Rival Boys

Rival Boys

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN

Fronted by sister and brother pair Lee and Graeme Rose, Rival Boys is a band that has been steadily making a name for itself in Toronto since 2004. Since 2007, the line-up has solidified as a powerful guitar/bass/drum three-piece that delivers a blend of jubilant grunge-pop and anthemic post-punk. In 2009, Rival Boys released their debut EP entitled Life of Worry, to great response. Through 2010, Rival Boys returned to the studio and have completed recording Mutual Feelings of Love, their deb


Rival Boys is a guitar/bass/drum three-piece rock band from Toronto, Ontario.

Rival Boys has been steadily making a name for itself since 2007. Through word-of-mouth accounts of their fiercely energetic live shows, Rival Boys built a dedicated and enthusiastic fan base in and around Toronto. In 2009, Rival Boys released their debut EP Life of Worry.

"The Rival Boys first EP Life of Worry is a fantastic return to the straightforward rock, while still keeping it interesting and fresh. Their combination of riff based guitar along with a steady driving drum beats overtop soulful vocals works insanely well. The vocals stand out beautifully through the lo-fi rocky guitar with the drums pushing everything along. "
- Jay, awmusic.ca

"The tracks are sweet, sad, melodramatic and melancholy in a way that conjures say, Hayden writing a record for the male-female harmonies of the New Pornographers."

Rival Boys play stripped-down, exciting rock music with interlocking guitar and bass melodies, propulsive drums, and aggressive two-part harmonies reminiscent of late-era Sleater-Kinney, but with the emotional earnestness of early Springsteen, and the cathartic melancholy of The Constantines. Rival Boys is a powerful three-piece act that delivers a jubilant blend of grunge-pop and anthemic post-punk.

Returning to the studio in early 2010, Rival Boys spent over a year crafting their debut album, Mutual Feelings of Love, which will be released in 2011. The album was produced by Mike Rocha (Dinosaur Bones, Black Pistol Fire) and engineered by Jay Sadlowski at Chemical Sound Studios (The Black Keys, Born Ruffians, Tokyo Police Club).


Life of Worry - March 2009

Tracks from this album are available on:

Set List

Sets can range from 30 mins - 1 hr+, depending on time limitations.

An example set list:

Lonely Heart
You're Really Coming On
Sober and Single
A Life of Worry
Black Mold
Construction Work
A Good Man

(all original material)