Rival Sons Are Stomping Back Across the Pond
Though the Rival Sons' shows and albums caught on in Europe (which can be attributed to the push from their record company, Nottingham, U.K.-based Earache Records) and Canada, the band haven't carved out a strong following in their homeland. While this ongoing struggle has frustrated the band members, they're optimistic 2013 will be the year they surge ahead domestically, and if the end of the past year is any indication, they're starting to be recognized by influential sources. Last December, for a cover story in Rolling Stone, Page was asked what bands he was listening to and enjoying. He mentioned Muse . . . and Rival Sons.
"Him giving us accolades in Rolling Stone, a publication he's had problems with, and he only talks about two bands, one being us, is not only validating, but also so strange and surreal you can't really think about it very much," Buchanan says.
Rival Sons' third album, Head Down, was released in Europe this past August and is slated for a March 5 release in the States. Though they don't have a crystal ball, as they embark on an upcoming tour of the West Coast and Canada, the band have their sights set on conquering America.
Rival Sons perform at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Founders Hall, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, (714) 556-2787; www.scfta.org. Tues., 8 p.m. $10. All ages.