An Interview with The Rival Boys, Playing The Garrison Tonight

Slobbering masses, please meet Lee, Graeme and Sam, aka The Rival Boys – quite certainly a charming bunch indeed.  The band, whose first full-length LP, “Mutual Feelings of Love,” will be ushered in with a bang this Friday June 3rd at The Garrison, dish about their media saturation, self-professed illiteracy, and all the things they truly love over pints of Rhino ale on the blusteriest of Parkdale patios.  

Describe your sound in five words
Grungy, exciting, melodramatic moody pop. 

If you could marry any fictional character, who would you wed?
Graeme- Willow Rosenberg
Sam – Annie Edison
Lee – Frank Pembleton

We all chose TV shows.  It’s because we’re completely illiterate. 

Your top five albums RIGHT NOW TODAY
Saxon by Wax Mannequin
Shine a Light by Constantines
Yank Crime by Drive Like Jehu
Time the Revelator by Gillian Welch
In Utero by Nirvana 

We look really impressive! 

Your favourite childhood television series
Graeme – The Simpsons
Lee – The Simpsons
Sam – Yeah, The Simpsons 

If you could be anywhere else on Earth right now, where would you be?
Lee – I’d be in Mexico
Graeme – Mexico
Sam – Not Mexico 

Which five cities would you choose for a fantasy tour, regardless of logistics?
NYC, Paris, San Francisco, Halifax, Hong Kong. 

Where do you love to sing?
Graeme – Pretty much only in the car by myself.
Lee – Anywhere in my house.
Sam – Quietly on the TTC until the person next to me looks at me and I realize I’m audible. 

What is the best show you’ve ever been to?
Lee – Constantines at the Horseshoe in 2006
Graeme – Holy Fuck at the Hillside Festival in Guelph in 2006 or 2007.
Sam – Muleskinner at Sessions at 73 in St. Catharines. 

What’s the best show you’ve ever played?
Graeme – The most fun show was probably one of the house party shows we played about three, three and a half years ago.
Sam – Kazoofest in Guelph about a month or so ago. 

What is your favourite rainy day activity?
Lee – Watching a movie.
Graeme – Marathoning a television show.
Sam – One of those. 

We are media-saturated people.  Fuck books.

~ Annie Webber 

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