Set the date in your calendar, June 10th 2016, for on this date, the most anticipated blues rock album of the year from Long Beach, California's Rival Sons will finally be upon us! Having supported some of the biggest and best names in rock history, including being hand-picked to support Black Sabbath on their final world tour, following sold out tour after sold out tour, and just recently being added to the main stages at Europe's premier festivals such as Download, Hellfest and Rock Am Ring, the Rival Sons hype train continues to gain momentum, and "Hollow Bones" will surely propel them to their rightful place at the pinnacle of today's rock scene!
Arguably the most soulful voice in rock music today, Jay Buchanan's vocal performance on the album is as fiery and passionate as ever. Infused perfectly with Scott Holiday's fuzzy guitars, a powerful bassline courtesy of Dave Beste, and held together by the precise drumming of Mike Miley, and the two-times Grammy award winning talent of producer Dave Cobb, the lead single, "Hollow Bones, Pt. 1" and the electrifying anthem "Pretty Face" encapsulate the harmonious blend that we've all come to know and love, now further refined and perfected to create a unique, timeless sound that sets the band apart.
Of course, no Rival Sons album would be complete without a heartfelt tune or two, provided here by the raw, dark "Fade Out", which showcases the band's immense songwriting capabilities with haunting melodies and a touch of wistful melancholy. The final track, "All That I Want", is an incredibly tender, touching finale, with the guitars this time taking a backseat allowing Jay Buchanan to deliver a breathtaking performance that'll tug at your heartstrings in a way that only he can. The man himself offers his own views on their latest work:
"Each record we've made has been part of a distillation toward revealing the band's essence. This record, finally is the release of the unapologetic, wild beast that has long lived within the ribs of Rival Sons howling to be freed."
In keeping with a theme the band have touched upon several times, the stunning album artwork comes courtesy of renowned Brooklyn-based artist Martin Wittfooth, who's exhibited extensively in galleries and museums throughout North America and Europe. This particular piece, entitled "Rainsong", is an oil-based painting featured in his latest solo exhibition, "Offering", which was displayed at the famous Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York in late 2015.
Through his work, Martin Wittfooth has presented a dystopian world, devoid of human life and filled with strong symbolic implications that the root cause is our own disrespect for the natural world. In contrast to some of his earlier work, which have often featured creatures removed from their own natural environments and instead surrounded by trash and decay, "Offering" explores the ancient art of shamanism, demonstrating a more optimistic view that perhaps its current revitalisation can peel away the materialistic obsessions through which we are collectively destroying our planet. In Martin Wittfooth's own words, "the reemergence of shamanism appears to be having a great impact on consciousness around the globe by severing individual attachments to the ego-driven, ideology-based monotheistic modality that has shaped so much of the human enterprise over the past millennia."
1. Hollow Bones, Pt. 1
2. Tied Up
3. Thundering Voices
4. Baby Boy
5. Pretty Face
6. Fade Out
7. Black Coffee
8. Hollow Bones, Pt. 2
9. All That I Want