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The Masquerade


Release Date: 23 April 2007

Format: CD Single

Label: Protest Recordings




1. The Masquerade
2. The Masquerade Friendly Bombs Remix
3. The Masquerade Peace Attaq's Protest In-House of Masques Remix


Formed in Netley Abbey near Southampton mid-2003 at the age of 15, Rival Joustas have stormed their inaugural gigs with a sonic confidence that puts more established acts to shame. Their progressive, experimental rock spiked with streaks of punk and flecks of funk won them a 'battle of the bands' as well as a performance at London's Astoria aged just 16, and has now led to a host of intrepid opportunities.

With an unhealthy fascination with pagan rituals and epic creations such as 'Zelda', their "mind-bending psychedelic stoner rock" (V, 2007) has led them to support neo-prog rock groups like the Mystery Jets (where the vocalist once even broke his heel jumping off a 15 feet concrete installation at the tour's closing gig!) as well as 65daysofstatic, Hadouken! and Good Books. They also repeatedly wow the crowds at their own gigs with performances all over UK, and a 'home base' at Southampton's legendary Joiners', winning them a frenzied fanbase which continues to grow rapidly.

In December 06 Steve Lamacq's 'In New Music We Trust' show hailed them as 'the hottest thing to come from the South in years', whilst Jo Whiley also jumped on board using one of their tracks on her own 'In Live Music We Trust' show this year. To date, Rival Joustas have also been featured as NME's 'buzz band', and have performed for two BBC regional radio shows.

Their debut single, The Masquerade, was produced and mixed by Mark Williams at Criterion Studios (formerly the legendary Battery Studios), and mastered by Tim Young at Metropolis. The 7''/CD single contain a track remix by Isaac Ferry (with Henry Seligman – 'Friendly Bombs').