"They have taken their roots and made it their own, and in today's f..ked up mess they call the music business, every now and then a band comes along to prove when done right, there ain't nothing like a great-riffing, keep-it-simple, rocking blues band that swings from the hip, restoring my faith in all the things I believe to be the makings of A GREAT ROCK & ROLL BAND…with the emphasis on ROLL. A band can't rock if it don't know how to roll--and these guys definitely know how to roll."
--Jerry Shirley, founding member and drummer of Humble Pie (2013)
Maximum-blues-infused, hard rock band RIVAL SONS just wrapped up their headlining tour with shows in Canada, Europe and the U.K. and now the group have confirmed a string of dates here in the U.S. beginning May 29 in Grand Rapids, MI (itinerary below). The acclaimed Long Beach, CA band--Jay Buchanan (vocals), Scott Holiday (guitar), Robin Everhart (bass) and Michael Miley (drums)--is touring in support of their third album HEAD DOWN, which was released March 19 on Century Media Records and features the single "Keep On Swinging." The song hit #1 on the Active Rock Radio Charts in Canada and remained at the top for six straight weeks.
The video for "Keep On Swinging" can be seen here: www.vevo.com/watch/rival-sons/keep-on-swinging/GBA631200133.
The band is anxious to be back in the States, says drummer Michael Miley, "Finally! Back in the USA! We've been steeped in Europe and UK love for two solid years. We're so ready to play the home court. Live, raw, and truthful. We're thankful to the US radio for stepping up and taking a risk on us. See you soon!"
Reaching #1 on the Rock chart in 2012 in the U.K., HEAD DOWN has garnered the group four-star reviews (including Mojo and the Guardian) overseas as well as magazine covers and the "Breakthrough Artist" award at the 2012 Classic Rock Awards show in London. The RIVAL SONS made their major national television debut when they performed "Keep On Swinging" on ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," in March. Here are the links:
Performing their single "Keep on Swinging": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwW43MaPNDM
Performing "You Want To": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p16PSwrcODc
In last year's Jimmy Page Rolling Stone cover story, David Fricke writes about Page's affection for the group, saying, "[Jimmy] Page is fully engaged in current music; he enthuses about recent London shows he's seen by Muse and a young American blues-rock combo, Rival Sons (12/6/12).
Catch the RIVAL SONS on tour:
Grand Rapids, MI
About RIVAL SONS:
RIVAL SONS are a raucous, maximum-blues-infused, hard rock band which explodes 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 gain major attention everywhere they play. Early accolades included a stint opening up for legends like AC/DC and Alice Cooper, several USO shows with Kid Rock, and a televised performance in the pit at The Indianapolis 500. 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. RIVAL SONS' full-length Earache debut, Pressure & Time, was recorded in Los Angeles and released worldwide in May 2011. The record quickly charted in the UK, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland and beyond. And by the time RIVAL SONS embarked on their first full length headline tour of Europe in November 2011 they'd sold out every UK show, as well as gigs across the continent. The album was voted No.2 Album of the Year by Classic Rock Magazine. In 2012, they released Head Down, achieving greater success and acclaim.
More Praise For RIVAL SONS' HEAD DOWN here:
"…Rival Sons are doggedly establishing themselves as a vital force for the modern age…the Californians' third album is a riotous carnival of Zep-saluting riffs, sunkissed psychedelia and irresistible hooks, with the band's soul, funk and blues influences thrust joyously to the fore…If you thrilled to the Black Keys' El Camino, it's time to meet your new favourite band."
--GUARDIAN (UK), September 13, 2012 (4-out-of-5 star review)
"You know the guys who complain today's rock doesn't hold a candle to the '70s stuff?
They haven't heard this."
--USA TODAY, November 13, 2012
"There's a soulfulness and strut which puts them in a different league."
--UNCUT (U.K.) August 1, 2011
-NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, October 7, 2012
"Bluesy, ballsy and real."
--AOL's NOISECREEP.COM, November 12, 2012
"…they sure as hell are a good time."
--PENTHOUSE, February 23, 2013
"This is a band of storytellers and Head Down is their manifesto…"
--VINTAGEROCK.COM, December 17, 2012
"Jay Buchanan uncorks a quavering vocal over Scott Holiday's buzz-bomb guitar playing and Michael Miley's barely controlled bashing of drums…it sounds like something
Jimmy Page's pre-Zeppelin band, the Yardbirds, might have done…'A' grade."
--CAMPUS CIRCLE, November 14, 2012
"The grooves are deep and the vocals are of the chest-beating variety..."
-- MUSICRADAR.COM, December 6, 2012
"Rival Sons give rock 'n' roll a much needed kick in the ass…It's as timeless as it is tough, and it's everything rock music needs and more…"
--ARTISTDIRECT.COM, December 4, 2012
"…hard rock band that explodes with rhythm and roughness similar to some of the greatest rock acts out there…the CD oozes energy of epic proportions led by the powerhouse single,'Keep on Swinging'"
-- GUITARINTERNATIONAL.COM, November 6, 2012
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