Young Rival

Young Rival

 Hamilton, Ontario, CAN

Young Rival - Canadian wildcat rock n roll from the streets of gritty Hamilton Ontario Canada. New album coming this October on Sonic Unyon Records.


From Hamilton Ontario comes Young Rival.

This trio hails from a city most widely-known for its blue-collar work ethic - a quality that Young Rival have always proudly embraced. With a sound that is both raw and hazy, dark and melodic, this band delivers an undeniably unique brand of grit-infused, wildcat rock and roll. Their latest offering came to us in the form of an amazing collection of songs, recorded in June 2009 by Polaris Prize winning record maker Jon Drew (Fucked Up, Tokyo Police Club, Arkells).

"Jon has a total hands-off approach to recording a band like us," says drummer Noah Fralick. "We recorded in a high-ceiling room with mics scattered throughout. The result is an album that's bigger sounding than anything we've done before, because it captures the intensity of our live playing, while still highlighting the more subtle aspects of our band's dynamic."

With shows and tours alongside The Sadies, Born Ruffians, King Khan and the Shrines, and Tokyo Police Club, as well as remixes by Junior Boys, this young band occupies a unique - and important - position in today's indie landscape. They hearken back to a time where musicianship was primary; where a band's ability to collaborate and play well together was posited as the goal more important than any other. And yet Young Rival offer a sound that's both refreshing and current; delivering it with an uncompromising edge and swagger.

Critics have responded eagerly to Young Rival's efforts so far. Their self-released debut EP, recorded by NYC producer Emery Dobyns (Patti Smith, Battles, Lou Reed), was greeted with glowing reviews from press outlets across Canada, including 4 star write-ups in both major Toronto weeklies, NOW and EYE WEEKLY. Lead-off single "Your Island" rose to Number 2 on CBC Radio 3's weekly countdown and its video reached rotation on MuchMusic. Internationally, the band has received radio play on BBC Radio 2 and XFM in the United Kingdom, as well as features on trend-setting U.S. music blogs such as Stereogum and Pitchfork.

Their full length debut album, released in early 2010, also found critical acclaim across North America. Chartattack said the album was " an early contender for this summer’s must-have road trip disc” while the The Globe And Mail called it "taut angst-ridden punk dunked in reverb and swirling psychedelic soup. Like a shot of lightning, with a Red Bull chaser." The band toured extensively for the album: full North American and European tours with their friends Born Ruffians, multiple showcases at the Great Escape Festival in the UK and Canadian tours with Hollerado, The Pack A.D. and Yukon Blonde. The band recently played the Supercrawl Festival in their hometown of Hamilton ON along with Broken Social Scene, J Mascis and Frank Black.

After having so much success recording their first album with Jon Drew the band decided to not fix what wasn't broken. Their sophomore album was recorded in Toronto with Drew at the end of summer 2011. Young Rival's new sophomore album will be released Spring 2012 via Sonic Unyon Records.


New, as-yet-untitled album due in October 2012 (Sonic Unyon)
YOUNG RIVAL - LP (Sonic Unyon)
YOUNG RIVAL - EP (self-released)