Rival Waves is:
Joel De La Garza: Vocals, Guitar
Marc Schulz: Guitar
Erik Salinas: Guitar
Paul Pinon: Drums
Dave McLeod: Bass
On the heels of the successful release of their first two singles, which have netted the band over 200,000 digital streams, Rival Waves released their debut album, TRANSDUCER, on August 10, 2018. This guitar-fueled, fiercely earnest collection of songs merge the best of the rock anthems of Foo Fighters with the self-awareness and intellectual proclivity of Fugazi. The band’s desire to bridge the connection between art and audience, as well as their love for musical experimentation, bleeds through on every track as they explore the ever-increasing politicization of our world and our desire to navigate our way through the chaos.
As Rival Waves singer/songwriter Joel De La Garza explains:
“The music is loud and intense, but lyrically, and it’s all up to the listener’s interpretation, we’re just seeking to resolve issues—whether they be personal or how we see the world around us. We’re looking to show audiences how we feel about this life of constant conflict. That we’re all seeking some kind of order from the chaos.”
Infused with De La Garza’s love of classic, alternative and punk rock, his south Texas upbringing, and a desire to reach audiences in new and meaningful ways, TRANSDUCER is a singular and topical release that lays bare the best and most profound facets of the human experience and the current world we all struggle to understand and journey through.
Rival Waves wrapped up a busy 2019 with a series of shows before heading into the studio with new drummer Paul Pinon and bassist Dave McLeod in tow to record their first full-length effort. The band teamed up with Grammy-nominated producer Chris “Frenchie” Smith at The Bubble Recording Studio in December 2019 and are set to release A Meaningless Chaos in 2020.
RIVAL WAVES RECORD
A MEANINGLESS CHAOS
2020 sees Rival Waves release their 1st full length LP. This 11-song collection, entitled A Meaningless Chaos, was recorded over four days in December 2019 at The Bubble in Austin, TX with Grammy-nominated Producer Chris “Frenchie” Smith (…Trail of Dead, Jet, Toadies). Each of these powerful tracks find the band firing on all cylinders in a multi-genre, completely collaborative experience.
A Meaningless Chaos serves to take listeners on a journey through the loss, the fear, the anger, the complete resignation, and the determined, clear eyed optimism of life. It is a story as old as time, but also a journey that so many in and around the band have experienced over the last few years.
We could not be more proud of this new album – and can’t wait for you to experience it!