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Rival Sons/Hollow Bones(2016)


June 6th 2016 and  Rival Sons drop yet another Fantastic Slab O Rock! As  you readers of Stick It In Your Ear  already know how much I dig these Fella’s as it takes this Ol Buzzard a lot to stand up and take notice to new Sonics Of Rock!

Well stand up and notice I did and this album to put it bluntly is Brilliant! Producer Dave Cobb has magically weaved the Sonic Wand from the 70s and has given Rival Sons the  production to keep it sounding retro like, yet with an eye on the current and future!

Smart play I say and why not. This is indeed an album made by a band that like a few others out there that are not going to make the same album twice or three times in a row!

The Dudes that created this Epic Piece of Rock are..

Jay Buchanan — vocals
Scott Holiday — guitar, string arrangement
Dave Beste — bass guitar
Michael Miley — drums

The songs from the album are below….

Writer(s) Length
1. “Hollow Bones Pt. 1” Scott Holiday, Jay Buchanan, Michael Miley, Dave Cobb 2:52
2. “Tied Up” David Beste, Buchanan, Holiday 3:27
3. “Thundering Voices” Holiday, Buchanan, Cobb, Miley 2:53
4. “Baby Boy” Buchanan, Holiday 3:37
5. “Pretty Face” Buchanan, Holiday 3:23
6. “Fade Out” Holiday, Buchanan 4:50
7. “Black Coffee” Ike Turner, Tina Turner 5:34
8. “Hollow Bones Pt. 2” Buchanan, Holiday, Miley, Beste 6:50
9. “All That I Want” Buchanan 3:39
Total length:

Don’t you just love it!  Just under 38 Minutes  long enough  for everyone not  to lose their attention span especially mine!

The songs are brilliantly crafted. Hollow Bones PT 1 squashes your brains within  the opening 10 seconds of the song  as Miley/Beste and Holiday crush it and Cobb adds the winning touches sonically while Jay throws it down vocally. Seriously he is the real deal vocally while Holiday on guitar is a genius with his Riffs O Rock. Scott is not a showboater on the 6 string as he knows his place in the Sons and this is what makes them unique. As a whole there all equals as no one is trying to show the other guy up!

Tied Up features Miley playing a Zep Bonzo like groove and take about a real cool fade out at the end of the track as the boys go off into Jam Land. I do not as a listener want it to end!

Many of these tracks are like that built up from jams and Black Coffee being the cover tune on the album but by the way the Sons do it you think they wrote it!

Other Gems like Baby Boy are straight ahead Rival Rock Tracks with Miley keeping the beat moving while Holiday zips in and zips out with his Riffing Bolts Of brilliance!

Fade Out is perhaps my fav track at the moment! It continuously builds up and Jay lays down one of the many great vocal tracks throughout this album, The shift of the gears of the band at the end is just so brilliant! Holiday is soooo good on this track……

All That I Want features Holiday on acoustic and the smooth vocal delivery of one Mr Buchanan! The Sons just strip it down to the bare essentials here folks!

Jay/Scott/Dave and Michael go beyond the call of duty in their writing and arranging on this album while Dave Cobb delivers the final touches at the recording and mixing console!

Hollow Bones continues the path of the Rival Sons of moving forward yet staying true to their roots!

I cannot stop listening to this album……

Rival Sons/Hollow Bones.Pt 1(2016)

Yeah Man! Hollow Bones Pt 1 is the lead off single and  lead album track from the forthcoming album titled ….drumroll please….HOLLOW BONES due to be released June 10 2016! I’m stoked and ready for it as it was a no brainer when this album went on preorder on iTunes it was a quick click! Hollow Bones Pt 1 was sent to my iPod stat as a result and it was a quick listen as I don’t to often listen to the preorder songs that are released at the time as I prefer to hear the album as a whole upon first listen. Sometimes there are exceptions and The Sons are the exception!

Scott Holiday(guitar) Jay Buchanan(vocals) Dave Beste(bass) and Micheal Miley (drums) lay down some serious Rock! Lemme explain!

