Rival Waves Announces Debut LP, A Meaningless Chaos
Austin rock band Rival Waves has announced the release of its debut LP, A Meaningless Chaos. The album was helmed by Grammy-nominated producer Chris “Frenchie” Smith (Jet, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead) at The Bubble in Austin, Texas. The standard album will feature 11 songs, with three additional tracks exclusively available on a deluxe double vinyl edition.
Rival Waves arrived on the Austin music scene in 2016 with a unique blend of socio-conscious lyrics and a propulsive rock sound. Since then, the band has performed with Blue October, Bush, King Gizzard and MISSIO at notable Austin venues including Stubb’s, Mohawk, Empire Control Room, The Parish and 3TEN at ACL. The group’s 2018 EP, TRANSDUCER, was released in 2018 and earned them initial comparisons to Pearl Jam and U2.
On A Meaningless Chaos, the band teamed up with Frenchie Smith. Smith is a former member of Sixteen Deluxe and Young Heart Attack, and has produced records for …Trail of Dead, Gary Clark Jr., Meat Puppets, the Toadies, Jet and Jackie Venson. “As a combined team, we’ve never been more primed to release a significant, fiery rock record that has world-wide significance and is Grammy-worthy,” Smith said of A Meaningless Chaos.
Rival Waves’ lead singer, Joel De La Garza, says “kismet” best describes the creation of the album. “Frenchie was really aligned with our vision,” De La Garza said. “This chaotic time in history has been compounded by our personal traumas, and we wanted every song to reflect that chaos in its own profound way. We were very lucky to have someone who knew how to capture that on the album.”