RIVALS is a dark pop-rock band from Los Angeles, CA formed in 2014 by vocalist Kalie Wolfe , bassist Sebastian Chamberlain , guitarist Micket Woodle and drummer Josh Alves. 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 Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Story Untold and Uh Huh Baby Yeah!, in addition to sharing a lineup with acts like, 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, Sennheiser and TRX Cymbals . In 2016, RIVALS gained mass attention with their unique take on twenty one pilotsʼ track, “ Heathens ,” which has garnered over 700,000 listens collectively across Spotify, YouTube and other streaming platforms. Now, the band has unveiled their first full-length LP, Damned Soul , which was released on February 2, 2018 via SmartPunk Records . Damned Soul was 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, Falling In Reverse). Filled with 10 powerful and emotional tracks, Damned Soul has gathered over 1,200,000 total streams across all platforms.
"...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" - Substream Magazine