About Rival Sons

Rival Sons is an American rock band from Long Beach, California. Formed in 2009, they have released six albums and one EP. They originate from the remnants of a previous band of guitarist Scott Holiday. The band is known for extensive touring and their notable album release Pressure & Time. They are signed to Low Country Sound, an imprint of Elektra run by Dave Cobb.


Rival Sons formed in Long Beach where Jay Buchanan and Michael Miley lived. Prior to the formation of Rival Sons, Jay Buchanan recorded as a solo artist and with his Buchanan band. He independently released All Understood in 2004 and True Love EP in 2006. Scott Holiday had been active in many bands including Human Lab who were signed to Atlantic Records which he then subsequently left and formed a band called Black Summer Crush.


In 2006 Holiday came across Buchanan while searching on MySpace for a singer. Drummer Michael Miley had previously worked with Jay and he had met bassist Robin Everhart playing at a benefit concert at Isaac Hayes house for Hurricane Katrina in Long Beach. The union of these four, Holiday, Buchanan, Everhart and Miley led to the formation of Rival Sons.


Rival Sons was the first rock band Jay had performed with so he initially was skeptical and made it a side project. Yet Jay was impressed by the reaction and success the new band received with their debut album Before the Fire and committed full-time. Jack Rivera of the Huffington Post declared them “A rock band to watch.” in November, 2009. The band, following up with this new found acclaim, then was invited to perform as a supporting act for AC/DC, Alice Cooper and Kid Rock shows. During this time, Rival Sons also performed on the race track during a televised show of The Indianapolis 500.


After the successful release of Before the Fire, the band recorded a self-titled EP in 2010, which caught the attention of Earache Records founder Digby Pearson and the band was subsequently offered a record deal in November, 2010. This signing immediately led to the band recording their notable album Pressure & Time on the Earache label in early 2011.


Their self-titled EP was re-released digitally by Earache Records in February, 2011, from which their debut European single, “Torture” was taken.


In March, 2011 a string of shows at Canadian Music Week, SXSW and the House of Blues were announced.


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