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RIVAL TOWN – ‘Make It Work’ EP Review

RIVAL TOWN – Make It Work

Rival TownOntario pop-punk outfit Rival Town have announced their upcoming EP. Make it Work and is set to drop on October 20th via Manic Kat Records.

Last year, Rival Town toured Canada extensively gathering new fans with every show and enhancing their reputation as a force to be reckoned with on their live show. This was highlighted by their spot at Blackout Fest alongside Hawthorne Heights.

The group signed with New Jersey-based record label Manic Kat Records in the Fall of 2015. Their first full length record Call It Like It Is debuted with the label the following April.

The six-track EP opens with Colder, a song full of emo-style vocals, power chords, pounding drums and rolling bass power. The songs are complex and intricate throughout and replete with emotion. On Subjective, the band do not forsake any of the power with a superb opening driven by some excellent bass and pounding drums. The lyrics and vocals are pleading full of longing as the musical backing propels the song along.

Shot Down is carried by a soaring guitar riff and those signature vocals all helping to produce a Propagandhi vibe. The longest track on the EP, Open Windows clocks in at over four minutes and this allows the band to experiment with changes in tempo, a more forward vocal and changes in direction with some terrific sections.

The next to last song, See Through offers a brief respite with some softly strummed guitar chords before exploding into a monster of a song. The last song, Untitled lasts for just 89 seconds but Rival Town manage to pack in enough emotion and power into the package to deliver a very satisfying and strong conclusion to a super EP.

Grab a bit of Rival Town and their Make It Work EP here:




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