Rival Sons Plan Fall Album Release

Rival Sons are planning a fall release for their new studio album, Head Down. The album will be released to the world outside of the U.S. on September 17 with the domestic release to follow in November (exact release TBA).

MSO sent over these details: In order to record the follow-up to their 2011 effort, Pressure & Time, the Los Angeles quartet--Jay Buchanan, vocals, Scott Holiday, guitar; Robin Everhart, bass; and Michael Miley, drums--retreated to Nashville, TN after a four–week stint on the road and holed up in a studio with Grammy Award-nominated producer Dave Cobb (Jamie Johnson, Shooter Jennings) and Grammy Award-winning engineer Vance Powell (Jack White, The White Stripes, Kings of Leon).

The band wrote, recorded, and mixed the album in just 20 days, and the band conjured the same energy that made their last album a fan and critical favorite, while time treading new territory altogether. The rawness and immediacy-- textured with a myriad of light and shade--produce powerful results. Explains Buchanan: "In the code of the Samurai, any decision must be made between 3 and 5 breaths … Writing by that code forces us to act, go with our instincts and really, truly listen to each other. Creatively, you're bringing your most immediate instincts." The first single "Keep On Swinging" from HEAD DOWN will be available very soon.

About the album title, Buchanan reveals, "We took a lyric from one of the songs that exemplified the process of making the record. HEAD DOWN comes from the phrase, 'Keep your head down and keep on swinging.' I thought it was fitting, and it works perfectly with the album cover."

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