Rival Sons are prepping the release of their latest album ‘Great Western Valkyrie,’ recorded with producer Dave Cobb at LCS Studios in Nashville earlier this year. It will be released on June 6th in Europe, June 9th in the UK and June 10th in North America. While the first single is slated to be ‘Open My Eyes,’ a fan made cartoon video for the track ‘Electric Man’ leads off these Rock Picks of the Week. Check out the video and audio samples of the new album below.
Rival Sons will also be releasing a 7″ vinyl single with the 2 brand new tracks, ‘Electric Man’ and ‘Belle Starr’ this Saturday, April 19 as part of Record Store Day 14!
Great Western Valkyrie is available to pre-order now in digi-sleeve CD and limited edition colored vinyl formats. A ultra-limited box set will also be available that includes the following:
* Double LP on limited clear vinyl with etched fourth side
* Signed band photo insert
* Custom vinyl slipmat
* 5 bonus track CD
* Album cover t-shirt
* Woven throw blanket
* Album presentation box
Pre-order now at: www.rs14.earache.com, itunes.apple.com and www.amazon.co.uk
California Breed ‘Sweet Tea’ and ‘Midnight Oil’
The impressive hard rock power trio, California Breed, which consists of Glenn Hughes (vocals, bass), Jason Bonham (drums) and Andrew Watt (guitar) have released their first video and single in the U.S., and have now also put out a kick ass lyric video for a second track on their self-titled forthcoming album.
The three-man line-up got together as California Breed for the first time last year after Hughes was introduced to the newcomer from New York by their mutual friend Julian Lennon. “Julian was having an exhibition of his photographs at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in LA,” Glenn recalls, “and he said, ‘You must meet this guy, he’s the most fantastic guitarist – who turned out to be Andrew.”
Reconvening at Hughes’ Hollywood home a few days later, “The chemistry was just instant,” says Hughes. “We immediately wrote two songs together, Chemical Rain and Solo, both of which have ended up on the album. That’s when I called Jason and said you’ve gotta come down right now.”
“The energy when I walked in the room was crackling,” recalls Bonham. “I was so pleased. Glenn and I had not only really locked in as a rhythm section in BCC but we’d started writing together and we both really wanted to keep that good feeling going.”
Recording with Dave Cobb (who also is Rival Sons producer) at the producer’s own studio in Nashville, added all the finishing touches, said Glenn. “I’d gotten into Dave’s work via the Rival Sons, who I know and really love. But Dave has done a lot of great stuff. That whole Nashville trip which Dave is a part of. Well, me and Jason don’t want to sound like anyone else, we already sound like ourselves, but we felt we needed some fresh energy – and Dave absolutely brought it.”
At Cobb’s insistence, every vocal was recorded live as the band was playing. “Totally the reverse of what I’m used to,” added Glenn. “But I went into that aggressive rock soulfulness and everything down to the whispers, it was all done live! I enjoyed myself so much, just going for it.”
California Breed features equal co-writing credits among the three-man lineup. “It’s proper rock,” Hughes says, “but at the same time it’s very now. Andrew is as influenced by Mick Ronson as he is Jimmy Page.” “This kid is amazing,” says Bonham. “The first time we met I thought he looked like the white Jimi Hendrix. And he plays in the studio likes he’s onstage!”
“I grew up listening to all the grunge bands,” says Watt, “but my dad always played me The Who, the Stones and Led Zeppelin so that became my music too.
“This kid is amazing,” says Bonham. “The first time we met I thought he looked like the white Jimi Hendrix. And he plays in the studio likes he’s onstage!”
California Breed’s self-titled debut album will be released by Frontiers Records in Europe on May 16th, and in the UK and US on May 19th. It will be available as a CD, digital download and a Deluxe Edition CD + DVD featuring the bonus song ‘Solo,’ two video clips and a documentary. Fans that pre-order the digital download on iTunes will receive an instant download of the first single, Sweet Tea upon ordering. It is also available as a pre-order from Amazon in CD format and as a CD Deluxe Edition CD + DVD.
California Breed’s track listing:
1. The Way
2. Sweet Tea
3. Chemical Rain
4. Midnight Oil
5. All Falls Down
6. The Grey
7. Days They Come
8. Spit You Out
*Deluxe Edition includes Solo bonus track and a DVD including 2 video clips (The Way and Sweet Tea), plus documentary
Check out the videos for the first U.S. single ‘Sweet Tea’, and the animated lyric video for the track ‘Midnight Oil,’ which was created by Nev Todoroic who spearheads the interactive media production company The Young Astronauts.
