Rival Sons; last year they were rightly dubbed “America’s best new band”, and we launched our love affair with them, lauding them with praise especially in light of their superb debut album “Pressure and Time”. Since then, we’ve followed them closely, caught them live on a few occasions and gobbled up everything that they have thrown our way, hoping that they just don’t stop.

Well, they haven’t stopped, they’ve hit that “difficult second album” stage and September 17th sees the release of “Head Down”. We’re not going to fanny about, this is excellent, it really is. It sticks two nicotine stained fingers up at any notion of a second album being difficult, this is pure, groove driven relentless brilliance.

Kicking off with the hugely infectious “Keep On Swinging” these four L.A. retro rockers pick up where “Pressure & Time” left off. Combined, they borrow and steal heavily from the 70’s, Led Zepplin to The Doors they bring back the cool. Dripping with attitude and swagger Rival Sons deliver such raw heartfelt albums it would be criminal to not sit up and take notice.

Recorded in Nashville, with Grammy-nominated producer Dave Cobb at the helm, the organic chemistry between the guys carries accross to the record. Jay Buchannan’s vocals dance around Scott Holiday’s blues laced riffs, painting vocal landscapes whilst Robin Everhart’s basslines add soul and funk. Mike Miley behind the drumkit is simply superb, one of the best in the business, adding the heartbeat and soul to the tracks, far more than just the backbeat.

“Wild Animal” and “You Want To” continues the raucous attitude, “All The Way” packs in the fun and funk, and “Jordan” and “Nava” delivers the sensitivity. Rival Sons have grown beyond expectations, these boys are so in tune with each other they could probably make a catchy record using only kitchen utensils.

A cracking album, from a cracking bunch of musicians… just go buy it, it’s brilliant.

Rival Sons are bringing the “Head Down” Tour to Europe, and you really should catch them at one of these dates:

Sep. 21 – Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
Sep. 22 – Bristol, UK – Thekla
Sep. 23 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
Sep. 24 – Sheffield, UK – Corporation
Sep. 26 – Newcastle, UK – Academy 2
Sep. 27 – Glasgow, UK – Garage
Sep. 28 – Manchester, UK – Ritz
Sep. 29 – Wolverhampton, UK – Wulfrun Hall
Oct. 01 – London, UK – Electric Ballroom
Oct. 02 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
Oct. 03 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
Oct. 04 – Cologne, Germany – Werkstatt
Oct. 05 – Berlin, Germany – Postbahnhof
Oct. 07 – Warsaw, Poland – Hydrozagadka
Oct. 08 – Vilnius, Lithuania – New York Club
Oct. 09 – Tallinn, Estonia – Rock Cafe
Oct. 11 – Helsinki, Finland – Club Circus
Oct. 12 – Tampere, Finland – Pakkahuone Club
Oct. 13 – Oulu, Finland – Club Teatria
Oct. 15 – Stockholm Sweden – Tyrol
Oct. 16 – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
Oct. 17 – Stavanger, Norway – Folken
Oct. 18 – Bergen, Norway – Hulen
Oct. 20 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Trädgår’n
Oct. 21 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
Oct. 22 – Hamburg, Germany – Knust
Oct. 23 – Munich, Germany – 59:1
Oct. 24 – Vienna, Austria – B72
Oct. 26 – Bern, Switzerland – Bierhubeli
Oct. 27 – Milan, Italy – Magazzini Generali
Oct. 28 – Zurich, Switzerland – Plaza
Oct. 29 – Paris, France – Nouveau Casino