Rival Sons is an American rock band from Long Beach, California.
In 2008 guitarist Scott Holiday, drummer Michael Miley and bassist Robin Everhart formed the band. Miley had heard of singer Jay Buchanan before. They contacted him through MySpace and after a failed attempt, they were able to convince him to join the band.
The band quickly signed with Atlantic Records, although they left shortly afterwards. Being without a label, they digitally self-released their first album Before the Fire in 2009. Jack Rivera of Huffington Post declared them the “Rock Band to Watch” in November 2009.
With Pressure & Time on international turntables, the band went on to play festivals like Sonisphere, T in the Park, Rock Werchter and Arras. They also supported Judas Priest in July 2011.[
This was followed in November by their first full-length European tour, during which they sold out every UK show, as well as several shows across Europe. The year also saw live TV appearances in Germany (‘Die Harald Schmidt Show’ and ‘neoParadise’) and America. At the annual Classic Rock Awards the band played an acoustic set. They rounded off the year by being voted ‘Best New Band’ by listeners of Planet Rock radio, while Pressure & Time was voted the No. 2 Album of the Year by Classic Rock Magazine.