Says California Breed’s guitarist, Andrew Watt – “We wanted a lyric video that would make people want to watch this song in addition to just listen to it, one that would highlight the bombastic grooves of the track and convey the rhythm of the message. I turned to my friends, the Young Astronauts, whose previous videos have hundreds of millions of views, but they don’t work with a lot of rock bands and I thought THAT’S the magic, right there.”
“It’s a refreshing animated video that really captures the lyrical concert and message of the Midnight Oil single,” says California Breed’s vocalist and bassist, Glenn Hughes. “We didn’t want to make a run-of-the-mill lyric video. The animation perfectly captures the raw energy, lyrical content and the message of what Midnight Oil is really all about… rock n roll!!”
Midnight Oil is the UK’s first single taken from California Breed’s self-titled debut album released by Frontiers Records in Europe on May 16th, and in the UK and US on May 19th.
Metallica ‘Ronnie Rising Medley’
Metallica couldn’t pick just one Ronnie James Dio song to record for the tribute/benefit compilation ‘This Is Your Life,’ so they picked four. The nine-minute ‘Ronnie Rising Medley,’ puts together four classic Rainbow tracks that featuring Ronnie in a kick-ass tribute to their mentor and friend.
Lars Ulrich recently told Rolling Stone: “[Dio’s] music is so much a part of what’s in Metallica’s DNA, the harder, edgier, blues-based hard rock from the Seventies,” he says. “It was fairly effortless to put this together, because it’s something that we were all reared on. I don’t recall sitting there in a band meeting or anything deciding what to play. Somebody starts playing Stargazer-which is sort of just like something that’s in our arsenal to jam – and then that whole period there, Tarot Woman, Kill the King, A Light in the Black-that’s just really effortless to jump into.”
Buckcherry ‘Dreamin’ Of You’
The latest single and video from Buckcherry’s ‘Confessions’ album, shows the sensitive side of the band and delivers a positive message, about keeping hope and faith that the situation that it will work out with a particular person.
Vocalist Josh Todd recently told Loudwire: “It comes from being lost your whole life and feeling like you’re not a part of the majority, you know? When I was coming up I always felt like there were these little popular cliques in school and there was mainstream music, and I was never part of those types of movements. I was always on the outside looking in, and mostly by choice. It just didn’t feel right, and if something didn’t feel right for me, I wouldn’t go along with it just because other people were going along with it.
So ‘Dreamin’ of You’ is about how when you hook up with somebody and in the story there’s a love interest. There’s this kid in the story who is rough around the edges and has had kind of a colorful childhood and he meets this polar opposite of him, who on the outside, it looks like she’s got it all. She’s got all the material things and her life should be great, but on the inside, she’s a cutter. She has some dark secrets of her own, so ‘Dreamin’ of You’ is just like having hope and having blind faith that everything is going to work out.”
The band continues on tour into the Summer with the following U.S. dates. Check them out if they are in your area:
Apr. 17 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
Apr. 18 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater
Apr. 19 – Lubbock, TX – Wild West
May 2- Joliet, IL – Mojoes
May 3- Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
May 4- Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
May 6- Pittsburgh, PA – The Altar Bar
May 8- Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory
May 9- Uncasville, CT – Wolf Den- Mohegan Sun Casino
May 10- Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
May 22- Birmingham, AL – Iron City
May 30- Huntington, NY – The Paramount
Aug. 8 – Glendive, MT – Dawson County Fairgrounds
Aug. 16 – Glen Flora, WI – Northwoods Rock Rally
Great White’s ‘Complicated’ is the latest single from the band’s latest release ‘Elation’ on Frontiers Records. The boogie-blues track is signature Great White, with fantastic musicianship by the entire band, a rockin’ guitar solo by Mark Kendall, great vocals by Terry Ilous, and a chorus that will catch you. For the new music video the band enlisted help from Mark Teague of Dream Haven Studios to create a multi-media narrative: a first for the band. “We really had a good time making the video and we hope the fans dig it. They will feel the positive energy coming from the song and video,” the band said.
With a futuristic storyline, the band appear via an orb as mini virtual versions of themselves straight off their CD. They really make a “connection” with the main character. Check it out for yourselves and make sure you check out Great White on the road this Spring and Summer. Get all you Great White info at: greatwhiterocks.com