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Dark pop-rock powerhouse RIVALS dropped their first full-length album, Damned Soul, today via Smartpunk Records. Damned Soul is a 10-track banger produced by John Espy(Red Jumpsuit Apparatus) and Aaron Edwards (Sick Puppies, Elohim, The Cab), with additional writing for drums and mixing/mastering by Cody Stewart (The Browning, Rings of Saturn, Falsifier).
From the release comes RIVALS’ latest singles including “Low,” “Over It,” and “Moonlit” which Substream Magazine penned “the perfect introduction into the “dark pop” style that RIVALS has worked so hard to create- the hooks are monumental without feeling bubblegum, allowing the emotions to ruminate and not feel immediately cheapened by how unbelievably catchy each and every chorus is.” Treating fans to an early listen of the album, yesterday RIVALS paired up with idobi Radio to stream Damned Soul in full and go behind the release with an exclusive track-by-track. On the release of their debut album, vocalist Kalie Wolfe states:
“Damned Soul is out after almost three years of writing, recording, and getting everything together. What a beautiful and fulfilling road it’s been, and it’s just the beginning. Playing songs on the road this tour and being able to see all the reactions and the love has been such a euphoric experience. We cannot thank everyone enough. We love you all!” – Kalie Wolfe
RIVALS is a dark pop-rock band from Los Angeles, CA formed in 2014 by vocalist Kalie Wolfe, bassist Sebastian Chamberlain, and guitarist Micket Woodle. Driven by Wolfe’s powerhouse vocals and the band’s infectious yet raw sound, RIVALS is fueled by powerful and energetic songwriting, bringing forth a type of fearlessness in their music that stands out among the rest. Since the release of their debut EP in 2015, titled Haunted/Hunted, the band has been making waves and for good reason.
Revered by many on their live performance, RIVALS has previously toured the country with bands like Story Untold, Uh Huh Baby Yeah!, and Best Kept Secret, in addition to sharing a lineup with acts like Assuming We Survive, The Word Alive, and Oceans Ate Alaska on the 2014 Vans Warped Tour. The band’s impressive live performances also led to partnerships with MEE Audio, D’Addario, SJC Drums and TRX Cymbals. In 2016, RIVALS gained mass attention with their unique take on twenty one pilotsʼ track, “Heathens,” which has garnered over 350,000 listens collectively across Spotify, YouTube and other streaming platforms. Now, the band is gearing up to unveil their first full-length LP, Damned Soul, which is set to be the debut album that fans have been waiting for.
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