Rock and Roll
Long Beach, California
Rival Sons have rejoined the rock and roll party and taken their rightful place at the top table with their latest album, Great Western Valkyrie released 9th June on Earache Records.
Fans have had to wait almost 2 years for the follow up to 2012’s success Head Down, but the wait has definitely been worth it. The boys from California, Jay Buchanan (vocals), Scott Holiday (guitar), Dave Beste (bass) and Michael Miley (drums), with the help of producer Dave Cobb, have mastermind one beauty of an album.
Great Western Valkyrie comes bursting out the traps with the opening track ‘Electric Man’, a catchy number which allows Buchanan to show off his impressive yodeling. This is the bands first album since Beste replaced founding member Robin Everhart in 2013 and Beste has made himself right at home. ‘Good Things’ has a 60’s psychedelic element to it courtesy of keyboard, but still manages to keep the blues vibe throughout when taking you on a deep and personal journey with the overall message of “enjoy things while they last”.
By the time you reach one of the standout tracks and first single off the album, ‘Open My Eyes’, you could be mistaken for thinking that you had somehow skipped over to a Led Zeppelin album, such is the quality of Miley’s drums intro and Holiday’s guitar work. ‘Where I’ve Been’ is another track that sticks out and shows off Buchanan’s soulfulness on this gentle and thought provoking number.
The final track, ‘Destination on Course’, throws up some unbelievable guitar sounds from Holiday, and none more so than towards the end of the track when you could easily believe a Transformer was hurtling towards planet earth.
The rawness and spontaneity of writing and recording fresh off the bat within a month or so of entering the studio can be heard throughout Great Western Valkyrie, as it could on previous work, but this album has taken the band to another level. There is without a doubt a new blues infused rock movement forming with Rival Sons at the front of that queue, guiding their followers out into the great unknown.
1) Electric Man
2) Good Luck
4) Play the Fool
5) Good Things
6) Open My Eyes
7) Rich and the Poor
8) Belle Starr
9) Where I’ve Been
10) Destination on Course