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Rival Waves


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Rival Waves is a rock band from Austin, Texas, blending propulsive guitar-fueled sonics with a relentlessly fierce post-punk aesthetic.
Armed with arena-ready anthems reminiscent of Pearl Jam and U2, the band leans on a DIY ethos focused on the convergence of music and tech, a eye towards constant musical experimentation, and an earnest commitment to topics ranging from the personal to the sociopolitical - taking their cues from Fugazi as much as they do Foo Fighters.
Rival Waves began as a conceptual project that singer/songwriter Joel De La Garza developed during his time in grad school. The idea was to leverage the evolving tech landscape, and its ongoing disruption of the music industry, to develop a more engaged and immersed audience experience.
While tracking the project’s debut release, kismet struck in the form of an opportunity to collaborate with world-­class session musicians including: Jack Irons (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam), Satnam Ramgotra (Hans Zimmer), Martyn Lenoble (Porno for Pyros), Scott Koziol (Linkin Park), Nick Lashley (Alanis Morissette), and Teddy Kumpel (Nine Inch Nails). These experiences spurred efforts to take the project out of the studio and develop a live band.
In 2016, De La Garza joined forces with Marc Schulz, Erik Salinas, and Kelly Grizzle - Rival Waves was brought to life. The band's intense live shows have quickly generated a buzz among a burgeoning fanbase.
The band’s debut EP, TRANSDUCER, is due out in 2018.


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