Blues-rockers Rival Sons bring their UK tour to Leeds and are more than ready to stomp the city into submission. Hailing from Long Beach, on the Californian coast, and sounding like Led Zeppelin, Free and Jack White got into a riff off and decided to make love not war, Rival Sons need no subtle introduction or delicate handling. They crash around catchy riffs, pounding drums and driving basslines with infectious passion. “Rock and roll forgot about blues and soul music, and I thought how can this be?” guitarist Scott Holiday recently told The Independent. “We want to be something that people don’t have to go through their old records to get.”
They’ve spent the last few years recording (live), touring (very live) and supporting acts that may not come as a surprise to anyone who’s a newer fan of their classic rock-tinged feel. Opening for people like Aerosmith and Judas Priest, and playing Rock Am Ring and Download festivals, gives you a good indication of their influences. But doesn’t even come close to selling their live performances as absolute tour-de-force(s).
So, on the back of their most recent album (Great Western Valkyrie from June of last year) their UK Tour is heading to the 02 Academy. The 02 isn’t a venue that works for every band that plays it, but try to imagine their huge power chords and southern-blues vocals pinging off the wall of Leeds’ Academy and you know you’ll be in for a treat.
Rival Sons play the 02 Academy this Saturday, 28th March. Tickets are available here.