What gets you out of bed each morning? What’s the fire that, despite a bad day, keeps you moving forward? Don’t lose sight of that. Those passions are what make life worth living. For four friends in LA, Rival Tides is that fire.
Since their inception in late 2012, the LA-based rock band continues to be driven by their shared love of creating music, performing, and connecting with others. “In fact, one could fathom that these [ ] songs were recorded with the live setting in mind as they are all bombastic and energetic.” (MindEqualsBlown, April 2016)
Rival Tides’ “…skilled guitar noodling, muscular drumming and lead vocals that pack both sincerity and intensity in equal measure” (Music Connection, May 2016) is often compared to acts such as Hands Like Houses and I the Mighy, while pulling influences from artists such as Thrice, Anberlin, and Saosin.
The group, consisting of Robyn August, Spencer Kent, Jason Friday, and Greg Fulleman, has two independently-released EPs under their belt, both produced by Erik Ron (Godsmack, New Years Day), and spent the last year writing and preparing for the next stage in the band.
After previously spending too much time worrying about the ever-changing sounds of the music scenes of LA, the band decided to regroup and create an album full of songs they would love to hear and have fun playing. Music that doesn’t come from a place of passion isn’t worth spending time on.
They recently tracked their first full-length album, “My God Is Fire,” produced by Beau Burchell (Saosin, The Bronx, Senses Fail). It will be released on March 15, 2019, to an ever-growing audience, including a devoted mass of Indiegogo supporters whose pledges helped fund the recording of the 10-track record.
With the release of “My God is Fire,” the band hopes their music’s message serves as a directive to listeners to hold strong to their passions and don’t let the burdens of life get in the way.
The Active Set
The Active Set was formed by Los Angeles native Matthew Stolarz, fighting the dissatisfaction of continually playing in other people’s bands. Inspired by the energy and intelligence of post-punk, new wave, Britpop and emo, Stolarz had written an abundance of material that needed a proper home. Collaborating in the studio with producer Jason LaRocca, the first self-titled EP was created.
The band became regulars in the L.A. indie music scene. After a successful bout of touring the west coast they began work on their first album “11”. It was released to fantastic reviews including a feature in the L.A. Times, celebrating the album’s energy and eclecticism. The album also spawned three music videos, including the visceral “Famous For Dying”. They continued to support the album, traveling to SXSW and eventually touring with Neon Trees and AWOL Nation.
Back in L.A. the band started writing new material and continued playing up and down California, including Sunset Strip Music Festival where they were voted one of the “Top 5 bands at SSMF”. All focus went on finishing the EP "Lights". The single “Shut ’’Em Down” spent several months playing on KROQ Locals Only. The band continued touring regionally and played two sold out shows with Bloc Party prior to their appearance at FYF Fest.
With a new perspective, the band opted to scrap all their earlier demos and wrote a new EP from scratch, teaming up once again with producer Jason LaRocca. The EP "Everything Changes” (with the boisterous “Let’s Go Out Tonight” and emotional “Say Goodbye”) brought in a more diverse audience for the band. With the decision not to tour the EP, the band began work on a new full-length.