The Rivalry made up of Adam Carson on vocals, Andrew Jones, on guitar, Jesse Blankenship, on Bass, Keegan Kelly on drums and Billy Herchenbach on guitar is an ambient groove rock band right here out of Nashville.
But just what is ambient groove rock you ask?
Luckily Adam Carson, lead singer and Keegan Kelly, the drummer of the Rivalry took some time to clarify about the genre, the guys in the band, and their awesome new EP out of BlackBird Studios.
According to drummer Keegan “Ambient Groove Rock to us is: We take the ambiance
of a lot of delay with guitar: Andrew is kind of prone to that over the past few years. I guess the groove, our base player is really into funky sounding base lines, really hard hitting. I guess the rock is pretty self explanatory.”
As for their favorite song on the new EP the band seems to be in agreement that their favorite song to
perform is “The Good View.” Keegan added that not only has it got the band’s favorite status, that “It’s our newest song we’re performing live.”
There’s not only new music coming from the band, but also new relationships! Andrew, the band’s
guitar player has just recently gotten married. Luckily relationships don’t affect the band’s productivity. Adam says “We’ve all been pretty dedicated.” He describes Andrew’s wife as “lovely” and he also said “I’m currently dating someone who’s been the muse for two songs, so far it’s all been positive.”
Adam didn’t say which songs were inspired by his lady love, but you can listen to the EP and take a guess for yourself.
Whether or not it’s about someone in real life, the song that really captures an ambient but fierce sort
of love is ‘Josephine’s Ghost.’ Its haunting and lovelorn with a lot of rock and perhaps just a slight nod to Sublime. It’s definitely a song to add to your new playlist or catch at one of The Rivalry’s live shows.
Speaking of shows and local Nashville hotspot, when asked about favorite Nashville venues, Keegan says “Venues we’ve played already, my favorite so far would be a toss up between The End and The East Room.” Adam adds “It (The End) was where we played our first show…we will be playing there again on the 29th.”
Not only have The End and The East Room been influential spots for the band, The Rivalry has been in the studio with Austin Seltzer at BlackBird Studios, a place that has brought for their new EP set to come in December or January of 2016. On creating at Blackbird, Keegan says “A really big highlight for me personally I guess I really enjoyed having the freedom to kinda play around with the set up they provided for me. They were very easy to work with. There was no pushing, no feeling of being rushed.” He went on to say that “The Engineers... They couldn’t have been better. The other thing just the equipment that was at our disposal was ridiculous.”
Adam added “I’d have to say the pedigree of the building itself, so many magical performances have
been captured in that place.” Adam also said of working on the new music “This is a dream come true really.”
Adam, lead singer and newest to Nashville explains “I was the latest edition, all these guys kinda have known each other. I came from New Jersey about three years ago. Joel Roderick, he was running an open mic and that’s where I met Keegan...”
The magic and the music with all of the guys stemmed from there and has culminated in the form of
their collective sound and the new EP.
Not only is teasing the new EP (see more at www.facebook.com/TheRivalryBand), but the band has also been causing quite a stir on 102.9 The Buzz with their song “Rise.”
With songs like “Rise” it’s no wonder that The Rivalry is catching the ears of radio folk and underground listener alike.
To find out more about the men of The Rivalry, you can see them on Instagram: @therivalryofficial,
Twitter: @TheRivalryTN, at Reverb: @Rivalryseven and of course on their hot facebook homepage
And of course, don’t forget to catch them at their next live show on Nov. 29th at The End where the guys of The Rivalry will be playing along with Ravenhill, Yesteryear, and Well Wisher. Spoiler Alert: They will be debuting their favorite new song “The Good Year” for the first time at the Nov 29th show! Don’t miss it!