Vintage has always been en vogue, from dresses, to accessories to photography, art and of course, music. With shaggy Saskatoonian songsmiths The Sheepdogs paving the way to blast from the past popularity with their hippie – straight out of Woodstock sound, Long Beach band Rival Sons are stepping up next to usher in a new era of old school rock and roll.
Formed in 2008, Rival Sons have crashed their way into the music scene. Hailing from Southern California, their hardcore hair band aesthetic belies their beachy origins. Their influences are varied and it comes across in their style, both live and recorded. Lead singer Jay Buchanan’s powerhouse vocals bring you back to an older time, layering blues, gospel, and soul reminiscent of an early Robert Plant. Guitarist Scott Holiday saws off memorable, toothy riffs, plays a saucy slide, and isn’t afraid to spray psychedelic aerials of tenor. Bassist Robin Everhart is Motown meets jazz but with the unmistakable essence of rock. And drummer Michael Miley grounds out deep grooves with reckless abandon and jaw dropping intensity. This heavyweight quartet of rockers melds an eclectic array of American music to synthesize into their own style of rock n roll. With the debut of their album Pressure and Time already meeting critical acclaim, there will be no stopping Rival Sons from taking over.
A band’s amazing recorded sound can sometimes be betrayed by a weak live show, but Rival Sons has no trouble in that department. The fantastic four managed to tear up the stage at the sultry, seductive den of inequity that is Cherry Cola’s Rock and Rolla Cabaret both at Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast, where fans were lined up at the door clamouring for just a few inches of sweaty space to get a glimpse. The vocals were strong and true, accompanied by face melting guitar riffs, throbbing bass lines and pounding drums. That’s what you get when you call a 3 year old band classic rock.
The boys from Long Beach will be bringing their all American sound back to Canada soon as they embark on a North American tour with goth – classical band Evanescence and glam grunge rockers The Pretty Reckless(lead by none other than Gossip Girl’s Little J, Taylor Momsen). The tour will stop in Toronto On October 25th at the SoundAcademy. Be sure to keep your ear to the ground for talk of any other surprise appearances in and around the city. Until then, feast your ears on the title track of Rival Sons’ newly released album, and start counting down the days.