Radio Birdman, My Disco, jesus lizard
Mike, Brad, Jay
Mess Hall, Cosmic Psychos, Black Rebel Motorcylce Club
Red Rival has done a lot since they first reared their heads in 06. They’ve played relentlessly, and developed an ever-evolving bunch of songs that cover garage, post-punk weirdness and abstract psychedelia. In December 2006, they won Triple J Unearthed. They played the dusk slot at the Falls Festival and were the only Tasmanian rock band invited to play the inaugural Southern Roots Festival alongside Gomez, Wolfmother and the Pixies. You can catch them on hip stations like Edge (Hobart), PBS (Melbourne), Triple J and WLUW (Chicago). In early 2008, following on from a successful tour taking in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, they were nominated for a number of Amplified Awards (Tasmania's major music awards) and were voted Tasmania's best up and coming band. Their website - www.redrivaltheband.com - also won the award for best web presence. Most of 2009 has had Red Rival locked down in the studio recording their full-length debut album, the follow up to their blistering 2007 E.P Up All Night. The track "Control" from the forth coming release is featured on the 2009 Amplified CD in which the band has also been nominated for "Best Rock Act" at the 2009 Amplified awards.
There's nothing like a bit of rock n roll to get you ready for the New Year. Red Rival serve up classic guitar-driven rock with thumping drums - solid stuff!
Red Rival are the winners of our TAS Falls Festival competition. More about this competition »
Congratulations on winning the TAS Falls Festival competition!
Thanks! It was a complete shock.
What can the crowd expect from you when you hit the stage at Marion Bay?
We’re pretty excited about playing. We’ve been working on these songs for a while now and it will be good to get out there and play in front of a few people. It’s going to be loud and pretty raucous. I think all the nervous energy is going to take over when we get out there, so I’m not really sure what’s going to happen.
The Falls line-up is impressive - who are you most excited about sharing the stage with?
I’m looking forward to seeing the Bees and You Am I. Mike and I went to Splendour this year and we were blown away by You Am I. God bless Timmy, Rusty, Andy and Dave.
Tell us a bit about the local music scene in Hobart.
The scene is small, as you’d expect, but there’s some really great music here. It’s a bit embarrassing winning this, because I think bands like the Bad Luck Charms, the Scandal, Midnight Caller and our drummer Jay’s other band, the Ragged Anns, kick our arses. There’s a fairly strong DIY ethos and I think that makes the ‘scene’, such as it is, a bit more interesting.
What’s the best thing about being in Red Rival?
I think the best thing is writing songs with the other guys, and jamming.
...and the worst?
The band nearly broke up a couple of months back. It was all very Spinal Tapp for a while, but since we got our new drummer things have been looking up.
Got any New Years resolutions?
I want to play a lot of gigs with Red Rival and do some recording.
Australian music is…
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