By: Caitlin Hoffman
Rival Empire is sexy satire juice. They do funky stuff to the brain, and I like my brain funky.
It would be fair to say the band happened by accident. Matt (vocals) and Steve (all electronic instruments) started mucking around with music in college, and before they knew it, Tim (rhythm and lead guitar) joined the mix, and the muck became a weird, wispy magic.
Their sound`s a collage of commentary: poppy synth spliced with Ronald Reagan clips. They mix repurposed lyrics and minor compositional melodies from Phil Collins, Fleetwood Mac, and Michael Jackson (dancing around the dangerously blurry lines of the Copyright Act), and the result is a dance floor full of yum. Best of all, the lyrics are peppered with a brilliant, conscious wit, one that deconstructs the silliness of society.
Some of the message may be missed by the greater populace, but no matter what, we`ll all have fun.