My ears had the pleasure of being introduced to RIVAL SONS. I can't thank Earache Records enough for this band! They are frakking awesome! It takes me back to my wild and impetuous youth in the 70s: bell bottoms, wide collars, and wicked guitar riffs. Depending on the song or the mood - Jay Buchanan sounds one part Freddy Mercury, one part robert Plant, one part David Coverdale, one part Rod Stewart. Just depends. His voice makes me want to don a pair of daisy dukes, a tube top, Candy's high heels and dance on a pole! Jay is accentuated by Scott Holiday laying down some heavy riffage. My prediction is he is taking Jimmy Pages throne as bluesy guitar god. Rival Sons has heavy nods to the groove oriented Zeppelin and swagger of Jeff Beck circa 1969-1971. The rhythm section is fiercely held down by Robin Everhart on bass and Michael Miley on drums.
"Sleepwalker" and "Torture" are definitely two of my favourite tracks from the EP released in January 2011. The band has been around since 2008 and released a full length album in 2009 entitled Before The Fire. Both of which can be purchased on iTunes via their website Rival Sons. Head over to their Facebook page and "LIKE" them.
They are playing SXSW in Austin, Texas this month: 17th at Wahoo’s One and Done Local Throwdown and the 19th at The Jackalope and Frontgate. They are also scheduled to play November 14-19 on the Shiprocked cruise to Costa Maya and Cozumel. If you are doing the festival circuit, hit up Rock Werchter in Belgium as they play July 2nd.