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RIVAL SONS, The Classic Grand/Garage, Glasgow
27 September 2012
and I have had a rocky relationship to date. I have seen the guys on a
couple of occasions prior to these shows and I have been less than
encounter was at the SECC in support to Judas Priest and the second was
at Download where the set was shortened due to technical issues. On both
occasions, though, I did think the main problem was the venues and the
situation rather than the band themselves, so would tonight's more
intimate shows prove any better?
tonight was an acoustic set for Real XS competition winners. The venue
was the smaller hall in the Classic Grand which is best described as
intimate. After a quick intro by the ever present Tom Russell the band
took to the stage and kicked off with 'Burn Down Los Angeles'.
course of the three numbers the band proved that they were capable of
providing gutsy, blues laden rock that just hadn't translated in the
The set was
very well received, so much so that their schedule got chucked out the
window and they played a fourth track, namely 'Keep On Swinging' after
which they left the stage to rapturous applause. Round 1 to Rival Sons
was The Garage to witness the band's full set which further showed how
circumstances can dictate your view of a band live.
This set was
a full on rhythm and blues experience with frontman Jay Buchanan giving
it his all. The main elements that define the band are Jay's vocals
which were strong and soulful and the excellent guitar work Scott
Holiday who was impressive throughout.
The set was
culled from the band's back catalogue and from their newly released
album 'Head Down', the highlights being 'Burn Down Los Angeles' again,
'Gypsy Heart' which was a soul filled classic and the encore of
'Manifest Destiny Parts 1 & 2' which allowed both Scott's guitar work
and the excellent rhythm section of Robin Everhart and Mike Miley to
witnessing Rival Sons tonight I finally 'get it'. The band and their
songs are made for smaller, more intimate venues and seeing them in that
setting it all made sense. So round two, and the plaudits go to Rival
photos by David Wilson
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