Time for another installment of the Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda Files, where we raid our archives in search of a lost gem.
Artist: Rival Schools
Album: United By Fate, 2001
What happened: Led by Walter Schreifels–the co-founder of such hardcore titans as the Gorilla Biscuits and Quicksand–the Schools released only one album before breaking up in 2003, and even scored a minor hit with “Used For Glue.”
Why it should have been a hit: Released just before “emo” became a catch-all term for diary-entry pop-punk, United By Fate was first-rate “emotional rock,” with buzzing guitars and barely contained desperation; it’s work-out music for Fugazi-forelorn thirtysomethings, and listening to it now makes us wonder what ever happened to that long-rumored but never released follow-up album (if you happen to have any info, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Rival Schools – Travel By Telephone [MP3, link expired]
Rival Schools – My Echo [MP3, link expired]
Rival Schools – So Down On [MP3, link expired]