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RIVAL SONS, Borderline, London 13 July 2011
rock has been making a massive revival in recent years and it's not just
the vintage bands that are keeping it alive. Many young guns are
embracing the sound of yesteryear and bringing it forward for a new
Californian dream are Los Angeles hot shots the Rival Sons who are going
global promoting their debut full length album 'Pressure & Time'. The
critics love it, a hybrid mixture of early Zep, Humble Pie and Free with
a heavy bluesy kick.
have been busy touring the festival circuit across Europe including
stints at Sonisphere and the T In The Park Festival in Bonnie Scotland
and later in the month will be touring as special guests on the Judas
Priest UK tour. Tonight is a chance to see the what the band are really
about playing at their headline show in a hot 'n sweaty club.
Borderline is sold out and is in anticipation to see what the Rival Sons
can deliver. Despite the heavy touring schedule Rival Sons sound vibrant
and brash. With no time limits to constrain them the band rip into some
Robin Everhart provides a solid backbone, drummer Mike Miley is tight
but loose, bangs away as hard as a young John Bonham and guitarist Scott
Holiday leads the way shredding away towards the blues.
Buchanan takes most of the attention, cool and relaxed he looks like a
young drug free Jim Morrison with the voice of Paul Rodgers when singing
the blues and Ian Astbury when the going gets heavier. The band really
cook when they just let the music take them on a journey.
got a mixed response at the High Voltage Festival just a week later but
seeing them high up on the bill on a large stage is maybe too early for
the Rival Sons at the moment.
have to go to the clubs for the time being to see to how this band
throws the blues into the melting pot.
Sons played a secret gig at the end of their visit in the UK when they
played the tiny Crobar just next door to tonight's venue on the Monday
after High Voltage (just a few minutes after I had just seen Thin Lizzy
storm the HMV record store). What was I saying about classic rock? Long
live rock 'n roll.
Set list : Gypsy Heart / Burn Down Los Angeles / Torture / Radio / All
Over The Road / Young Love / Soul / Tell Me Something / Pressure & Time
/ On My Way / I Want More / Baby Please Don't Go / Gets What Coming