Coup De Main: “An attack that achieves complete surprise.”

As A Rival are today dropping surprise single ‘Coup De Main’ in anticipation of their brand new album ‘Griefers’ – out next Friday November 2 – and their album tour to Hobart in Tasmania, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne throughout November and into December.

Coup De Main was written while Pete was travelling through Europe. He found himself in London at the time of the 2011 riots. Seeing how the media was depicting rioters as the enemy, when their rage was a direct response to the treatment after the shootings. It was tense in the city and things were escalating. London was aflame. How can you ever be heard when you’re already the enemy?
Pete Cerni said that “The album has been a long time coming and the response to WHAT WE GOT has been overwhelmingly positive. It’s our best work to date, and we’re so ready to play it loud for you. This is a celebration and we want everyone there to sing along.
The ‘Griefers’ Album tour hits Tasmania on Saturday November 3rd in Hobart at The Brisbane Hotel, Saturday November 10th in Adelaide at Enigma Bar, Friday November 16th in Sydney at Hideaway Bar and then finishing in Melbourne at The Reverence Hotel Saturday December 15th. Tickets are on sale now and details can be found at

Paul Treverrow, bassist for As A Rival can’t contain his excitement about getting the album out on the road. “I can’t wait to get out and play the whole album, It almost feels like sending your kid off to the first day of school, you love them and you just hope that all the other kids like them.” 

Recorded at Homesurgery Recordings, the album was produced by Tom Larkin (Shihad) with Sam K Sproull and Jon Grace. The sessions started out with a challenge – complete 50 demos within a 2 month period. A challenge that was met with gusto. 50+ songs later having explored a myriad of styles touched on in previous releases, these sessions enabled As A Rival to hone their craft and evolve their sound. The result: a 12 song punk rock deluge, tackling themes of betrayal, deceit and defiance.

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