The Canadians released two albums at the beginning of the century under the name The Ride Theory, paying tribute to early Rock'n'Roll. In 2007 they changed their name and since then have dedicated themselves to the wide field of independent and alternative rock. After an EP and tours with The Sadies and Born Ruffians, the album debut of the formation that shrank from quartet to trio the year before followed in 2010. In 2012 Young Rival released "Stay Young" in North America - after all on the same label as the Pixies, Jesus Lizard and Death Cab For Cutie. The record now available here starts with the strongest track: "Black Popcorn" spreads a touch of British invasion, mixed with a pinch of New Wave, and is thus exemplary for other titles, while other songs show borrowings from the early Beatles ("Two Reasons") and the Strokes ("Nothing You Know Well"). The album lacks a little rhythmic variety, which the ballad-like "Lost" doesn't change. The piece also sounds so melancholic that it doesn't fit in at all with the other twelve good mood pieces.
Top Track: Black Popcorn