What Lies Beneath

Hey folks! 

Last week I had the opportunity (along with very few people all across the globe) to be on a Rival Sons meet and greet at 4 Sound in Stockholm, and be one of the very few to have a hearing session of the new album “Feral Roots”, that is going to be released in the beginning of 2019. 

The experience was beyond cool, as I had the chance to pre order the new record and also be a part of an “interview” session with Scott and Jay. Rock Sverige was also present to shoot these special moments and also shoot us, the lucky ones, who had the chance to have a chat with the band and take a picture after the hearing session and the interviewing took place. 

Myself, I was amazed by how good and well made this new record sounds. I know that every time an artist releases a new record, it is “their best one yet”, but to use exactly Scott’s words “if they don’t say that in every record they make, they have no fucking idea what they are doing.” 

I had the chance along with almost 25-30 people to listen to four of the new songs, and after that to ask a question that Jay and Scott would gladly answer. But first things first; 

The Sons are releasing a new record in the beginning of 2019 called “Feral Roots”. Why would this record be any different than the ones already made? Because in my opinion, this record sounded much deeper than the previous ones. For me, the Sons have an imposing style and sound, and I cannot really think or name any other band that they can be compared to. It is not for an instance like you can say, “hey since you like this band, I’m pretty sure you’re gonna like how Rival Sons sound”. I cannot measure their art this way. So, having that said, if I wrote here, “the new album sounds like this, or like that, would it really do it any justice? If  you write some good words about the sound in a piece of paper or in a blog post would it do it any justice? I don’t really think so. Every artist has a vision,  and different styles of music and sound awaken emotions you never knew they existed. So how about saying this, that the very few songs I got to listen to, have been the internal soundtrack in my days, since last Friday. I absolutely love it when an artist, lyrically or musically touches the heart of an individual in a way that you never expected they would. But at the same time, musicians and artists in general are there to serve the art, so if they manage to do that, then they most certainly reached the absolute level of success. That’s always what I personally believe. 

After the hearing session, we had the chance, to ask Jay and Scott any question that would pop into our minds. I had of course a question myself but didn’t do it during this time, but later on when I got to meet them in person. 

Sweet and gentlemen as always, they welcomed me with open arms and warm hearted smiles, willing to answer anything that I would ask. A lot of times though, my concerns and questions have nothing to do with what I actually see and hear but with what lies behind. The mentality of a focused artist for example. We all know that the carrier of the Sons keeps going only upwards, so my main concern was this; what does an artist like them do in their every day life, in order for them to keep focused, be on the right track, and be productive. Any every day habits, rituals, or anything else that helps them feel focused on their goals, the main one of which is to serve their art. 

Well, as we were having a small chat with Jay and Scott, it made me realize that the answer lies beneath a lot of things that we all do in our every day life. First of all Jay really pointed out that we need to be gentle with ourselves. Don’t be too hard on them. Love them and don’t point out our flaws. As human beings, we are all flawed. But this is not the point. The point is to be gentle and love yourself. Secondly, take care of yourself, in terms of eating healthy, working out, praying and meditating. That way you will not keep falling for temptations like alcohol, late night stays, etc. “We all fell for that”, added Scott, but the more you grow up, the more focused you stay in the things that you love, so as they both mentioned, it is not about anything like this, and one of the most important things as well, is to surround yourself with good people and people that lift you up. 

In general, it’s been really a night worth remembering. I have never been up and close with a band like this before and this made my excitement and anticipation for the new record and the new tour double as much. 

What are your thoughts regarding music like this? Do you like the Sons? Have you ever seen them live? 

If not, feel free to click on the links below about previous posts of mine including live pictures, show reviews and plenty of Rival Sons material! 

https://theurbanside.com/2017/03/03/rival-sons-show-review-annexet-stockholm-2017-03-02/

https://theurbanside.com/2017/08/19/a-music-experience-in-an-enchanted-land/ 

Have a great, powerful rest of the week! 

