RVIVR: The Beauty Between: LP

One of the most scrutinized and adored bands in DIY punk. I recently saw them play their fiftieth show on a fifty-five date tour. If that’s not putting in the time, what’s the point of trying at all? And how was their set?They destroyed! You can’t deny it. There’s a mighty force within this band. And your criticisms are so obviously rooted in your own jealousy that it’s making you look like a chump. Jealous of their conviction, talent, and success; I know I’ve been guilty of all three. They spent a couple years confronting typical show situations that they weren’t comfortable with, and for those of us who stuck around, the music rages on. Catchy and melodic, but not without a ragged weirdness to it. My favorite new addition to the RVIVR catalog is definitely the hardcore-esque “Bleed Out” on the B side. But, overall, this is a truly exciting record that shows a band that has put a lot of work into not only finding, but creating, their place. And if you can’t hang, it’s probably for the best. 

 –Daryl Gussin (Rumbletowne)