Rival Schools - Pedals

Amiable listening
Rival Schools - Pedals
And my sixteen-year-old-self waits with baited-breath, wracked with the same nervous excitement I had a decade ago except this time, there’s anticipation and expectation, justification, even, for an album I’ve waited almost half my life for.

Instantly recognisable with Walter Schreifels’ sinewy vocal at the forefront of choppy guitar dynamics and familiarly comforting post-punk melodies, lead single ‘Shot After Shot’ wins the race for immediacy but amidst the largely amiable listening, ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ is the vibrant snapshot of the contemporary Rival Schools - by no means perfect but they made it.

7/10

Words by REEF YOUNIS



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