You just can't follow every band on myspace music, you can't read every review, and you can't collect every record that is out there. Money, time, and attention are in short supply sometimes.
All that said, it bugs the hell out of me that I missed out on The Rival Mob from the beginning. They have evolved over the last couple years to become THE hardcore band. Big buzz, lots of hype and print - and all of it completely warranted.
This band is simply awesome. The Bitter Rivals demo 7", Raw Life 12" and HC4HC 7" are all fantastic records. Plenty of attitude, great groove, mosh parts, breakdowns, speed and great riffs. You know - hardcore!
I realized just how late my late pass was when I pre-ordered their latest record from Six Feet Under a few of weeks after it went up. I went for the 3 pack, hoping to get all three colors. Well, this is what I got:
Three of the most common color. Fuck.Well, that did it. What is any self respecting collector to do about this obvious problem? Why, hit up the B9 board and buy an insta-collection of course! One big package in the mail later, and I am pretty much caught up. I couldn't be happier or more ashamed.
First up, the Bitter Rivals Demo 7" put out on Triple B Records.
First Press. Green vinyl out of 110.
Black vinyl out of 440.
Second press. Orange vinyl out of 200. Pretty easy to spot with the different cover and blank labels.
The limited press is Clear Gold out of 300.
Lastly, the previously mentioned Hardcore For Hardcore 7" that was released on Six Feet Under.Black vinyl out of 150.