Rockers heading to UK

22:29, Jan 20 2014
Rival State
New Plymouth band Rival State are moving to the UK. Band members L to R Jo Einarsson, Stefan Einarsson, Nimal Fernando, Luke Van Hoof and Valdimar Einarsson.

Oren Oaarikibb talks to a Taranaki band shifting to London for ''bigger things''.

Taranaki rockers Rival State will miss the people of New Zealand most when they relocate the band to the United Kingdom.

The group will live right in the heart of London and are planning to use their overseas connections to hook up local gigs as well as larger international tours.

Rival State said they loved New Zealand but it was time to move on to bigger things.

''As beautiful as New Zealand is the world is a big place with a lot more opportunities,'' vocalist Luke Van Hoof says.

''You can do a bunch of shows in London and that can keep you busy for a long time, but then there's also the whole of Europe right next door.''


The band had been belting out tunes sporadically for more than a decade but recent times had ushered in a new era for the group when they began to get mainstream coverage.

Rival State formed in 2002 while at high school and split five years later to go on overseas adventures.

Arriving home from abroad the band found themselves all back in the same town and longing to make music again.

''We all missed each other and wanted to start up Rival State again,'' Van Hoof said.

Originally Rival State only planned to get back together for three months or so but the band worked hard the second time around and things began to happen.

Their 2012 release, Apollo Men, along with music video singles helped the group reach a new level, earning them radio and television exposure, as well as putting them on the international radar.

Although they loved their new-found glory they thought Apollo Men was pretty jagged and rushed.

''The first album was written in three or four months,'' guitarist Jo Einarsson says.

''When we got back together, we went into a room and just hit out an album.''

They describe the evolution of their sound since then as being dirtier than ever before but in a very organic way.

The band has been working on new material solidly for two years and says the music they are creating now is guaranteed to be very different to Apollo Men.

The boys are looking forward to living together in England and say it will be a good opportunity to get better at using social media to share their London experiences and keep their fans informed.

Although the band has a website, in addition to Facebook and YouTube pages, the musicians  admit to not being very active on the platforms.

''We're too busy with music to be hanging out taking selfies of each other,'' Van Hoof jokes.

''No but seriously - we're not quite balanced out on that see-saw yet.''

They also doesn't care too much about their music being downloaded and shared over the internet, saying it is unavoidable and the live shows are what really matters.

''At least people are listening to us,'' bassist Stefan Einarsson says.

''It's the most amazing thing when someone buys your record, but when someone appreciates what you do - that's the most important thing.''

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