Rival Town - Sound In The Signals Interview

I recently had the opportunity to interview Bryce of Rival Town ahead of the release of their new song, “Coming Up Short”, which is out Friday, February 19th. We discussed how the new song is a bit out of their comfort zone, being featured on the singles compilation from Lost Music Collective, how the uncertainty in the world is impacting their releases, and more. Check it out below.

First, thanks for the interview.

No problem, thanks for reaching out to us! This is Bryce by the way, one of the guitarists.

You have a new song coming out February 19th. What can you tell me about it?

We certainly do. We tried to do something a little different on this one and play a little bit out of our comfort zone. We really think people are going to respond well to it though. Super super catchy.

Your song “Swear Jar” from last year is one of my favorite songs from the band. Can you tell me about writing that song specifically? 

I wrote that song in March of last year. It was a guitar riff that I had been playing around with for a while but wasn’t sure the direction I wanted to take it. The only thing I was confident about, was that I wanted the catchiest opening verse possible. Once I wrote the initial vocal lines, the rest of the song came together really easily actually. I’m hyped at how much people have been responding to it.

It was also announced recently that you will be a part of the singles compilation that Lost Music Collective is releasing on vinyl. Is this the first time you’ve had your music pressed on vinyl? How important is it for you to have your music on vinyl?

Honestly, that was more of the labels idea. Obviously we were excited to be a part of it. The whole vinyl thing is fun and kind of a novelty piece of merchandise. I’m sure one day we’ll do more pressings of our releases on vinyl.

What are a couple of your favorite songs that will be featured on that compilation?

I think our song “The One Who Pushed” is the single that will be attached to that release. It’s super bouncy and has some huge hooks. I’m so excited to be able to play that live one day. 

Lost Music Collective has a really great roster right now. What’s your experience been like on the label?

We’ve enjoyed being a part of the team. The label has a really cool family vibe which is refreshing. We usually have zoom calls every couple of weeks with all the bands and members on the roster. We’re really excited to see how the label grows over the next while.

What’s coming up for the band this year? Is there any chance that we’ll hear an album or an EP?

We’re sitting on a whole bunch of written music, but we’ve just been strategically trying to figure out how to drop it. With the uncertainty of the world, it’s a bit nerve-wracking to put out a full release if you can’t take it on the road after. For the foreseeable future I think we’re sticking to singles for now.

Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions. Do you have anything else that you would like to add?

Anytime! Thanks again for hitting us up. If you’re looking for us on social media, just google Rival Town and most of our accounts should be a click away. Stay safe out there, wear your masks and keep rocking.

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