With the bands Gorilla Biscuits and Quicksand, singer/guitarist Walter Schreifels helped spread the good word of the New York Hard Core scene worldwide.
It's been over half a decade since Schreifels has been visible on the music scene, but his latest project, Rival Schools
, puts an end to the draught. The band was named after a video game (Rival Schools United By Fate), but, due to legal wrangling, they had to shorten it to Rival Schools. (In bratty fashion, the band has named its debut album United By Fate
) The band's debut will not disappoint fans of Quicksand, with its irresistible hooks, passionate lyrics and vocals, and muscular riffs. But Schreifels, like his fans, has matured a bit in his writing and the songs are a little more radio-friendly. But it's not as if there are techno-beats and rap cameos: United By Fate
is a strong, focussed and mind-bogglingly well-crafted album for fans of "alternative" Rock music circa the '90s, before Rock bands needed gimmicks or trendiness to get attention.
At Bogart's on Sunday with Dashboard Confessional.