A mixture of rock riffs and punk sensibilities, catchy hooks and melodic anthems, As A Rival are fast becoming one of the most hard-working, explosive live bands on the Australian punk rock scene. Continuing to deliver upon their unrelenting live shows, with precision and intent.

Comprising of Pete Cerni (vox/guitar), Nathan Wheatley (drums/vox) and Johnny Beech (guitar/vox), 2016 saw the tech-punk outfit rise in stature releasing their debut album, ‘By Design’, supported by 2 national tours and gaining their first major support slot, playing at 170 Russell.

2017 sees no change in pace as the juggernaut rolls on. Heading into the studio to record their 2nd album at ‘The Studios In The City’, produced by Tom Larkin (Shihad) & Sam Sproull. ‘Griefers’, tackles themes of betrayal, deceit and defiance and sees a maturity in song writing, fine-tuning their song craft into a driven, sonic deluge. From the gallop of lead single, ‘Bring Out The Dead’, to the hook of ‘Atmosphere’, the soar of ‘Head in the Clouds’ to the punk punch of ‘Orbital’, ‘Griefers’ is unrelenting from start to finish and shows a clear intent by the band launching head first into 2018.

Their debut album, By Design, recorded and co-produced by Tom Read (Bodyjar) and mixed by Grammy Award winning producer Adam Kasper (Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age), saw a coming of age in their songwriting, surpassing the promise and expectations built from previous releases, packed with energy and drive.

Dropping the music video for single ‘Obsolete’, a punk infused anthem that tackles fighting the reality of ageing and fear of irrelevance that comes with it. The clip was well received, achieving their debut appearance of ABC’s RAGE music program, where it stayed on rotation for 5 straight weeks. By years end, As A Rival had played over 30 shows across 6 states around Australia, building upon their fan base and growing their live show reputation.

Beginning from an accumulation of bedroom demos, the premise for As A Rival was to be challenged musically and become a rival to what was on offer. The year 2011 saw the release of the Reminder Designer single, which was followed by the acclaimed Concerning Trends EP in 2013. Playing live is where the band feels most at home, touring across Australia, both metro and regional since their inception and stamping a claim as one of Australia’s most entertaining live bands.

As A Rival will make their return February 2018 playing shows across Australia as they celebrate the release of their latest single, 'Bring Out The Dead'

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