Rival Sons might be better named Revival Sons, given their penchant for channeling '60s and '70s Rock, especially Led Zeppelin. The comparisons grew so frequent that bassist Dave Beste felt compelled to state that the group didn't feel they were the 'new Led Zeppelin'. But he did add that they were trying to save Rock 'n' Roll.
With one unreleased album to their credit, Black Summer Crush with guitarist Scott Holiday, bassist Robin Everhart and drummer Mike Miley, broke up. But essentially they dropped their lead singer and added Blues wailer Jay Buchanan, who Holiday found via MySpace. The Long Beach outfit then became Rival Sons, Buchanan's first Rock band.
Rival Sons issued a self-released debut in '09 before landing on the U.K. indie imprint Earache Records. The label issued group's '11 sophomore set "Pressure & Time," which led to a tour slot supporting Evanescence from late '11 to early '12.
12's "Head Down" was followed, two years later, by "Great Western Valkyrie." The latter was Rival Sons' fourth studio album but the first with Beste (who replaced Everhart).
During this period Rival Sons headlined small venue tours and served as an opening act on larger ones, including Sammy Hagar's '13 U.S. trek and a stint with Aerosmith on their '14 European jaunt.
2009 Before The Fire
2011 Pressure & Time
2012 Head Down
2014 Great Western Valkyrie