Friday, June 01, 2012


RIVAL SONS have confirmed that the title of their brand new studio album will be HEAD DOWN.

The follow-up to the band's 2011 breakthrough album, PRESSURE & TIME, was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with Grammy-nominated producer DAVE COBB (JAMIE JOHNSON, SHOOTER JENNINGS) and Grammy-wining engineer VANCE POWELL (JACK WHITE, THE WHITE STRIPES, KINGS OF LEON).  The artwork was created by JASON HOLLEY (JOSH RITTER, RAY LAMONTAGNE).

View the cover artwork for HEAD DOWN at

A brand new RIVAL SONS t-shirt featuring the HEAD DOWN artwork is available now in Europe at and in North America at

RIVAL SONS frontman JAY BUCHANAN explains the album title:

"We took a lyric from one of the songs that exemplified the process of making the record.  Head Down comes from the term 'Keep your head down and keep on swinging'.  I thought it was fitting and it works perfectly with the album cover."

RIVAL SONS guitarist SCOTT HOLIDAY discusses the album artwork at:

"I began searching for the right artist for our cover on the interwebs, just mulling around, and very quickly came across Jason Holley.  I saw a couple of covers that he had done for Josh Ritter and Ray LaMontagne which I loved.  I was immediately taken aback by his aesthetic and style and felt he had a few pieces already done that I would be into using.  I sent some of his images over to Jay and he had the same immediate feeling I did... Which is pretty rare.  He could have been from anywhere in the world, but he just so happened to live about 30 minutes away from me, so I gave him a ring and we started talking.  We sent him the record and discussed ideas that we felt reflected the music and process.  He then created an original piece, painted in oil.  The end result is pretty symbolic and interesting - something that, in my opinion, reflects the record beautifully."

HEAD DOWN is due to be released in late August on Earache Records.

RIVAL SONS have just kicked off a European tour, which includes two shows with GUNS N' ROSES, plus a performance at the UK's Download festival.  Don't miss them on tour at the following shows:

Jun. 01 - Nuremberg, Germany - Rock im Park
Jun. 02 - Nürburg, Germany - Rock am Ring
Jun. 03 - Den Bosch, Netherlands - W2
Jun. 04 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Ahoy (w/ GUNS N' ROSES)
Jun. 06 - Aarhus, Denmark - Voxhall
Jun. 07 - Sölvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
Jun. 08 - Mönchengladbach, Germany - Warsteiner Hockey Park (w/ GUNS N' ROSES)
Jun. 10 - Castle Donington, UK - Download Festival
Jun. 12 - Hamburg, Germany - Stadtpark (w/ EVANESCENCE)
Jun. 14 - Dortmund, Germany - Westfalenhalle (w/ EVANESCENCE)
Jun. 16 - Bulle, Switzerland - Ebullition
Jun. 17 - Clisson, France - Hellfest
Jun. 19 - Prague, Czech Republic - MeetFactory (w/ EAGLES OF DEATH METAL)
Jun. 20 - Zagreb, Croatia - Tvornica
Jun. 22 - Milan, Italy - Gods of Metal Festival
Jun. 23 - Roeser, Luxembourg - Rock A Field Festival
Jun. 24 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Metal Meeting

Jun. 30 - Owen Sound, ON - Big Music Fest

Jul. 05 - Sundsvall, Sweden - Sundsvall Festival
Jul. 06 - Turku, Finland - Ruisrock Festival
Jul. 14 - Joensuu, Finland - Ilosaarirock Festival
Jul. 17 - Uppsala, Sweden - Katalin
Jul. 19 - Tonsberg, Norway - Slottsfjell Festival
Jul. 20 - Tromso, Norway - Bukta Festival
Jul. 21 - Njordfordeid, Norway - Malakoff Rockfestival

View the tour flyer at

View the flyer for the Download festival, where the band will also be taking part in a signing session, at

RIVAL SONS recently released a new music video for the track, "Face of Light".  Watch the video now at

PRESSURE & TIME is available now as a special redux edition, including two incredible bonus tracks, "Company Man" and "Life For This Road", plus a bonus DVD featuring these great videos:

* 'Gypsy Heart', 'Pressure and Time' and 'Soul' live from High Voltage festival
* 'Pressure and Time', 'All Over the Road' and 'Get What's Coming' official promo videos
* 'Pressure and Time' live backstage at Werchter festival
* Pressure & Time promo trailer

Get the PRESSURE & TIME redux CD/DVD now in Europe at or in North America at

The PRESSURE & TIME redux is also available on iTunes, including all bonus tracks and videos, at

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Phone: +44(0)207 240 5002

NYC office phone: +1(718)786 1707

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