Hollow Bones Pt 1 just blitzes out of the gates with drums and cymbals smashing along with some serious bass action! Think a thrashy version of The Who’s  Keith Moon(RIP) and John Entwistle(RIP) just rippin it up!. Along for the ride though is Master Of The Distorted Rock Guitar Mr Scott Holiday who friggin doesn’t strum the guitar he fucking assaults the guitar like a Sonic SledgeHammer and smashing brian cells along the way! Lead Vocalist Jay B delivers through all this crazy riff rock his smooth power rock voice and rolls it up and shoots it up all under 3  minutes!

Cool thing is track 9 is Hollow Bones Pt 2 …..my prediction is they go chill with Part 2… What do you as my friends think?

Wowzers! These guys are Beasts!

Just so all of you don’t think I’m talking out of my arse I posted the video sooooo Crank It! Better Yet….Order It!

Hurry up June 10th!

SONIC WAVES REVIEW….Bachman/Heavy Blues

What do Neil Young,Peter Framptom,Jeff Healy(Rip),Joe Bonamassa,Robert Randolph,Luke Doucet and my homeboy from Rival Sons Scott Holiday have in common?

They all rip out some real cool guitar solos on different tracks on the new release by Randy Bachman called Bachman/Heavy Blues. How can you not admire Randy’s back catalogue of Canadian Rock Genius. The cat has written many a hit from the Guess Who thru to BTO and as well as solo act!(Hey You,Takin Care Of Business,You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,Undun,Prairie Town,American Woman and many others….)

The last Bachman album I bought was Any Road from 1993 so it’s been a while but too be honest I Was really intrigued when he got some top notch guitar heroes to put down there magic on his album plus for a added bonus feature Randy hired Anna Ruddick on drums and Dale Anne Brendan on bass!(female rhythm section!)

Kevin Shirley big producer guy of Zeppelin,Rush,Iron Maiden and many others is controlling the dial here(producing) so the sonics are intact!


THE EDGE-Randy makes no qualms about writing and playing a tune that could have fit nicely on The Whos By Numbers album! Yeah it’s a total tribute to Randys heroes! The 2 lady’s hold down the drums and bass were off to a real good start! Crank the video posted and you will know what I’m talking about!

TONS OF BRICKS- my homeboy Scot Holiday from the Rival Sons lays down some real sweet slide on track 2 and Mr Holiday is the first guest guitarist out of the gate and Scot throws it down! It’s great to see him leave the massive fuzz o distortion box and just crank down some serious guitar rock! The song itself is is a straight ahead rocker mixed with some acoustic and of course some real cool slide courtesy of Mr Holiday and he solos off the rails here! The lyrics tell Ya the world will hit you like a Ton Of A Bricks! For a added bonus Bachman takes on Satan in this tune and Scot ends the tune with some real ferocity of playing!

BAD CHILD – Joe Bonamassa shows up with his 6 string and plays to this mid tempo track and he wails on the solo while Randy and crew tell us he’s a Bad Child! Hahahaha at 71! Cool stuff Randy never change dude! Bonamassa man want can you say about this guy!

LITTLE GIRL LOST- this song is real good(cowbell included)and hey Randy’s Ol pal Neil Young shows up and riffs away as Randy tells us about the Little Girl Lost who’s basically a ahem lady of the night so to speak! Young during his solo cranks his amp to 11 and rocks this song almost to a ZZ Top shuffle of a sound! Neil takes over this song with his playing love his tone all big and fuzzy kinda cool shit!

LEARN TO FLY- This is another ZZ kinda sounding tune and Randy and the Ladies rock the Fort by themselves on this track. Great tune with real cool lines like “Shoulda coulda worked!” Man I hear Billy Gibbons on this track but he isn’t and Randy steps up 10 notches hear and jams down some serious riffing! Awesome track!

OH MY LORD- let’s keep ZZ sound going and Robert Randolph and his slide guitar show up along with some backing vocals from some ladies! This song is driven by the drums and they drive the Bachman bus forward! Tons of guitars on this track! That’s the cool thing here Randy lets these guitar guys do there thing and they deliver!

