RIVAL SONS (US)
Saturday 9.6.2018 @ Helsinki, Allas Sea Pool
Tickets: Starting 52,50€
Based in sunny Los Angeles, California, Rival
Sons evoke the bluesy rock of bands like Led Zeppelinand the
Black Crowes. Formed in 2008, the quartet of Scott
Holiday (guitar), Robin Everhart (bass), Mike Miley (drums),
and Jay Buchanan (vocals) captures that massively huge, guitar-driven
classic rock sound, with rock-solid drumming and a riff-oriented approach to
songwriting backing up Buchanan's soaring vocals. Shortly after forming,
the band self-released its debut, Before the Fire, in 2009, produced
by Dave Cobb. The quartet got some exposure when its song "Tell Me
Something" was used in an ad campaign for Indy car racing, and the
following year they opened for some high-profile acts, including hard rock
legends Alice Cooper and AC/DC. That same year, Rival
Sons made the unlikely jump to extreme metal label Earache, who signed the
band after coming across their music online.
In 2011, the band released its follow-up album (and first
physical release), Pressure & Time, with artwork by Storm
Thorgerson. It was voted Classic Rock magazine's number two album of the year.
They were also invited by Amy Lee to tour the U.S. with her
band Evanescence. They stuck with the classic rock riffs and
blues-influenced sound on their third record, Head Down, which was released
in 2012 to widespread critical acclaim and was a modest hit locally and in
Europe; its greatest success was in Scandinavia, where it hit the Top 20 in
three countries, including a number six chart position in Sweden. Rival
Sons toured heavily in support, playing the Download Festival and
supporting Kiss and Sammy Hagar.
Due to the rigors of touring, Everhart left the
band in late 2013 and was replaced by Dave Beste. Their fourth
full-length, Great Western Valkyrie, was recorded in early 2014 in Nashville
with Dave Cobb producing. It was issued in June. Rival
Sons reconvened with Cobb in Nashville to record their fifth
album, Hollow Bones. The pre-release single, "Hollow Bones, Pt.
1" was streamed to the internet in March, 2016. Titled Hollow
Bones the album -- again featuring Thorgerson's artwork -- was
released in June. Along with eight originals, it included a cover version
"Black Coffee," written by Ike & Tina Turner and
immortalized by Humble Pie.
(- Gregory Heaney / Allmusic.com)