In the late 80s during my junior high years, as my peers and I began to stamp our identities with music, we dug through our parents’ vinyl collections of Led Zeppelin, The Doors, The Who, Janis Jopelin. Compared to the synth rock that ruled the radio at the time, the raucous ramblings of the previous generation sounded astoundingly genuine and raw. They were a welling up of emotion from the inner depths of the soul. It would be only a few years before Seattle grunge exploded on the music scene and we would be able to proclaim a new wave of guttural groaning as our own.
Perhaps it is time again to get back to basics. Rival Sons is blazing with passionate blues-driven music; they are a modern day take on what made Zeppelin and company truly classic rock.
Already, Rival Sons and their June 20th debut, ‘Pressure & Time’ (Earache Records), have gotten Classic Rock Magazine nominations for best of the year. This Los Angeles group is comprised of Jay Buchanan (vocals), Scott Holiday (guitars), Robin Everhart (bass), and Miley (drums). ‘Pressure & Time’ is ten well-paced tracks featuring explosive vocals, gut-wrenching reflective pieces, and lots of soul.