Methodically they have worked their way up the rock hierarchy, accelerated by the fact that Rival Sons 2016–2017 played in front of large audiences when they were support act for all of Black Sabbath’s shows on the The End Tour. This Long Beach four-piece has the drive and the discipline to make the impossible possible – and to make themselves impossible to ignore. You only need to see them live for a few minutes to realize they have lived on the touring circuit and learned from the touring circuit. Rival Sons are simply one of those bands who never fail their fans.
The latest album, Feral Roots, is Rival Sons first album for the legendary label Atlantic Records, which makes a lot of sense if you’ve heard the band’s eclectic mix of classic 70s rock, soulful sounds and powerful blues swagger. Jay Buchanan is one of the most expressive vocalists around, guitar player Scott Holiday sure knows how to work the stage and the rhythm section of Mike Miley and David Best lacks nothing in punch. Formed ten years ago, Rival Sons has released six albums and one EP. They have a long and fruitful collaboration with the acclaimed Nashville producer Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, Europe). Together they’ve found a winning formula. In a review of Feral Roots, Classic Rock Magazine said: ”It’s the brooding mix of urgent and mysterious tones that really pulls you in, and gives the whole album an almost cinematic quality.”