Musician and journalist Barbara Caserta of Italian web radio LineaRock.it conducted an interview with California blues rockers RIVAL SONS. You can now watch the entire 35-minute chat below.
RIVAL SONS‘ new album, “Head Down”, was released in Europe on September 17 via Earache Records. The CD, which will be made available on physical formats in the USA on January 22, 2013, was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with Grammy-nominated producer Dave Cobb (JAMIE JOHNSON, SHOOTER JENNINGS) and Grammy-wining engineer Vance Powell (JACK WHITE, THE WHITE STRIPES, KINGS OF LEON). The artwork was created by Jason Holley (JOSH RITTER, RAY LAMONTAGNE) and can be seen below.
In a recent interview with Shindig! magazine’s hip little sister Happening, RIVAL SONS guitarist Scott Holiday stated about “Head Down”, “We toured for over a year straight on the back of ‘Pressure Time’, lots of improvisation. Making a lot of shit up on a nightly basis — getting very tuned in. Doing this made us closer to each other, the songs, and our audience. Much more in touch. That said, I think we put together a more live, conversational record (musically) than any of our others. It’s our fourth record, technically. We knew where we wanted to fill in the gaps. It’s more of a ‘long-form record for us, too, which I wanted because that will better reflect the live show. We really got to stretch out, hit some new influences. I definitely got to explore and show a few new tricks in my bag. That’s what it’s all about though, right? Pushing your personal boundaries. It still sounds very much like a RIVAL SONS record, though. I think it’s definitely our best-‘sounding’ record sonically. And most complete, as far as the concept, songs, artwork. And I will mention it’s a double vinyl, which I can really dig, with gatefold cover of a beautiful painting created for us by Jason Holley.”