RIVAL SONS — 10/28/2011

The Palladium, Worcester, MA

October 28, 2011

(supporting act for Evanescence)



Jay Buchanan, Voice

Scott Holiday, Guitar

Robin Everhart, Bass

Michael Miley, Drums



Gypsy Heart

Burn Down Los   Angeles



Pressure & Time

Get What’s Coming

RIVAL SONS is a relatively new band from Los Angeles, but they are a band to watch.  And we did.  RIVAL SONS took to the Palladium stage carrying their drinks, which brought a few hoots and hollers from the audience, but once they set them down and started…this band impressed.  Right from the get-go the sound was bombastic!

Jay, Scott, Robin and Mike rocked the Palladium in Worcester, MA.  From the head banging opener Gypsy Heart, and the bluesy sound of Torture, to the funky beats of Pressure and Time, RIVAL SONS held you spellbound with their down and dirty, raw blues and soul, mixed with old school Rock-n-Roll sound.

Jay Buchanan’s voice is reminiscent of both Paul Rodgers (Bad Company) and Jim Morrison (the Doors) but with a twist of Ian Astbury (the Cult) for that true rock grit. Throw in a bit of Axl Rose (Guns & Roses) for dance moves, and Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) for charisma and Jay is one helluva of a front man.  Scott Holiday’s prowess on the guitar is captivating, mesmerizing and spell binding. It’s all there in his playing; from blues, to classic rock to soul and funk, Scott means business and doesn’t hold back.  Robin Everhart attacks the bass line and holds the sound together, in an understated way; a true force from a storm in the making.  Mike Miley, however, is the storm – a thunderstorm.  He attacks the drums with amazing ferocity and intensity, a wild dynamo of pure heavy strength.

RIVAL SONS has carved out and invented a sound that takes the best from classic rock, old blues, earthy soul, with a bit of jazz just for good measure.  This band rocks it hard, and brings it on home.  I only wish they were based out of Boston instead of LA.  If you have the opportunity to see the powerhouse that is RIVAL SONS … go!  You won’t be disappointed.

Pressure & Time is the bands latest CD.  If you’re a fan of classic rock and blues then I highly recommend you add this CD to your playlist.


For more info, please visit the band’s website at:  www.RivalSons.com


Watch the short video interview of guitarist Scott Holiday (courtesy of Gibson.com):  www.gibson.com/en-us/lifestyle/features/Rival-Sons-0503-2011/


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