On their new album "Hollow Bones", the four Californians once again inspire with impetuous energy, wild blues rock and a hint of 70s nostalgia. As with the predecessor, the comparison with Led Zeppelin is obvious. "We all actually hear a lot of Led Zeppelin and are often compared to them," says bassist Dave Beste, who has been with the Rival Sons since 2013. "Personally, I don't think the new album in particular sounds like this. We weren't influenced by other bands either, only by ourselves."
He explains the feeling of listening to "Hollow Bones", a blues rock/hard rock record from the seventies: "This is probably due to our way of recording, which is basically quite old-fashioned. We play the pieces together, live, so to speak. Maybe here and there something will be recorded and improved one by one, nothing more. We have about three and a half weeks for the studio recordings, and that's it. There's no such thing as tinkering with it forever afterwards."
After the release of "Great Western Valkyrie" (2014) the band was on tour almost continuously, mostly as support band for greats like Aerosmith, AC/DC or Deep Purple. "There wasn't time for songwriting, the material was created in the studio," says Beste. "Everybody contributed their part, our guitarist Scott or me an idea for a riff, Jay, the singer, a song idea. We jammed a lot and then we started to structure..."