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RIVAL SONS ANNOUNCE L.A. EDWARDS AS SUPPORT ON EUROPEAN TOUR

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Rival Sons, who recently announced a second album entitled LIGHTBRINGER arriving this October, have confirmed L.A. Edwards (Luke Andrew Edwards) an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Julian, CA as main support on their UK & European tour this autumn.

Rival Sons are currently on tour with The Smashing Pumpkins in North America. Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan is quoted in Glide Magazine as stating: “They (Rival Sons) have the blues, but it makes me feel good.

The band have been on the road since before the release of DARKFIGHTER in June. They will continue through 2023 returning to Europe in October.

The UK & European tour will kick off at the legendary Roundhouse in Camden, London on October 13th and includes Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom (16th Oct), Paris L’Olympia (27th Oct) and Melkweg Amsterdam (Sold Out). Tickets and full dates available now at rivalsons.com/tour 

Guitarist Scott Holiday has confirmed that they will not only be playing material from latest album DARKFIGHTER (June 2023) but also the forthcoming album LIGHTBRINGER (Out October 20th 2023) on the European dates. 

Dear friends across the pond, not only will you be getting songs from DARKFIGHTER on the upcoming tour, but you will be first to hear us perform songs from the new album LIGHTBRINGER! This really is a landmark for the band, 2 releases this year! It’s something we’re quite proud of.

We can’t wait to share these new songs live, as well as dipping back into our career with some deeper cuts. We really want to create a special, individual show every night.”

Jay Buchanan states, “DARKFIGHTER is a new Rival Sons, and LIGHTBRINGER is the clear definition of what we are now. We broke ground on DARKFIGHTER, but LIGHTBRINGER is a step beyond the personal innovation and exploration.

It goes a little further. We took everything into our own hands and pushed to see how far we could go. It was a self-exploration to see who we were and who we’ll be now.

We had more friction and compromise than ever, because we isolated the bare essence of where we needed to go—and then we went there.

The band set the stage for LIGHTBRINGER with a rollicking, roaring, and righteous new single entitled “Sweet Life” – available on all streaming platforms now.

Check out the Sweet Life Lyric video below.

From the jump, a frenetic drumbeat gives way to a rip-roaring riff. Meanwhile, Jay’s bluesy wail bounces between a cathartic hook and boogie-down groove as he bemoans, “I’ve got to shake, shake, shake the bad rhythm for good,” shimmying in lockstep with the guitar.

Regarding “Sweet Life,” Jay promised, “It’s the most old-school Rival Sons song on either of these two records. It has all the early elements of what Rival Sons is and was. It was born out of my love mid-sixties rock like The Animals, The Kinks, and the bands I was raised on. It’s a bit of a break from all of the heavy subject matter too; it’s a barnburner.

Rival Sons crafted DARKFIGHTER and LIGHTBRINGER during the same sessions over the course of 2021. Once again, they recorded with creative confidant and longtime producer Dave Cobb behind the board.

The band initially dropped DARKFIGHTER to unanimous tastemaker praise earlier this summer. Classic Rock attested, “DARKFIGHTER might just be Rival Sons’ masterpiece,” and GLIDE Magazine enthused, “DARKFIGHTER is a lean hard rock album that condenses what Rival Sons does well into a brief attack.

At the same time, they have piled up millions of streams across the likes of “Nobody Wants To Die,” “Bird in the Hand,” “Rapture,” and more.

[LIGHTBRINGER album art / tracklisting / tour itinerary below]

For more information about L.A. Edwards who released their third studio album January 2023 Out of the Heart of Darkness. Go to https://www.laedwards.net

LIGHTBRINGER:

  1. Darkfighter
  2. Mercy
  3. Redemption
  4. Sweet Life
  5. Before The Fire
  6. Mosaic

PRE-ORDER/PRE-SAVE LIGHTBRINGER HERE

Like a gang of tried-and-true mavericks, Rival Sons most definitely march to the beat of their own drum. Right when you think you’ve got them figured out, the Los Angeles quartet—Jay Buchanan [vocals, acoustic guitar], Scott Holiday [lead guitar], Mike Miley [drums], and Dave Beste [bass]—will flip the script and surprise you once more.

Their very emergence is inexplicable in the best way. They never fit into any era or category, yet their uncompromising spirit might be more necessary today than ever.

A sense of panache, a dash of mystery, and an unapologetic commitment to the craft of rock ‘n’ roll underscore their deep catalogue highlighted by the likes of Pressure & Time [2011], Great Western Valkyrie [2014], and Feral Roots [2019], which garnered two GRAMMY® Award nominations in the categories of “Best Rock Album” and “Best Rock Performance” for the single “Too Bad.” Meanwhile, the Rock Radio #1 hit “Do Your Worst” has reeled in 70 million streams and counting.

At the same time, they’ve held their own on stage with Black Sabbath, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, and Lenny Kravitz in addition to blowing the roof off television staples such as The Late Late Show with James Corden, Jools Holland and Jimmy Kimmel.

In 2023, they continue to subvert expectations with two full-length LPs—DARKFIGHTER and LIGHTBRINGER [Low Country Sound / Atlantic Records]—and more to come.

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