Who They Are: RVIVR do right by the storied punk past of their hometown, but while they advance a staunch feminist agenda, they’re no Bikini Kill clone. Founded in 2008 by guitarist/vocalist Mattie Jo Canino – also of beloved Long Island crew Latterman – seasoned singer-songwriter Erica Freas and supple drumming force Kevin Rainsberry, the band plays an unapologetically accessible form of punk, built around razor-sharp riffing and shout-along choruses. "Mostly I learned from printing tabs off the dial-up internet," Freas told She Shreds. "I was not a hip kid who knew about underground bands, despite the fact I was a teen during the Nineties in Olympia. I was influenced by Tori, Bjork, Courtney, Dolores, Sinead, Gwen." RVIVR's anti-macho, pro-queer message resonates at grassroots shows around the globe; on YouTube, you can see a roomful of Japanese fans screaming along to every song, just like the kids do back home.
Why They're Great: Onstage, Canino and Freas are a co-frontperson dream team, shredding and shouting with boundless energy while they shoot each other sweaty grins. The chemistry translates to the studio too – try 2013's stunning statement of purpose, The Beauty Between, for proof.
Signature Anthem: The super-catchy "Wrong Way/One Way" could have been an MTV hit in the Blink-182 era, but its honest confrontation of identity issues rings out like pure underground poetry.
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