Quartet rockers Rival Schools have been awfully busy. They’re in the midst of an East Coast tour and have just announced a West Coast tour. You can catch them here:
05/20: Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
05/21: Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
05/23: San Jose, CA @ The Blank Club
05/24: San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
05/26: Portland, OR @ Peter’s Room
05/27: Portland, OR @ Sasquatch Festival
The band has also just released a video for their latest single, “Wring It Out.” The single is from their just-released sophomore album, Pdeals.
Rejoice. With their first studio album since 2001’s United by Fate, New York rock outfit Rival Schools, release their first single for Pedals, due out March 8, 2011. In an effort to satiate those in wait for the past ten years, the song, “Shot After Shot,” is out now on Itunes as a deluxe single, featuring both the original and acoustic versions, along with the video and a b-side, “Arranged Marriages.”
Check out the official video for “Shot After Shot.”
Rival Schools have been hard at work on a shiny new album, which they are calling Pedals. The group took a break from touring with Gaslight Anthem to record a music video off of Pedals for your viewing pleasure.
Although it’s been almost a decade since Rival Schools released their influential debut United By Fate the music video shows that the band as been focused on tightening their sound and improving.
You can find Pedalsfor sale this March (the 8th, actually) on Photo Finish/Atlantic Records.
Catch the first video for the song “Shot After Shot” right here.
Singer/songwriter Walter Schreifels is no stranger to fame or life as a musician. His name most likely sounds very familar to you. Just reading his biography brings me back to a handful of bands that I loved from mid 90’s radio. Yes kids, that’s when we had to wait all day for our favorite songs to come on the station and we’d tape them (if we only had iTunes!).
Schreifels is best known for his work as singer of Gorilla Biscuits and Youth of Today. From then he moved on to sing in Quicksand and Rival Schools. After that he joined punk band CIV. Phew.
Now he is on to a new chapter in his life by releasing his first solo album An Open Letter To The Scene (Academy Fight Song) that comes out today. He is no longer, as American Analog Set would put it, “punk as fuck,” and has taken on a more Paul Westerberg meets Jon Brion meets Nada Surf kind of sound. This is truely a record to give a listen to.
Just releasing his first video from the album of the song “Arthur Lee’s Lullaby,” it’s obvious that he has broken away from a majority of his punk roots, but the outcome is perhaps his finest work. If you don’t mind me saying. He takes singer/songwriter to a new level and beyond.
Watch the video for “Arthur Lee’s Lullaby”