Xxx, 

Irene 

Teatro Fiasco Live Sessions

Hey friends!

As the Rival Sons are already on the road on their European tour “Hollow Bones” leg 1, they recently announced that they are going to be having a few Facebook live sessions with the guys from the band, joined by people who are working with them on the tour.

The first live session was yesterday with Scott Holiday and the DJ who is part of the new tour, Howie Pyro. The two of them are talking about the new tour and let us know that it is nothing like anything they have done before, but also nothing like any other rock and roll band has ever done before on tour. Teatro Fiasco turns out to be a full concept experience that embraces so many different art forms such as DJing, poetry, visuals and music.

There are program leaflets available for the people to exactly know everything about what the show is going to include and also a lot of new merchandise goodies available such as a new Rival Sons photo book with the best moments of the past six years by photographer Andre Mittwollen.

The show date for Stockholm is on the 2nd of March at Annexet. I will leave a few useful links below and a picture of the Teatro Fiasco Facebook live sessions that you should definitely join if you are into this band’s music.

Also a link where you can purchase tickets for the show and a Spotify link of a new playlist that the guys are going to be updating with songs, based on the new tour music style.

One last thing that you should check out if you love feeding off from music, is the official Rival Sons blog on Tumblr that just recently started being updated again with news and details by the guys from the road. 🙂

Are you ready for such an experience?

If so, I will see you all next week at Annexet – Stockholm ! ❤

Xxx,

Irene

 

Useful links:

Ticket purchase for Sweden:

http://www.livenation.se/show/907040/rival-sons/Stockholm/2017-03-02/se?omq=rival%20so

Rival Sons on Facebook – Twitter- Instagram – Tumblr :

https://www.facebook.com/rivalsons/

https://twitter.com/rivalsons

https://www.instagram.com/rivalsons/

http://rivalsons.tumblr.com/

Rival Sons Teatro Fiasco playlist:

https://open.spotify.com/user/rivalsonsofficial/playlist/45KEbxcF9w7CAEjEahqwjd

Watch the first Facebook live session with Scott Holiday and Howie Pyro here:

https://www.facebook.com/rivalsons/

Facebook Live Sessions Dates:

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Rival Sons – Trädgårn Gothenburg 2015.08.13

I have been all the way to Gothenburg and back to Stockholm in almost twenty four hours and have slept probably around two. Why ? To see and shoot the Sons of course. I am sitting on the train right now heading back home and I cannot help it but recall all the amazing moments from last night’s show. I have been waiting for it almost all summer. I feel deep love for them mostly because they are so damn good in what they do. I remembered from the last time that I shot them in Stockholm, that the opening track was “Electric man” and I was hoping that they would not change that this time. And thank God they didn’t. As soon as I took my place in front of the scene and in front of Scott Holiday, I was patiently waiting for the moment that the lights would go down and I will see them hitting the stage, grabbing their instruments and letting the music do the rest.
That moment didn’t take long to come and all of a sudden Scott Holiday was right in front of me, grabbing his beautiful guitar and starting playing like there is no tomorrow. The melody of “Electric man” started to fill up the atmosphere and I was so drown away by the sound of it that I almost forgot that I was actually there for a reason and that was of course to shoot.

I am a 90’s kid and that means that I don’t really have basic knowledge about this kind of music, but I can sure recognize when an artist does their job right and when their music is made with passion and respect. Just like the first time when I saw them last summer in Stockholm, opening for Aerosmith.

I read a while back another artist’s interview saying ” support your favorite bands or they will die” . This couple of days I was all about that. I can sure tell that they have all of my support now and in the many more years to come. And I hope and wish that someday I will get to know them in person as well so that I can tell them that myself.

Ps : If I didn’t make it that obvious by the pics that follow, I like Scott Holiday and was at his side of the stage throughout the whole time I was shooting. 🙂 I hope you guys like my pics and feel free to share them and comment in the comment section below. 🙂

Have a great weekend my friends wherever you are with lots of music! ❤

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