Thursday, March 17, 2011

Rival Schools - Pedals

Walter Schriefels is a man who gets around. Whether it be via (what I assume is still) his Some Records or his seemingly unending string of deals within the Island/Def Jam empire, your boy Wally is maximizing his potential. His recent solo record An Open Letter To The Scene was really good, Gorilla Biscuits have been somewhat active and the revived Rival Schools has been playing the Summer Euro festival circuit for the last couple years. Rumors of new Rival Schools material had circulated, but safe money was on it being a formal release of the odds ands sods tracks that had been floating around the interwebs for years.

Well slap my ass and call me Charlie, as here we have ourselves a new record from Rival Schools. It's called Pedals and its pretty damn decent. I can't say I wouldn't have preferred a new Quicksand record, but all of the tracks on Pedals are really solid. It's got hooks for days and Ian Love and Walter have really done a great job with the recording. In an ideal world, tracks like A Parts By B Actors and Small Doses will get some notice. They certainly deserve it. Ignore the fact that 3OH!3 are the flagship artist and pick up Pedals here from your friends at Photo Finish Records.


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