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Published:November 27th, 2007 09:55 EST
Up and Coming Punk Band, The New Rivals, Hits the Road

Up and Coming Punk Band, The New Rivals, Hits the Road

By Jessica Baird

After the October release of their self-titled debut album, and a string of dates with seminal punk rockers, Stiff Little Fingers, The New Rivals are preparing to embark on a tour with The Lemonheads.

Toby Bevis, the band’s vocalist, spoke in a phone interview about how wild their ride has already been.

“I like the traveling, the other guys like messing up hotel rooms,” Bevis said.

Although the touring lifestyle is fun, The New Rivals, which also includes John Hudson, Ken Andersen, Tito McEvoy and Joe Morrione, remain focused on their LIVE shows. Opening for Stiff Little Fingers taught the band a lot about performing, Bevis said.

“Just watching them play is like watching your punk rock fathers. They’re not young guys, but when they play, they’re sixteen-years-old,” he said.

Bevis, and the rest of the Long-Island-bred quintet, were so affected by their tour mates’ LIVE shows that their own performances will definitely get the crowd moving.

“Put on your dancing shoes,” Bevis said, “you won’t be standing still for long.”

LiIVE shows aside, The New Rivals are also thrilled to be garnering comparisons to other punk heavy hitters such as NOFX, Blink-182 and Green Day.

“We still listen [to those bands] everyday,” Bevis said.

Thanks to heavy rotation of their 2006 EP, Fire for Effect on AOL Radio and over 200 college radio stations, The New Rivals’ audience is continuing to grow. With their high-energy single “Mudslinging,” off their debut LP, it’s doubtful they’ll be slowing down anytime soon.

True to their punk rock roots, The New Rivals have one career goal— to keep making music.

“We take it day by day,” Bevis said, “but we’re going to keep playing ‘til we’re dead.”

Their self-titled debut album is in stores now.

For more information about The New Rivals and their upcoming tour dates, check out their Myspace page at, www.myspace.com/thenewrivals.