the most energetic live show possible and working hard to make that connection, even if it means our drummer has to play with a broken back (true).
Unlike many of today’s heavy bands, Rivals’ blend of punk, rock and roll, and metal delivers a positive outlook that screams “don’t just whine about it…let’s start a revolution!” We’ve built a support system through passion and honesty, giving each fan their money's worth at least, and a new favorite band at best. As a result, many of our fans have become close friends over the years.
Rivals’ reputation is based not only on our live show, but also on our work ethic. Since our first show in 2001, we’ve played hundreds of shows, self-released five records, sold thousands of CDs, designed and sold our own merchandise, and have toured the Pacific Northwest three times.
We’ve been fortunate enough to share the stage with punk legends such as The Misfits, The Dickies, TSOL, and Drunk Injuns, and be invited to play the Bay Area's finest rock venues and other notable clubs such as LA’s Viper Room and Denver's Hard Rock Café.
In 2011, we were a finalist in Live105 and Cabo Wabo Tequila's "Your Shot To Rock" local band contest. We placed in the top 5 out of over 200 bands.
We’re also dedicated activists and organize shows for important causes which have included cancer research, the American Red Cross, Toys for Tots, voter registration and fund raisers to save local venues.
Rivals' mission is to build a community of people who enjoy honest, socially-conscious music, and believe that together, we can make positive change in the world.