Drawn up by some of the most unsavory souls in the Boston, MA underground hardcore scene and reinforced by members who have done time in infamous area bands like Mind Eraser, Righteous Jams, Mental, Xfilesx and many others, The Rival Mob has become darlings of the current hardcore scene, inspiring shameless violence and playing high on the bill at the most important hardcore festivals in America: This Is Hardcore in Philadelphia, Sound And Fury in California and Chaos In Tejas In Austin, Texas.
Not only are their live appearances a hot commodity, but the merch lines at their shows draw more attention than the opening bands, often selling out of shirts and music in mere minutes, and all of their out-of-print vinyl releases on some of the most respected labels (Triple B, Lockin' Out, and Six Feet Under) fetch outrageous sums at online auctions and are in constant demand.
In between serving time with their current other projects World War 4, Give, No Tolerance and Boston Strangler, the band will be playing on both coasts highlighted once again by the big summer festivals as well as their first-ever trip across the Atlantic to Europe.
The band's Revelation Records debut picks up right where their previous EP, "Hardcore For Hardcore," left off, with vocalist Brendan Radigan spewing venom at the ills that plague both the outside world and the scene itself, all delivered over fast, stagedive-inspiring hardcore that brings to mind the best of mid-late '80s New York hardcore bands like Youth Of Today, Warzone and Breakdown.
As exclaimed by Radigan on stage at 2012's This Is Hardcore fest, "People say winter is coming. Motherfucker, Mob Justice is what's coming!"
Photo by Kate Frese
Brendan - vocals
Doug Free - guitar
Trev - guitar
Pearse - bass
DFJ - drums
||House Of Blues: Dropkick Murphys, Lucero, Skinny Lister, The Rival Mob
||Damaged City Fest @ St. Stephen Church: Crudos, Government Issue, The Rival Mob, Violent Reaction, Green Beret, Pure Disgust