Answered by Allen Salmon of The Rival

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Great! Excited about SANDS being released October 7th!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “My Own Devices”? Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Phillip has a family member that has been through hell with their partner and it’s been difficult to watch. We wrote ‘My Own Devices’ by putting ourselves in their shoes, imagining what it must feel like to try and fix what is broken and get back to that sense of home. Musically, we wanted to pay tribute to some of the great 90s albums we grew up with, from Jeff Buckley to Weezer, and experiment with a sound that felt like home to us.

Any plans to release a video for the single? 

Not right now.

The single comes off your new album Sands – what’s the story behind the title?

Within a year we are releasing three 5 song EPs. WAVES was the first. We are following that up with SANDS and then PEAKS. Each EP will focus on a different topography and different emotions. So we’re really looking forward to see what our fans think!

Therefore, it isn’t a concept album or is it?

Kind of but in maybe more of an abstract way. It doesn’t circle around one lyrical concept or story, but does circle around certain emotions we felt were inspired by the desert.

How was the recording and writing process?

We write and record at Allen’s studio, appropriately named Rival Giants. Once we had the concept of the EPs, it helped us filter our ideas through that. We would usually spend 5-7 days coming up with song ideas and writing as well as doing some preproduction. Then we started building on those ideas, adding guitars, keys, drums (played by Ben Phillips), strings, whatever we felt the songs needed. Then after a month or so it was time to mix!

What role does Nashville play in your music?

A pretty huge one! Since we both kind of musically “grew up” in Nashville, the scene has definitely played a role in our development as song writers and producers. It’s a song writers town, and you kind of can’t help but learn and be challenged by it.

What aspects of the sand (desert) did you get to explore on this material?

There are several themes of wandering, running, being lost, that we felt like spoke to us in a desert setting. “My Own Devices” specifically speaks to wanting to find a way home, of being a bit lost.

How did tragedy get to influence this album? 

see above for “My Own Devices”.

Any plans to hit the road?

Not at the moment, but we try our best to keep people updated about upcoming shows by posting to our website and social media.

What else is happening next in The Rival’s world?

SANDS is releasing October 7th and we’ve already starting working on the next EP, PEAKS, that will come out early next year!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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