Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Californian blues-rockers RIVAL SONS have just released their mind-blowing new album, PRESSURE & TIME, in Europe.  The album is due to be released in North America on July 26th.

Noted for their eclectic playing styles, the band's rhythm section of MICHAEL MILEY (drums) and ROBIN EVERHART (bass) took some time to talk about their styles, influences and icons.

MICHAEL MILEY: "I grew up loving Cream, The Beatles, McCartney and Lennon solo, as well as some of the muso music like Steely Dan and Phil Collins.  My first albums I bought when I got my first drum set (aged 9) were Motley Crue 'Shout at the Devil' and Madonna 'self-titled'.  In high school and college I got heavily into jazz (big band and bebop) and Frank Zappa.  My favorite drummers are Keith Moon, Mitch Mitchell, Tony Williams, Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones, Jeff Porcaro, and Vinnie Colaiuta.  Mostly, I like drummers who play from the gut; with feeling - no thinking - and that's what these always offered me."

ROBIN EVERHART: "Growing up I remember listening to a tape in my dad's car, lots, called T'n'T.  It was a compilation of the Temptations and the Four Tops, and it was pretty much the best thing I'd ever heard!  So funky!  And that BASS.  Also, around this time I also got into Earth, Wind And Fire - Verdine White on bass being a HUGE part of their sound.  This was around the time we got to pick our instruments in school.  Our school didn't have a string program, so I picked up saxophone instead, 'cause I'd been listening to my dad's Getz/Gilberto, Dave Brubeck (Paul Desmond on sax) and Henry Mancini 'Pink Panther' vinyls...

"Sax was going okay, but by this time my brother was already playing out in bands, and I had changed schools 'cause I was bored and getting bad grades and getting in trouble at my old school.  As a reward for a good report card I finally got a bass.  I learned everything that was going on at the time: Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Primus, etc...  But then I REALLY got in John Pattitucci, and Jaco was officially down the rabbit hole.  I searched out all their bands and contemporaries.  From there, and from RHCP I got really into funk: James Brown 'In the Jungle Groove', Parliament/Funkadelic, P-funk All Stars.  I also got into '60s Miles Davis classic quintet, and on and on.

"Then it was jazz school.  Also got heavily into The Beatles in college, and underground hip-hop.  And classic hip-hop: A Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde, The Beastie Boys.  My bass heroes would have to be James Jamerson, John Paul Jones, John Entwistle, John Patitucci, Larry Graham, Verdine White, Prince, Flea, Sting, Paul McCartney, Paul Jackson Jr., and Paul Chambers."

PRESSURE & TIME is out now in Europe on CD and limited edition audiophile vinyl.  Get the album at:

HMV (with free pin badge) - (with free signed band photo) -
Earache Webstore -

PRESSURE & TIME is also available now worldwide on iTunes with two exclusive bonus tracks.  Get the album in Europe at or in North America at

PRESSURE & TIME is due to be released on CD and limited edition vinyl LP in North America on July 26th.  Pre-order it now at

RIVAL SONS first single from the album, "Pressure and Time", is also available now on iTunes USA as the free "Single of the Week".  Download the free track now at

Watch RIVAL SONS' incredible new music video for "Pressure and Time" at

RIVAL SONS' track "Torture" from their recently-released, self-titled EP is available to download now for Rock Band.  Get the track from the Rock Band Network at

See RIVAL SONS live on tour this summer at the following shows:

June 24 - Bilbao, Spain - Azkena Rock Festival
June 26 - Imola, Italy - Sonisphere Festival
June 28 - Zurich, Switzerland - Dynamo Werk 21
July 01 - Dortmund, Germany - FZW Visions Party
July 02 - Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter Festival
July 03 - Arras, France - Main Square Festival
July 05 - Oslo, Norway - Baa
July 06 - Kalskoga, Sweden - Putte Parken Festival
July 08 - Weert, Netherlands - Bospop Festival
July 09 - Knebworth, UK - Sonisphere Festival
July 12 - Leeds, UK - Cockpit 3
July 13 - London, UK - Borderline

July 15 - Newport, UK - Newport Centre
July 16 - Manchester, UK - O2 Apollo
July 17 - Doncaster, UK - The Dome
July 19 - Glasgow, UK - SECC
July 20 - Newcastle, UK - Metro Arena
July 21 - Wolverhampton, UK - Civic Hall
July 23 - London, UK - High Voltage Festival
July 24 - Bournemouth, UK - BIC

View the tour flyer at

Get more RIVAL SONS news and info at:

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London office phone: +44(0)207 240 5002

NYC office phone: +1(718)786 1707

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