Rejoice! Those of you who favour Eastpack resistance backpacks, flannel shirts and black thick-rimmed glasses and bands like The Promise Ring (â€œproper emoâ€Â) then youâ€™ll be pleased to hear that Rival Schools have reformed! Led by ‘Iâ€™ve been in lots of good bandsâ€™ frontman, Walter Schreifels, the emo/post-hardcore supergroup will be visiting our fair shores this year for several live dates, which run as follows:
11 London Kingâ€™s College (very nice place, has upstairs toilets)
13 Donington Download Festival (LOL)
17 Birmingham Academy II
18 Leeds Cockpit
19 Glasgow King Tutâ€™s
20 London Radio One Rock Show Session at Maida Vale
21 Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
They are also expected to release a new album sometime this year, details to be confirmed sometime in the future. After the band split in 2003, a second album was rumoured to be circulating the information super-highway and was at one point available from Schreifelsâ€™ website. Although, it is thought to have been a b-sides compilation. Those unfamiliar with the work of Schreifels should note that he played in 80s New York hardcore bands, Youth of Today and Gorilla Biscuits as well as emo-types, Quicksand.
Also, I’ve decided they do sound a little like Bush, but y’know…. a good version of Bush.
*Awaits being stoned to death by die-hard Rival Schools fans*
Here’s a video of Rival Schools playing ‘Used For Glue.’ Proper good.