Hard rockers Rival Sons released Feral Roots, the band’s sixths studio album, in January via Low Country Sound and Elektra Records. Rival Sons play 9:30 Club on Monday, April 22.
Rival Sons recently released the title track of the song as a single.
“That song is one of my favorite collaborations that Scott [Holiday, guitarist] and I have ever done,” singer Jay Buchanan told Billboard. “I had written the verses and the chord changes and these lyrics and I showed it to him, and Scott knows I’m very much into Appalachian melodies and the dark side of bluegrass and the mountain side of country music.
“He immediately goes, ‘Yeah, man, I totally get it.’ At one point later I called him and said, ‘Look man, this is a little too Appalachian-style and I think it needs some fuzz and that collective identity,’ and he didn’t skip a beat. It all fit like a glove, and it was a great creative flashpoint to witness.”
Watch a visualizer for “Feral Roots” by Rival Sons on YouTube:
In a review for Consequence of Sound, Michael Pementel says while the band unmistakably creates terrific heavy rock, the new songs demonstrate a great deal of instrumental variety.
“If you’re brand new to Rival Sons, then Feral Roots is an excellent place to start. Across 11 tracks, the band keeps listeners engaged thanks to a spread of bluesy rock. Electric rhythms intertwine with warm vocals and glowing melodies throughout Feral Roots, making for an experience where listeners will find something different to enjoy in each track,” Michael wrote.