Austin Rock Band RIVAL WAVES Navigates The Chaos
of the Modern World with Debut Album, “TRANSDUCER”
Following up on the successful release of their first two singles, which have netted the band well over 150,000 digital streams, several playlist placements, and garnered fans from Austin to Argentina, RIVAL WAVES is set to release 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 awareness and intellectual curiosity of Fugazi.
Since the band’s 2016 inception, RIVAL WAVES has embarked on earning their place as one of the most exciting and innovative new rock acts in the Austin music scene. Their distortion-soaked, hard driving rhythms married with the sweeping personal and political themes of their songs have earned them initial comparisons to Pearl Jam and U2.
After a handful of pivotal performances in 2017, Rival Waves kicked off 2018 playing to packed rooms during Free Week at Stubb's and Empire Control Room along with iconic Austin rock bands OTIS the Destroyer and Megafauna, further solidifying their growing reputation for muscular, incendiary live shows. The band proceeded to check a few more Austin landmarks off their list with an impassioned performance at The Parish alongside Red Sun Rising in May and a dynamic performance opening for Young Rising Sons at 3TEN at ACL Live. July 2018 also found the band selected as The Deli Magazine Austin Emerging Artist of the Month.
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 his 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.
Artist: Rival Waves
Release Date: August 10, 2018