young-rivalsHappy Mondays’ Gary Whelan says about Canadian three piece Young Rival: “The Beach Boys meet the Sex Pistols.” There’s no denying that there’s something sleek, catchy and stylish about these three Ontario natives.

The very interesting video, for their excellent new single ‘Two Reasons’, is a collaboration between the band and Michigan artist James Kuhn.

The track (out May 6th on Sonic Unyon) is a taught set of angular melodies, tinged with joyful regret.

Young Rival, Aron D’Alesio (guitar/vox) John Smith (bass) and Noah Fralick (drums), know exactly what they’re doing and they’re honest and unapologetic about their reasons for doing it:

“We just want to bring a party. Make sure everyone has a blast. We want to write songs that would be fun to play live night after night.”

May 14 at The Garage (upstairs)
May 16-18 at The Great Escape.