Coming on the heels of their success and critical acclaim in the U.K., Europe and Canada, America’s own RIVAL SONS have announced their third album HEAD DOWN will arrive in stores in the U.S. on March 19 via their new affiliation with Century Media Records. Ahead of the in-store date, the soulful, maximum-blues-infused hard rock band will perform Thursday, March 7 on ABC-TV’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” at 11:35pm/10:35pm CT on ABC.
Reaching #1 on the Rock chart in 2012 in the U.K., HEAD DOWN has already garnered the Long Beach, CA group four-star reviews (including Mojo and the Guardian) overseas as well as magazine covers and the “Breakthrough Artist” award at the2012 Classic Rock Awards show in London. In the tradition of American artists like Jimi Hendrix, Tom Petty, The Strokes and Kings of Leon who broke overseas first, RIVAL SONS have become a substantial presence in England and Europe, headlining their own shows and opening for Guns N’ Roses and AC/DC, among others. On top of this, the album’s first single “Keep On Swinging” has been #1 for four straight weeks on the Active Rock Radio Charts in Canada. They’ll perform “Keep On Swinging” on Kimmel.
The video for “Keep On Swinging” can be seen here.
On the live front, RIVAL SONS—Jay Buchanan (vocals), Scott Holiday (guitar), Robin Everhart (bass), Mike Miley (drums)–are now in the midst of a headlining Canadian tour after which they have dates set in
Chicago (2/18), Des Moines (2/19), Denver (2/21), Las Vegas (2/23) and a confirmed performance at this year’s SXSW Music Festival.
In the recent Jimmy Page cover story in Rolling Stone, 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).”
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.
|Wed||2/13||Kingston, ON||Marchant Tap House|
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