RIVALS STIKE A BALANCE BETWEEN POP AND POST-HARDCORE RIFFS WITH ‘SAD LOOKS PRETTY ON ME’

Rivals are set to release their new LP, Sad Looks Pretty On Me, on Friday March 19, 2021 via Smartpunk. Music fans from nu-metal to pop rock will find this LP an exquisite treat of genre-blurred excellence, discovering fresh surprises that are tucked around every corner throughout their listening experience.

This album contains delightful pop-infused metal, a theme that is emphasized with the album’s guest features. Pop artist Dutch Melrose appears on “Change Things,” and Nu-Metal vocalist Elijah Witt (of Cane Hill) is featured on “Fake Rich.” Rivals strike a balance between pop’s catchy hooks and post-hardcore riffs that work to build the band’s dark pop sound around each of the featured artist’s respective talents.

The album is masterfully mixed and contains 80s and 90s-inspired synth as well as raw, macabre lyrics reminiscent of Dream State and classic Bring Me The Horizon. The lyrical content of “Are You Listening?,” “Why” and “To: Dom” illustrate the band’s ability to express powerful emotions through their unique vocal styling. Even the more upbeat, pop-leaning songs like “Strawberries” and “On the Loose” contain more sinister undertones. The beauty of these raw vocals blend with the powerful, heavy riffs and nostalgic pop synth that becomes a reoccurring dark and brooding pop rock theme for Sad Looks Pretty On Me.

With hooks fit for top 40 lists woven with a dark undertone drawn from heavy core roots, Rivals builds a sound fit for mainstream listeners and pit moshers, alike.

Preorder and get your bedroom-mosher moves ready for the highly anticipated Sad Looks Pretty on Me, out via Smartpunk on March 19.

TAGS: Rivals | Smartpunk


Tyra Brunz

Email: tyra.spinningthoughts@outlook.com
Twitter: @ThatAwesomeTyra

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