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Rival Sons - The Point, Sunderland (UK) - 10th August 2015

The fire breathing, lizard tongued KISS bassist recently proclaimed that Rock is dead. Try telling that to the likes of Vintage Trouble, Halestorm and Black Stone Cherry, all firing on all cylinders and all packing out shows where ever they play. You can add to that list of sizzling talent, Rival Sons.

Only a couple of years ago RS were third on the bill to Queensryche and Judas Priest but quickly marked themselves down as ones to watch. Extensive touring and a series of increasingly impressive albums have seen their light shine ever brighter with their latest album, 'Great Western Valkyrie', garnering five-star reviews in virtually every musical publication going. In what is an undeniable coup for the local promoter, RS landed in Sunderland for one of only two shows either side of Scotland's Belladrum Festival, and what a night it was.

Vocalist Jay Buchanan is cut from the same cloth as some of Rock's greats, combining the smooth tones of Jim Morrison with the holler of Robert Plant but with enough individuality to give him his own unique identity. Guitarist Scott Holiday cut a fine figure, bedecked in shades with Gibson Firebird in hand as he cranked out some seriously delicious riffs during 'Secret' and 'Tell Me Something'.

Rock bands of old dressed in denim and leather or in the 1980s, spandex and sequins, and that was just the men. Rival Sons look like they've stepped off the cover of GQ magazine with sharp suits and finely sculptured facial adornments yet they Rock hard but Rock with a swagger and a deep, deep groove, with drummer Mike Miley and bassist Dave Beste locked so tightly together that you couldn't get a slip of Rizla between them. 'Electric Man', 'Good Luck' and 'Open My Eyes' were colossal. 'Manifest Destiny' and 'Torture' developed into sprawling jams that allowed Holiday to spread his wings while 'Rich And The Poor' and 'Where I've Been' showed the depth of quality in their repertoire.

Rock has been written off more times than almost any other music form over the years, yet it has a resilience that sees it continually bouncing back from the underground. With The Point packed out on a Monday night and an incendiary performance by these Californian Rockers proving beyond doubt that, far from being dead, Rock is very much alive and kicking.

Mick Burgess

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