CONFESSIN TO THE DEVIL- almost like a Who Do You  Love kinda beat! The late great Jeff Healey lays down the solo on this track and it’s great to hear him! The chorus gets heavy with some Bachman power chords and backing vocals and Wowzers Bachman is going straight after Confessin To The Devil! Yeah man he is he says it not me! Healey pulls off the solo like you know he does and Bam he takes this tune up a notch!

HEAVY BLUES- Petey Frampton leaves the talk box at home and him and the Rand rock this tune together! Holy shit Frampton shows up and just hits the solo out of the park! The title track is a scorcher with the ladies on the drums/cowbell and bass just pushing the song forward into uncharted waters! The chorus ramps up big time and Frampton takes over!

WILD TEXAS RIDE- Bachman and the Girls rock this tune. Y themselves and holy hell more cowbell to sell and big guitars,big sound good job Kevin Shirley with the sonics to not overproduce this bad boy of a album! This is a fast little corker of a tune! Great solo by Bachman and he holds his own on this song with the big boys of guitar gods that are all over Heavy Blues!

PLEASE COME TO PARIS -this fella named Luke Doucet lays done some serious riffage and thsi song speeds up as it goes and this song has a real cool pace to it ! Doucet is a guy that i should out as he lays waste to his solo on this record I mean rips away but doesn’t over do it!

WE NEED TO TALK – a slower number that moves at a slower clip than the previous 10 tracks and that’s ok man Randy had the pedal pushed up to this point so let him chill will Ya! Great relaxing solo and Randy does a good job on this !

HEAVY BLUES-the only difference is this version has Randy rocking the solo and this is the same for the video that is posted!

IN CONCLUSION- too be totally honest with you if Randy Bachman just would have put out this record without these top notch guitar gurus I would have passed and  that would have been brutal of me as these songs are real good and to have the A list of guys involved is a added bonus! Bachman/Ruddick and Brendan show up and rock this album from start to finish! For the year 2015 Heavy Blues is a real awesome release of rock! Check it out …..

SONIC WAVES…Rival Sons/ Great Western Valkyrie

So since it’s officially 2015 now and lotsa people are doing fav lists in music/movies/books etc  I’m gonna throw down my top 5 of which I posted over at mikeladano.com yesterday but left #3 blank to which it now can be revealed is this Sonic Wave review of Rival Sons/Great Western Valkyrie!

Arena Rocks Top 5 for 2014

1-Slash World On Fire- 17 tracks no filler! Slash and crew rock it to the top with solid well written performed songs and Myles Kennedy further proves on this that he is becoming one of the rocks top vocalists!

2-Tragically Hip/Fully Completely- the bonus show added from the Horseshoe Tavern from 1992 is absolute Gold! The Hip have never sounded better and more importantly Gord Downie is totally off the rails with his in between stage banter! Great stuff!

3-Rival Sons/Great Western Valkyrie-read review below!

4-AC/DC/Rock Or Bust-35 minutes of just good Ol riffs n roll! What’s not to like!

5-Bryan Adams/Reckless Deluxe Edition-Adams steps up and pulls out all the stops on this mid 80s AOR masterpiece! The full Reckless album plus 7 unreleased studio tracks also a full show from the Reckless tour of 1985 from London England is included! Ladies and gents that’s how Ya do a Deluxe!

Since I’m kinda like becoming a bit of an old geezer it takes a lot for me to get into some new musical acts and dig  but my buddy at work Metal Todd( who has since upped and moved to Oregon) introduced me to The Rival Sons and boy I’m I glad he ever did!  Metal Todd ended up giving me a copy of Rival Sons Head Down album and it’s a very good release which I will have to tackle here as well at some point  but Metal Todd dug these guys so much that he took his wife Nic and flew from Tbay to Chicago to see the Sons play infront of a sold out crowd of like 200 people for like $15 a ticket! And hey brother thanks again for the Tee!

This blog is for Metal Todd and Nic!

