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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Best Band You've Never Heard, Vol. III

Rival Schools

This band was here and gone so fast it was easy to miss. They released an EP (Rival Schools United By Onelinedrawing) and a full-length album (United By Fate) in the same year (2001). "United By Fate" is a well-written album and one of my favorites. It's just a bummer when a band this good doesn't last.

A bit of history ...

"Born out of a hearty hardcore pedigree, the members of Rival Schools stepped to the plate with a phenomenal history and the qualities that would point towards an amazing future. Singer and guitarist Walter Schreifels began making waves as the guitarist for '80s hardcore pioneers Gorilla Biscuits and then went on to influence the entire post-hardcore movement with his influential work in Quicksand.

Combing the live intensity of Quicksand with more exploratory guitars and a newly melodic singing approach from Schreifels, Rival School took the urgency of the new metal trend and gave it a solid heart and a thoughtful mind. In an age when music was becoming dominated by completely unbelievable faux rock, the band disposed of clich├ęs and focused on unbiased creativity."

You can listen to some songs here.

Credit | Fark This

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