weareyourrival Chicago The two members of Rival first met one another at a Denny's to discuss a design project for Paul's band at the time. Paul liked Chris' heavily-rooted involvement in the local punk scene, and Chris liked Paul's Alkaline Trio hat. They discovered that they had a mutual interest in electronic music, though on different ends of the spectrum. Stories were shared of their past electronic dalliances: Paul talked of being a vinyl-based house DJ and hanging out at Andre Lopez' Hot Jams record store, and Chris of his experimentation with computers and circuit-bent electronics. The idea of starting a project was discussed, but didn't materialize until years later. The duo went on to release a handful of original tracks, along with a quarterly mix compilation series. Over time, though, effort dwindled, and eventually the project ceased altogether. This all leads us to the present. Gone are the days of failed musical projects (some good, most bad), guitar and bass rigs, and talk instead of action. This is the time for electronic dance music, and the two are more a part of it than even before. A new project, Rival, was formed to serve as the duo's creative outlet. Probably the biggest development has been the announcement of the group's weekly radio program titled Beat & Pulse. Broadcast from central Illinois' WPCD FM, and streamed worldwide on the Internet, the duo reach an audience that once seemed unfathomable. The road to this point has been time-consuming and full of many setbacks, which strengthened the duo's work ethic and determination. They're here now, and they're entrenched.