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Rival Boys – Animal Instincts (2014)

12-11-2014, 16:21
Music | Rock | Alternative | Indie | FLAC / APE

Rival Boys – Animal Instincts (2014)

Artist: Rival Boys
Title Of Album: Animal Instincts
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Universal Music
Genre: Indie Rock
Quality: Mp3 | Flac
Bitrate: 320 kbps | Lossless
Total Time: 36:29 Min
Total Size: 100 Mb | 245 Mb


1. Fortune
2. Animal Instincts
3. Young and Old
4. Cannonball
5. Construction Work
6. I'll Believe In Anything
7. Cruel Words
8. Valentine Notes
9. Don't Bloom
10. Lives of Plants and Animals

There is not much to the Rival Boys’ sound. There’s only so much a three-piece band can muster. Fortunately for the Toronto indie rock trio, their lack of resources is not a hindrance. As their second album, Animal Instincts, portrays, small numbers can have as much of an impact as a grand ensemble.

At the forefront are sister and brother duo Lee and Graeme Rose. Lee is the multitasking maestro, providing lead vocals, bass, and electric violin. Guitarist Graeme pitches in with the harmony as well. The percussive pyrotechnics by Sam Sholdice complete what is an impactful brand of minimalist rock.

For further proof of how little is needed for this band to become enthralling, take the electric violin into account. It brings about serenity on “Young And Old” and boils over into mania on “Cruel Words.” On “Construction Work” the fragile strings are sensitive to each passing swipe of the bow. “I’ll Believe In Anything,” the band’s cover of a Wolf Parade hit, features a delicate violin that minutes in symphonic fashion. Lee takes the violin from its classical confines and lets it breathe. The violin’s prominence should not be confused with the likes of other rock adopters of the stringed instrument like Yellowcard. This isn’t rock virtuoso violin, its accent violin. All of the other components speak for themselves, but the violin is the tilde, the umlaut, speaking with a sharp tone.

“Cruel Words” is where Rival Boys are their most volatile. Besides the aforementioned violin, Lee’s bass and Sholdice’s drumming create a critical mass effect that keeps building until this song goes thermonuclear. For all the anxiety that the rat-a-tat-tat creates, it all gets blown sky high as Lee’s once delicate vocals go through the roof.

In spurts, the record focuses on themes of change and renewal. Sometimes, though, there’s resistance to growth such as the momentary pause on “Don’t Bloom.” Other times, there is an Ecology 101 lesson afoot like “Lives of Plants and Animals.” “Don’t Bloom” romanticizes the fleeting joys of summer in a simmering melody and scintillating vocals. “Lives of Plants and Animals” is renewed with a fruitful, full bore bass driven melody. Both use their seasonal metaphors to their advantage, whether it is a reluctance to let emotions bloom or uprooting yourself and transplanting somewhere more hospitable.

Animal Instincts does so much with so little that you forget you are listening to a small, three-piece band. Lee Rose’s multi-instrumentalist method is to thank for making Animal Instincts an all-consuming listen. The violin draws you in before the bass wraps you up tightly. Rival Boys gathers all it can muster without stretching itself too thin.

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