Over the past five years, few young bands have made the same impact as Rival Sons. Whether on album or live, they’ve taken 1970s influences and melded these into an exciting sound that’s captured the imagination of everyone, whatever their age.
The Californian band hit shortly after forming with 2009’s first album ‘Before The Fire’. The charismatic collusion of vocalist Jay Buchanan and guitarist Scott Holiday was affecting and lively, with drummer Michael Miley and bassist Robin Everhart showing a delightful crispness. From the start you could hear the resonance of Free, Led Zeppelin and Humble Pie, something even clearer on the self-titled 2010 EP.
Subsequently signed by Earache, the 2011 album ‘Pressure & Time’ gained them a much larger audience, and the admiration of icons like Jimmy Page, who’s gone to watch them live more than once.
Since then, Rival Sons have grown almost exponentially with every year and album. In February 2011, they made their live debut in the UK at The Barfly in Camden, London, and with each succeeding tour they’ve played bigger venues. The same year they made history at the High Voltage Festival, not only performing on the main stage, but then headlining the Metal Hammer Stage, when Electric Wizard were unable to make it at the last minute. And they ended 2011 being voted Best New Band by Planet Rock.
Second album ‘Head Down’ came out in 2012, with the Sons winning the ‘Breakthrough Award’ at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour in November. And the following year they performed for a second time at St. Pancras Station, this time to raise money for the NSPCC. In August 2013, Dave Beste replaced Everhart, and quickly settled the new line-up, as they went out on tour in America opening for Sammy Hagar.
The band’s third album, ‘Great Western Valkyrie’, cane out in June 2014, giving Rival Sons their first top 20 album in the UK, as it peaked at number 14. And during that summer, not only did they open for Aerosmith at selected European shows, but also played the Isle Of Wight Festival.
Fifth studio album ‘Hollow Bones’ came out in June 2015, and was their most successful to date, making it to number 13 in the UK and reaching the top 10 in four other countries. They appeared on the main stage at the inaugural Ramblin’ Man Fair that summer, ending the year supporting Deep Purple on a European tour.
In 2016, Rival Sons were handpicked to support Black Sabbath on their final world tour. And their stock has never been higher. Heroes for today who embrace the heroics of the past.
‘Manifest Destiny Pt. 1’, ‘Keep On Swinging’, ‘Pressure & Time’.
Their Finest Hour
‘Head Down’ 2012
The band live at St. Pancras Station in 2013. A busking atmosphere, an arena attitude.