On Repeat: True Rivals

Having song lyrics running through my head is nothing new since music is a general default in one way shape or form pretty much at all times. Lately I’ve found that accompanying that fantabulous post concert rush a specific song lyric has been sneaking in no matter what band I had just seen live.

“The feeling at the show
No, you can’t take that from us”

That line, from “Can’t Take That From Us” by the LA punk band, True Rivals, was one that made me stop and think “YES! THIS!” when I first heard it. The other lyrics in that song are about a band being out on the road on tour, or at least that is how I read it, but I’m a firm believer that music is about connection as a whole and tying it to your own experiences.

Though I wish I could say I discovered this band at an actual show, I ended up finding them last fall via one of my favorites on YouTube, Cherry Dollface. Cherry had posted videos with Trevor and Derik and shared some music as well. One song turned into checking out others by the band and I was immediately hooked. I loved the music so much that I even got the LP from the international sale since the domestic set sold out. Getting the limited edition with a screen printed sleeve was worth the extra shipping.

I know saying “punk band” can mean almost anything these days but to me this is that excellent “LA/CA” punk sound that I’ve loved for a long time. I truly believe region does affect music. (Midwestern/Chicago punk has a certain element that ties it together as well.) Think bands like Rancid, Bouncing Souls, Distillers (but without female vocals.) The music makes me want to go to a show and jump in the pit though my serious moshing days are over. (My last was a Rancid pit and I want to end on a high note.)

Since a trip to LA is on my “Hopefully Someday” list, I’ll just be blasting their music with fingers crossed that they’ll end up playing in Chicago before then.

So I get this post all set and ready to go for when I had it planned to post.

Then this happened: wears punk band shirt worn to a multiple punk band show.

Rocking @truerivals at #FatWrecked in #Chicago #HOB! #truerivals

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And then THIS happened: meets band member of band of punk band shirt worn to a multiple punk band show.

That last sentence was awkward on purpose. Please note that the goofy grin was since Trevor was at the same show in Chicago, and took the time to come down and find ME. I was in a crazy good mood because it was the Fat Wreck 25th anniversary show and this just amped it up more. He was super cool about it all. I usually manage to not fully music geek out but this time I couldn’t help it.

And since it is still relevant, I will end this revised post with the same closing as initially intended since it still rings true, pun intended…

Since a trip to LA is on my “Hopefully Someday” list, I’ll just be blasting their music with fingers crossed that they’ll end up playing in Chicago before then.