“Young Rival are set to tour Ontario and Quebec in 2016 in support of their new album Interior Light
which is available now on Paper Bag Records
. A full list of dates can be found below with album release shows happening this week in Toronto
For nearly a decade, the power trio Young Rival have been making some of the catchiest and wittiest garage pop in Hamilton, Ontario, with a deft facility for crafting smart earworms and delivering them with rambunctious energy. In addition to a handful of viral music videos, they have two critically acclaimed albums under their collective belt (2010’s self-titled debut and 2012’s Stay Young), not to mention a reputation as one of the rip-roaring-est live acts in Canada.
Yet, to keep the band sounding fresh-for them as well as for their fans-the three friends had to take a step back and reassess Young Rival: how they sounded, what they did, and how they did it. “It was definitely time for us to have a sitdown together and figure things out,” says Aron D’Alesio, the band’s singer, songwriter, and guitar player. It could have spelled the end of Young Rival, but instead, “we decided to switch things up. Do things differently. Try something new.”
The result of that process of intense self-examination is nothing less than a rebirth: Young Rival emerge on Interior Light sounding wiser, smarter, wilier, and weirder. Going for absolute broke, they’ve made a supremely gnarly indie psych album, raw and unpredictable, hilarious and often heartbreaking.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
December 17th – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
December 18th – Hamilton, ON @ Casbah
January 27th – Kingston, ON @ Grad Club
January 28th – Montreal, QC @ Belmount
January 29th – Ottawa, ON @ House of Targ
February 3rd – Waterloo, ON @ Starlight
February 4th – St. Catharines, ON @ Detour
February 5th – London, ON @ Rum Runners