"Head Down", the latest album from California blues rockers RIVAL SONS, 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 the song "Keep On Swinging" on Thursday, March 7 on ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" at 11:35 p.m./10:35 p.m. CT.
On the live front, RIVAL SONS — featuring 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 (February 18),Des Moines (February 19),Denver (February 21),Las Vegas (February 23) and a confirmed performance at this year's SXSW music festival.
RIVAL SONS' latest video, "Until The Sun Comes", can be seen below. The clip was filmed in November 2012 with director Simon Gesrel, who is well known for his stop-motion work and his collaboration with Michel Gondry (THE WHITE STRIPES, BJORK).
"Head Down" was released in Europe on September 17, 2012 via Earache Records. The CD was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with Grammy-nominated producer Dave Cobb (JAMIE JOHNSON, SHOOTER JENNINGS) and Grammy-winning engineer Vance Powell (JACK WHITE, THE WHITE STRIPES, KINGS OF LEON). The artwork was created by Jason Holley (JOSH RITTER, RAY LAMONTAGNE).
In a recent interview with Shindig! magazine's hip little sister Happening, RIVAL SONS guitarist Scott Holiday stated about "Head Down", "We toured for over a year straight on the back of 'Pressure & Time', lots of improvisation. Making a lot of shit up on a nightly basis — getting very tuned in. Doing this made us closer to each other, the songs, and our audience. Much more in touch. That said, I think we put together a more live, conversational record (musically) than any of our others. It's our fourth record, technically. We knew where we wanted to fill in the gaps. It's more of a 'long-form record for us, too, which I wanted because that will better reflect the live show. We really got to stretch out, hit some new influences. I definitely got to explore and show a few new tricks in my bag. That's what it's all about though, right? Pushing your personal boundaries. It still sounds very much like a RIVAL SONS record, though. I think it's definitely our best-'sounding' record sonically. And most complete, as far as the concept, songs, artwork. And I will mention it's a double vinyl, which I can really dig, with gatefold cover of a beautiful painting created for us by Jason Holley."