Long Beach, California's RIVAL SONS have announced their first full North American headline tour. The dates include stops at New York's Brooklyn Steel, Philadelphia's Union Transfer and Los Angeles's Henry Fonda Theatre. THE SHEEPDOGS will support all U.S. dates.
Pre-sales begin Wednesday, December 5 at 10:00 a.m. local time; all remaining tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, December 7 at 10:00 a.m. local.
The upcoming tour schedule marks the release of RIVAL SONS' much-anticipated new album, "Feral Roots", which arrives everywhere on January 25 via Low Country Sound/Atlantic Records.
"Feral Roots" was produced by Grammy Award winner Dave Cobb at Nashville's famed RCA Studio A, and the equally legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Exclusive pre-order bundles are available via RivalSons.com, including limited-edition vinyl and autographed lithographs of the album's cover art, painted by renowned contemporary artist Martin Wittfooth. All pre-orders are joined by instant grat downloads of the recently released album tracks "Do Your Worst" and "Back In The Woods".
Rolling Stone hailed "Do Your Worst" as "a relentless rocker with a gritty verse spearheaded by a sinister lead guitar riff and thumping drums. The track takes a deft turn when it hits the chorus, forgoing out-and-out guitar bombast for rousing gang vocals with singer Jay Buchanan leading the charge." "Do Your Worst" is joined by an official music video that shows rival sons at their onstage best, alongside behind-the-scenes footage and a performance filmed at the aforementioned Studio A.
"Back In The Woods" made its debut by way of Consequence Of Sound, which declared it to be "a rootsy rock track, with (RIVAL SONS) not only taking us 'Back In The Woods' but also back in time to big classic rock sounds of the '60s and '70s."
The primal intensity of "Feral Roots" reflects a certain unrest at the heart of the album, sparked by Buchanan's recent move to Tennessee. "With all the stimuli we're constantly receiving these days, I think a lot of people have a desire to live with more freedom and simplicity," noted Buchanan. "There's a longing for your truer nature to prevail, and to reclaim some sort of wildness." But with its nuanced explorations of art and love and truth, "Feral Roots" ultimately argues for pushing beyond pure survival instincts and striving for something more exalted: an unbreakable commitment to creating beauty of your own.
RIVAL SONS are also set for a special headline performance at 98.9 The Bear's Electric Christmas, on December 15 at Fort Wayne, Indiana's Pierre's Entertainment Center.
RIVAL SONS are: Jay Buchanan (vocals), Scott Holiday (guitar), Dave Beste (bass guitar) and Mike Miley (drums).
Apr. 04 - Dallas, TX - Trees
Apr. 05 - Fort Smith, AR - TempleLive
Apr. 06 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
Apr. 08 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
Apr. 09 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade (Heaven Stage)
Apr. 10 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
Apr. 12 - Charleston, SC - Ladson Exchange Fairgrounds**
Apr. 13 - Orlando, FL - Central Florida Fairgrounds**
Apr. 14 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena**
Apr. 17 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
Apr. 18 - Boston, MA - Royale Night Club
Apr. 19 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall***
Apr. 21 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel
Apr. 22 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Apr. 23 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit
Apr. 25 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Apr. 26 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
Apr. 27 - Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre
Apr. 29 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre
Apr. 30 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Commonwealth Room
May 02 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
May 03 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
May 04 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre***
May 06 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
May 07 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
May 09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
** Festival Lineup
*** No THE SHEEPDOGS