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Rival State


During 2015 Rival State completed a run of dates with Wednesday 13 and Toseland in and they also appeared at Download Festival, BST in Hyde Park and Camden Rocks.

As the single shows perfectly the new record is another full throttle, five-song rush of Rock n Roll excellence. Filtering all their influences and attitude into well-honed songs that take a stadium pleasing approach to beaten up grunge riffs and a gift for writing hook heavy choruses, anthems with plenty of attitude.

After a very successful, No.1 release in their homeland followed by a break, and some travelling, they decided to make the life changing decision of all relocating to London in January 2014. The band - Nimal Fernando and brothers Jo, Stefan and Valdi Einarsson (Jo and Stefan are twins) hit the ground running as soon as they arrived in the UK. Live shows were quickly filling the diary, including Sonisphere, where a storming set lead to a full UK headline tour and onto their debut release – The Youth Tax EP.

The EP was recorded with Matt Hyde (Ash, Slipknot, Funeral For A Friend) and released in November 2014 and quickly gained support from the likes of Daniel P Carter on the BBC Radio1 Rock Show, Classic Rock Magazine where they were featured in their ‘Sound Of 2015’ list of artists to watch out for in the year ahead and Kerrang! Magazine whose KKKK review celebrated their; “gleaming, stripped back rock unsullied by bulls**t, and fast-tracks straight to the important stuff – ripping it up”.

Ian Camfield at XFM also invited the band in for a storming live session and Planet Rock Radio playlisted them on their New Music show. Scuzz TV also playlisted the video for Sleep Talker.

“Recording this EP has been nothing but a positive experience. It was great to spend time just locked in, as a full time band together and the hard work we put in has, we think, paid off. We couldn’t be happier with the tracks. To be able to head straight out on tour is fantastic and we cant wait to make our debut at Download and BST on the same day as The Who, the legendary Donington and Hyde Parks in the same summer, with all those amazing bands, it’s insane!”.

Band Members:
Nimal Fernando
Valdi Einarsson
Jo Einarsson
Stefan Einarsson


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New Single
Posted: Thu May 4, 2006 6:16 am
Absolutly awesome.



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Rival State, New Ending, Incursa gig
Posted: Sun May 8, 2005 11:20 pm
They are all playing at the Mills underground on the 20th of may. $5 on the door or you can get tickets from the boys, and the mill!!


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dream girl video on tv
Posted: Sat Apr 2, 2005 4:43 pm
the dream girl video was on today see it again tomorrow in the coke countdown tv 2 10am till 12am


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dream girl mp3
Posted: Sat Mar 19, 2005 9:49 am

hey heres the link for the dream girl single..


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RE: hamilton edgefest05
Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2005 10:00 pm
I did!! they kickd ass man!! I'm luvn their sounds and can't wait for there single!! they are definately worth checking out! Very Happy


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hamilton edgefest05
Posted: Sun Mar 13, 2005 8:34 pm
these guys opened hamilton edgefest did any one see them?????


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RE: Dream Girl
Posted: Wed Feb 23, 2005 6:37 pm
they record this week end


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Dream Girl
Posted: Sun Feb 20, 2005 2:07 pm
the shot for the vid what this weekend... dunno what it will be looking like.. tho i think it should be cool...



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RE: rival state in the riu
Posted: Wed Feb 16, 2005 4:18 pm
Rival State ringing bells in your ears oo yes!

Mad lucky little thing you getting it for free... i had to pay for mine, only got it for billy joe armstrong... and flipping through and bang o0o0 the cure and then looked at the next page and, "oo i seen these kids" Laughing
and carried on....

Mr Green


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RE: rival state in the riu
Posted: Mon Feb 14, 2005 9:25 pm
i got mine for free

Rival state???? hmm doesnt ring a bell...


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rival state in the riu
Posted: Fri Feb 11, 2005 9:58 pm
oi theres a page on rival state in the latest rip it up
with the sexy billy joe from green day on the cover....

buy it now or just be cheap and read it at the shop...

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