2014 and Rival Sons release a very solid followup…

Ummm. Let’s go  Rockin with Jay Buchanan/ Scott Holiday/Dave Beste/Micheal Miley

ELECTRIC MAN-ok the first thing I dig about these guys is there sound! I mean this is the first song and the guitars are fuzzed up big time and Scott Holiday plays some catchy sounding riffs wheras his foil lead vocalist Jay Buchanan I hear some Paul Rodgers in his voice and man for me that’s a great thing! The sonics on this the first song are awesome and man when Jay lays down the “whoa hey,heeeeey,hey sexy lady” the dude has got the vocal chops no doubt! Also they make use of the keyboards on how they should make use of keyboards! In other words just filling out the sound and thats the way I like it! Also check out the vid above its the Sons playing live at the studios of Q-107 in T.O! Crank it!

GOOD LUCK- ahh yeah man….Scott rips the fuzz out of the box and jams some real cool guitar and man the hook in this tune is so catchy! Also of note the drummer Micheal Miley and Dave Beste rock and hold down the fort and man these cats can all play! No slouch amongst any of em! I love this tune! Good luck baby getting on without me! That ain’t me saying it that’s Jay laying down the Law! Hey there Ya go! Remember Paul Rodgers band from about say 25 years ago The Law? Naa I didn’t think so…I’m just trying to impress Ya with my rock knowledge!

SECRET-this song shows that the Sons can jam it up and drop in and make some cool time changes mid stream and keep it all in check! Actually the keyboard drives this tune but than Scott whacks out some more cool riffage and man what a great guitarist! Holiday does not play his guitar by the rules he kinda goes all over the place with his style But keeps himself and his 6 string in check! But yeah man..he’s got real good guitar style! Dave Cobb (producer)also must get a round of applause! He brings this album to life!

PLAY THE FOOL-Scott lays down the riff and is the driver of the bus on this song! The drums and bass drive it as well and Jay drops down some more cool vocals and its becoming apparent that these dudes love to jam and it shows!

GOOD THINGS- somewhat slows the pace a bit! Not to much though this song has a different kind of groove,more kinda like if your in the middle of the field somewhere and well your baked! Good Things will happen to you and Jays the preacher man on this tune.

OPEN MY EYES- Micheal lays down the drum beat and the boys all chip in and rock this the first single from the album and man it’s a catchy little rock ditty! This song tells us the listener that the Sons are crashing the party and aren’t leaving! Call the cleanup crew Metal Todd!

RICH AND POOR- Micheal slams the drums and the boys join him and man there’s that sneakey little keyboard riding along to the gig with the band! Big chorus/Big Riffs man it’s all in this song! Jay steps up once again with the singing! He’s gotta start topping some peoples lists soon I mean guys with deadly rock voices don’t come along too often! Case in point- when Seattle and the grunge rock noises came along and destroyed everything in its site,here comes this dude named Chris Cornell who easily caught my ear and to this day has to be in my top 5 all time vocalists! Shit man…he always sounds like he’s gonna toss up a lung ….Cornell he’s the man! Anyways Mr Buchanan though he’s making noise at the door of Chris Cornell!

BELLE STAR- cool song number ?? I’ve lost track it’s all good! This song the 4 musos strut there rock knowledge and keep it real! Love the looseness of the middle part of the song ! This is jam song number ?? Who knows and who cares …keep it going Sons!

DESTINATION ON COURSE- ha, so the Sons think your leaving party in a few minutes? Nope make that 7 minutes! What a way to close a album this song just plain trips out kinda like a mash up of mellow Zep slamming into something spacey by Pink Floyd! It’s out there man and for me this is a good chill for 7 minutes! Multilayered instruments on this add to the fire! What a way to end easily in my top 5 albums of 2014! Ok,now I got the munchies!

IN CONCLUSION- some people and myself earlier on would call these guys retro/ throwback rock but after listening to them now for a few years there just forging into some new sonic niches that haven’t been tapped and when they do borrow ..who fuckin cares! Like no one ever borrows musically from no one? Ha! The production and the sonics on this are wickedly brilliant!(take a bow Dave Cobb) This album now don’t laugh at me does totally remind me of U2s last great record Achtung Baby not in the songs but the sound! U2 1991 was making sounds that I had never heard sonically(Edges guitar)and here we are 2015 and Rival Sons are doing it to me again sonically!(Holidays guitar) Congrats fellas for messing with a ol buggers noggin!