Rivals' new album, Sad Looks Pretty on Me, exists in two worlds. The Los Angeles quartet - vocalist Kalie Wolfe, bassist Sebastian Clarke, guitarist Micket Woodle, and drummer Josh Alves - draw a wobbly line between blossoming pop-rock and wilting post-hardcore, often alternating between sides for earth-shattering effects. By wearing their inspirations proudly (and enlisting the help of contemporaries), Rivals clamor for the attention of both radio listeners and bedroom moshers. Eventually, their explosive live act - which has garnered the attention of audiences nationwide - will wear this new set of songs.
Label: Smart Punk Records