Good afternoon friends, lovers, rockstars, and loyal readers. Fridays have become even more special for me here at PUMP Sessions, largely due to our burgeoning interview series, which has grown our readership exponentially in the last few weeks. Today I sat down with Josh, frontman of red hot and brand new rock n roll band, New York Rivals. I'm sure you will love this band as much as I do. Giddy up and happy motherfucking Friday. Long live Rock n Roll. x
Welcome to the PUMP Sessions Interview Series. Where are each of you from?
I moved around a a lot since I was young. The rest of the guys are Jersey Born.
How did you all end up in New York, and what neighborhood do you call home?
Once I decided I wanted to pursue music full time I packed my shit up and headed right to Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
How did the band form?
My previous band ended up signing to a Major and things got a little sticky it took a really long time to get out of the situation I was in. I was so sick of what I was doing and who I was playing with that I decided to hunt for totally new musicians. I couldn't be happier with the guys I have now. They are really really talented.
Were any of you in bands before this one?
My Drummer Nash and I were both in touring bands before this but you'll have to guess...
Please tell us how you came up with your name, New York Rivals…
We originally start playing shows under a different name but another group had the name trade marked so we had to change it. "NEW YORK RIVALS" comes from all the people that have wronged me or my friends since moving up here. You tell yourself the city is sooo big but you always seem to run into the same people. Some of which were less than reputable.