Thursday, June 12, 2014

Rival Sons: Open My Eyes + Jordan

My fellow Long Beach, California residents Rival Sons have a new bass player, new shorter hairdos and new spiffy outfits, but most importantly, they have a new album out this week; 'Great Western Valkyrie' is their fourth full-length since 2009.  Here's hoping the combined powerful forces of (from left to right) bassist Dave Beste, vocalist Jay Buchanan,  guitarist Scott Holiday, and drummer Michael Miley will put the band on the radar of not just hard rock fans, but a wider audience with a taste for great music, period.

Currently wrapping up a string of gigs in the UK  (Saturday @ the Isle of Wight Festival), Rival Sons kick off the North American leg of their busy summer tour schedule in Nashville June 19. Starting July 31, they play the first of four Scandinavian festivals and will also be performing at the Oppikoppi Festival in Limpopo, South Africa August 9. Finally, there are two late fall dates in France: Paris (November 11) and Lyon (December 6).

The video for the excellent teaser single "Open Your Eyes" was published in April.  The sublime live version of "Jordan" - from the 2012 'Head Down' album - was recorded in London in May of last year.