Set for release June 2014 via Earache Records, Great Western Valkyrie puts Rival Sons freewheeling fuzz and improvisational stage ethos to wax and cements their position as America’s next great rock’n’roll band. With a ‘conscious decision for this band to be just what it is’ (Jay Buchanan) this album is more cohesive than any Rival Sons album before and firmly plants their west coast sun-kissed rock as a record that feels at home with the loose revivalism of Jack White, the garage rock of The Monks and the soul of Alabama Shakes.
In Jays own words “We have one of the greatest rock’n’roll drummers and guitarists on the planet, so lets be a straight up rock’n’roll band”
Scott Holiday: “We have a reputation for recording our albums very quickly and keeping things very live - off the floor. This record is even more of a testament to that process. Once again, we wrote and recorded almost everything on the spot…but this time even more of what you hear on the album are our live takes…all playing together. In addition, there was very little overdubbing…Opting to keep the sound intact and very accurate as to deliver to the listener exactly what was happening in the room when we put it down.”
Jay Buchanan “Five records in, it just happens. The gestation period passes and you realize that you've chain-smoked and binge-drank your way through another pregnancy. How healthy will it be? Count: ten toes, ten fingers, vitals are stable and through grace it looks like you've skated by again. What makes this one different? Nothing or maybe everything. As it turns out, there was a false wall in the Rival Sons basement that concealed a vast collection of mystic literature. We burned it all.”
Great Western Valkyrie will be released June 6th in Europe, and June 9th in the UK on Earache Record.
May 30 - Helsinki, Finland - Hartwall Arena (w/ AEROSMITH)
Jun. 01 - Stockholm, Sweden - Tele2 Arena (w/ AEROSMITH)
Jun. 04 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje
Jun. 05 - Berlin, Germany - C-Club
Jun. 06 - Nurburg, Germany - Rock Am Ring
Jun. 07 - Nuremburg, Germany - Rock Im Park
Jun. 09 - London, UK - Scala (SOLD OUT)
Jun. 10 - Birmingham, UK - Academy 2 (SOLD OUT)
Jun. 12 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla (SOLD OUT)
Jun. 13 - Castle Donington, UK - Download Festival
Jun. 14 - Isle of Wight, UK - Isle of Wight Festival
Jun. 16 - Edinburgh, UK - Liquid Rooms (SOLD OUT / date changed from June 11th)
Jun. 19 - Nashville, TN - 3rd & Lindsley
Jun. 20 - Sparta, IL - Copperhead Music Festival
Jun. 21 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot
Jun. 24 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge (SOLD OUT)
Jun. 27 - Saint-Ephrem, QC - Woodstock en Beauce
Jun. 28 - Kingston, ON - Ale House
Jul. 03 – Toronto, Canada – Virgin Mobile Mod Club
Jul. 04 - Barrie, ON - Ranch Concert Hall (w/ THE TEA PARTY)
Jul. 05 - Thunder Bay, ON - Thunder Bay Blues Festival
Jul. 08 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
Jul. 09 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
Jul. 11 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre
Jul. 12 - Telluride, CO - The Ride Festival
Jul. 31 - Notodden, Norway - Notodden Blues Festival
Aug. 01 - Andalsnes, Norway - Raumarock Festival
Aug. 02 - Ostersund, Sweden - Storsjoyran Festival
Aug. 07 - Skanderborg, Denmark - Smukfest
Aug. 09 - Oppikopi Festival, Limpopo, South Africa
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