Singled Out: Rival Sons' Torture

04/15/2011
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Rival Sons are creating quite the buzz with their classic rock infused sound and sharing the stage with likes of AC/DC, Alice Cooper and Kid Rock. Today their frontman Jay Buchanan tells us about the song "Torture" from their self-titled EP. Here is the story:

I was living in a studio flat in Long Beach at the time. Broke. A buddy of mine from Texas lived next door.

I had written the guitar for the verse, chorus and bridge drenched in reverb and a slow, saturated tremelo and I really felt like I had something. The song sat like that for a few weeks. The riff was strong but the lyric story had yet to hit me and I was getting pretty frustrated about it.

So, after working the guitar line for an hour or so one afternoon I hear my neighbor call to me from outside. I walk out and there is a huge snake on the grass in front of my door. My buddy is freaking out a bit, I guess he thought it was a rattler or something. It looked to me like a gopher snake. Since he's freaking out, I naturally start feeling like a macho man so I reach down and grab the snake. The snake in turn bites my hand and wraps tightly around my arm as I'm standing there trying to be Fonzie or something. I walk three houses down and drop the snake in this lady's back yard who likes to leave bitchy notes on people's windshields.

I had a beer, and finished writing the song that night.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and check out the music video from the track right here!

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