There's a lot missing from today's generation of rock & roll bands:
groove, soul, and swagger; but most importantly - honesty and danger.
Without these elements, or 'ways of life', music loses its edge and it's
ability to move people. Luckily for the music and personalities of
California's RIVAL SONS, they have not abandoned this ethos.
RIVAL SONS is a raucous, maximum-blues-infused, hard rock band from Los
Angeles, who explode with the rhythm and roughness of some of the
greatest rock acts of all time. From a self-released full length album
(Before the Fire) and EP (self titled), to the strength of their live
performances, the band gains major attention everywhere they play.
Recent accolades include a stint opening up for legends like AC/DC and
ALICE COOPER, several USO shows with KID ROCK, and a televised
performance, center track, in the pits, at The Indianapolis 500, the
world's largest sporting event. The Huffington Post even dubbed RIVAL
SONS as "one of the top 5 bands to watch" during 2010's CMJ Music
Marathon in New York City.
Despite the achievements and rabid following RIVAL SONS have already
attained on their own accord, any member of the band will say creating
quality music and leaving a lasting impression is what matters most.
Lead Vocalist Jay Buchanan, guitarist Scott Holiday, bassist Robin
Everhart, and drummer Mike Miley, pride themselves on being the sum of
their parts. They were brought together by a love of music, both common
and uncommon influences. More importantly, they came together to bring
the current state of rock and roll back to it's finest elements (see
opening statement). Their artistic chemistry is true. In their own
words, they "want to give the people the rock and roll they deserve by
keeping it honest, visceral, and dangerous".
It's that heart, the independent and fighting spirit of RIVAL SONS,
which brought the band to EARACHE RECORDS fall of 2010. "There was just
the right amount of audacity and bending of the rules for us to dig the
idea of being on a [traditionally] death metal label." says guitarist,
RIVAL SONS' full length EARACHE debut, just recorded in Los Angeles,
will be released worldwide in May 2011. On this record, the band has
committed themselves to creating an experience that closely matches the
attitude and excitement of one of their live performances. Right off of
a 4 week stint on the road, RIVAL SONS wrote, recorded, and mixed the
album in just 20 days; this ensures a rawness for both the listener and
the band. Explains frontman, Jay Buchanan, "in the code of the Samurai,
any decision must be made between 3 and 5 breaths... Writing by that
code forces us to act, go with our instincts and really, truly listen to
each other. Creatively, you're bringing your most immediate instincts."
This method of writing, is not new to RIVAL SONS. Proven fruitful, this
method was originally used while creating BEFORE THE FIRE. As Holiday
puts it, "This is just the simplest way to not cheat ourselves or the
listener. ROCK AND ROLL can't be over-thought, and if it is, it loses
it's immediacy and instinct...it needs to be a knife FIGHT, not a knife
Groove, soul, swagger and danger are the ethe by which the RIVAL SONS
live and breath. They claim to have sworn an oath to keep the process
and their performance to nothing less than honest. Their music sums up
a time when ROCK made more than a "viral buzz". RIVAL SONS harken back
to when the thrill of rock and roll truly made a difference....And that
time has been resurrected.