You might’ve spied this on Friday’s new release roundup, but Rival Shadows’ ‘Killing Floor’ deserves a special mention of its own.
The Morecambe-based outfit is the brainchild of Liam Kohlar and it’s gloriously rising into the limelight, deftly exhibiting a style of alt rock that’s been bespoke-tailored by various influences. And you’ll start to notice token elements of Muse, Radiohead and Bombay Bicycle Club on ‘Killing Floor’.
While it’s got its fair share of darker twists, it’s an upbeat tune in the main. The powerful riffs smack of The Black Keys to me, which is no mean feat — and it’s a welcome treat, too. Kohlar’s soft vocals match flawlessly to the gentler, almost muted verses that then explode into the mighty, punchy chorus.
It’s a classic example of a new track that you’re glad you were introduced to. Prepare for it to be very playlist-present over the coming weeks.