Rival Sons Biography
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 its 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, 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 Rrock, and a televised performance, center track, in the pit, 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, Scott Holiday.
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 dance.”
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.
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