Young Rival ‘Interior Light’ – ALBUM REVIEW

This Young Rival was written by Adam Stevenson, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Gavin Wells

Canadian Indie rockers Young Rival have come a long way since the early 2000’s and the standard
lo-fi sound that they were slinging under their former name, The Ride Theory. After a gear shift in terms of both musical direction and style in 2007, as well as the departure of then Guitarist Kyle Kuchmey in 2009, the band was able to push on and release two albums. Their debut, a self titled album in 2010 was followed up by the superb ‘Stay Young’ in 2012. Now, Young Rival are back with their third – ‘Interior Light’. It is by all accounts, a story of a strange journey through the surreal; as they start at one end of the spectrum and end at the other.

In their opening track, ‘Carry The Weight’, they deliver a reconstructed Strokes number that feels like it’s been played through an underground station’s PA system. The chilling tin can style vocals from Aron D’Alesio match well with the thrashing, reverberating Guitar strums and the hypnotic echoing whale-like moans that litter the track. The title track of the album again oozes that Indie Rock sentimentality of a post-2000’s Strokes song and Julian Casablancas‘ indifferent vocal stylings – but with a hint of the 90’s British shoe gazing scene. It’s Indie Pop bliss. It’s strong persistent bass line, played to perfection by John Smith, combined with tweaked Guitar waves invoke a calming yet unsettling feel at the same time.

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The final song on the album blends a lush spacey finger-picking style promoted by The Cure and the cheery harmonic vocals of The Beautiful South. ‘That’s Chemistry’ is the pick of the bunch and is vastly different from the opening track with its lighter Pop vibe. The track feels like a conclusion to a fable, with its downbeat lyrics but with a breezy Pop melody and light Percussion from Drummer Noah Fralick.

With ‘Interior Light’, Young Rival have hit that perfect balance required of a very decent Indie Rock band , yet it’s hard to pin point exactly what that is. They do have that familiar sound that we have all heard before, that White Stripes raw production feel and catchy choruses but somehow they make it seem fresh and entirely their own.

‘Interior Light’ is out now via Paper bag records.

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