Rival Sons – Tickets – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR – May 3rd, 2019

Rival Sons

Monqui Presents

Rival Sons

The Sheepdogs

Friday May 3

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$25.00

This event is all ages

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Rival Sons
Rival Sons
Based in sunny Los Angeles, California, Rival Sons evoke the bluesy rock of bands like Led Zeppelin and the Black Crowes. Formed in 2008, the quartet of Scott Holiday (guitar), Robin Everhart (bass), Mike Miley (drums), and Jay Buchanan (vocals) captures that massively huge, guitar-driven classic rock sound, with rock-solid drumming and a riff-oriented approach to songwriting backing up Buchanan’s soaring vocals. Shortly after forming, the band self-released its debut, Before the Fire, in 2009. The quartet got some exposure when its song "Tell Me Something" was used in an ad campaign for Indy car racing, and the following year they opened for some high-profile acts, including hard rock legends Alice Cooper and AC/DC. That same year, Rival Sons made the unlikely jump to extreme metal label Earache, who signed the band after coming across their music online.

Pressure & Time
In 2011, the band released its follow-up album (and first physical release), Pressure & Time, which went on to be voted Classic Rock magazine's number two album of the year. They were also invited by Amy Lee to tour the U.S. with her band Evanescence. They stuck with the classic rock riffs and blues-influenced sound on their third record, Head Down, which was released in 2012 to widespread critical acclaim and was a modest hit in numerous territories; its greatest success was in Scandinavia where it hit the Top 20 in three countries, including a number six chart position in Sweden. Rival Sons toured heavily in support of the album, playing the Download Festival and supporting big names like Kiss and Sammy Hagar.

Great Western Valkyrie
Everhart left the band in late 2013 due to the rigors of touring and was replaced by Dave Beste. Their fourth full-length, Great Western Valkyrie, was recorded in early 2014 in Nashville, with Dave Cobb once again producing. It was issued in June.
The Sheepdogs
The Sheepdogs
Trends come and go, styles fall in and out of fashion, but The Sheepdogs remain steadfast in their commitment to rock n' roll excellence. Since their inception, the band has always sought to play the kind of music they themselves love: "Pure, simple, good-time music," as singer/guitarist Ewan Currie puts it. It's no surprise, then, that the band's fifth LP, Future Nostalgia, is firmly rooted in the rock tradition that listeners have come to expect from the boys.

The idea was simple: find a nice, quiet, secluded place and make a record packed with all the hot guitar licks and sing-along choruses they could muster. So the band holed up in a rented house in the remote, idyllic setting of Stony Lake, Ontario, and set about creating a studio where they could work all hours of the day. "We wanted to cut out all the noise and get back to a place where we could just fully immerse ourselves in music," says Currie, who took on production duties for the album. "We worked hard, but we also made sure to keep it loose and have ourselves a good time."

Future Nostalgia is the middle ground between the JUNO-winning, platinum-certified Learn & Burn, which spawned the rock radio staple "I Don't Know," and its equally successful follow-up, 2012's The Sheepdogs, featuring the instantly-recognizable, Gold-certified singles "Feeling Good" and "The Way It Is."

The former was recorded by Currie and the band in their hometown of Saskatoon before they were propelled to fame as the first unsigned band to grace the cover of Rolling Stone, pressure free and at their own pace. Its follow-up, however, recorded in Nashville with producer and Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney, was a much more formal and rigid studio experience. This time, the band aimed to combine the successes and lessons learned from these opposite ends of the recording spectrum.

Future Nostalgia builds upon The Sheepdogs' foundation of feel-good vocal harmonizing and nasty guitar jamming. "Our musical journey has been about trying to find how we sound our best," states Currie, and the album represents the pinnacle of their progress thus far. That's made immediately clear from the opening riff of "Downtown," an undeniable straight-up rocker that sparkles with the warmth of summer. Down at the other end of the street is "Bad Lieutenant," which walks a dark and sexy strut courtesy of bassist Ryan Gullen and drummer Sam Corbett, who also tear up the furious "I Really Wanna Be Your Man."

Newcomers Rusty Matyas and Ewan's brother Shamus Currie, on guitar and keys respectively, bring a new spirit to the wistful back porch vibes of "Same Old Feeling" or the brooding melancholy of "Jim Gordon." Elsewhere, the ominous groove of "Help Us All" calls to mind the bleak violence of Blood Meridian as sung by Sly & the Family Stone, punctuated by a devastating trombone solo from Shamus.

Now, The Sheepdogs are eager to embark on the next leg of their journey, which will involve many miles logged and stages played. "I'm excited for people to hear the album, because it's a labour of love," Currie says proudly. "Now, it's just about getting it out there and getting people into it."

From their cramped Saskatchewan jam space to gold and platinum records and shows with rock icons, The Sheepdogs haven't strayed from their goal of sharing pure, passionate rock n' roll with anyone who'll listen – and Future Nostalgia is packed with it.

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