Rival Sons discuss the Los Angeles rock scene

Californian blues-rockers Rival Sons are preparing for the release of their new album, Pressure & Time, which is due to be released next Monday, June 20th in Europe and on July 26th in North America.

The band have taken some time out ahead of the release to discuss the current rock scene in Los Angeles and the members’ own experiences of being in a rock ‘n’ roll band in the City of Angels.

Jay Buchanan (vocals): “Los Angeles is as hungry as it’s ever been.  Because it is an undeniable hub for the industry, the city is rife with veterans, makers, fakers and rookies alike, but you can usually find one or two bands serving it hot.  This is the way LA was when I found it and it’ll be the same when I leave.  The town is our nation’s brothel of young musicians.”

Michael Miley (drums): “I’ve been playing in the LA/Long Beach music scene for a bit.  I’ve played and recorded with a lot of artists there, namely Bird, Veruca Salt, and Joe Firstman.  The scene has changed greatly.  There is almost an ‘every man for himself’ vibe, meaning barely any bands will play together and the audience won’t stay for the other bands.  People come to see the band they want to see, then leave.  So there is no scene.  It’s a bummer.”

Robin Everhart (bass): “The general scene in LA is more ‘be seen’ than ‘be heard’.  And as a bass player who grew up in the Motown tradition – a tradition where the Funk Brothers weren’t even recognized until the ‘Standing in the Shadows of Motown’ movie (and book before) came out only a couple of years ago – I wasn’t really into it.  Now that we’ve been doing it longer, we’ve found our niche of good clubs, with good promoters etc. – basically, making it what we want it to be.”

Scott Holiday (guitars): “There’s a very eclectic music scene in LA…  That said, there hasn’t been a lot of actual ‘rock ‘n’ roll’.  I’ve played with a number of other groups and had other bands in LA that weren’t rock ‘n’ roll, and I’m just grateful for the scene that exists – lots of clubs, parties, industry stuff, and show-goers – it’s a good scene.  Starting the Rival Sons was definitely an answer for me – to the lack of genuine rock ‘n’ roll happening in our scene and in the world in general.  And over the last few years there definitely seems to be a resurgence happening.  LA has been fantastic to us, and has received us (and rock ‘n’ roll) with open arms.  There’s still a lot for us to accomplish in our home town…  We can sell out some of the classic venues, and have got the hipsters dancing, but there’s still a few rooms we’d like to fill, and hips we’d like to get shaking.”

Pressure & Time is due to be released on CD and LP on June 20th in Europe and on July 26th in North America.  The album will be available on iTunes on June 20th in Europe and on June 21st in North America.

Pre-order Pressure & Time now on CD and limited edition audiophile vinyl in Europe at http://j.mp/jucwYJ or in North America at http://j.mp/mtaFfm

The album is also available to pre-order now on iTunes, with two exclusive bonus tracks not available anywhere else, in Europe at http://j.mp/l09Sji and in North America at http://j.mp/jnpcLp

Watch Rival Sons’ incredible new music video for the track “Pressure and Time” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MA0m1K2jW4

Rival Sons’ track “Torture” from their recently-released, self-titled EP is available to download now for Rock Band.  Get the track from the Rock Band Network at http://www.rockband.com/songs/UGC_5006348

See Rival Sons live on tour at the following shows:

Rival Sons
June 16 – Kalamazoo, MI – Bell’s Eccentric
June 17 – Toronto, ON – Cherry Cola’s Rock N’ Rolla
June 18 – Toronto, ON – Cherry Cola’s Rock N’ Rolla
June 24 – Bilbao, Spain – Azkena Rock Festival
June 26 – Imola, Italy – Sonisphere Festival
June 28 – Zurich, Switzerland – Dynamo Werk 21
July 01 – Dortmund, Germany – FZW Visions Party
July 02 – Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter Festival
July 03 – Arras, France – Main Square Festival
July 05 – Oslo, Norway – Baa
July 06 – Kalskoga, Sweden – Putte Parken Festival
July 08 – Weert, Netherlands – Bospop Festival
July 09 – Knebworth, UK – Sonisphere Festival
July 12 – Leeds, UK – Cockpit 3
July 13 – London, UK – Borderline

Rival Sons w/ Judas Priest, Queensryche
July 15 – Newport, UK – Newport Centre
July 16 – Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo
July 17 – Doncaster, UK – The Dome
July 19 – Glasgow, UK – SECC
July 20 – Newcastle, UK – Metro Arena
July 21 – Wolverhampton, UK – Civic Hall
July 23 – London, UK – High Voltage Festival
July 24 – Bournemouth, UK – BIC

View the tour flyer at: http://earacherecords.com/myspace/rs_summer2011.jpg

Get more Rival Sons news and info at:

Official site – http://www.rivalsons.com
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/rivalsons
MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/rivalsons
Twitter – http://twitter.com/rivalsons


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