Keep On Swinging is the first single from Californian blues-rockers Rival Sons highly anticipated new album Head Down. Just over a week left until the record is released, the first single swings out nicely, sure you can hear that it's Rival Sons. Incredibly promising start. Head Down is due to be released on September 17.
The album was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with Grammy-nominated producer Dave Cobb (JAMIE JOHNSON, SHOOTER JENNINGS) and Grammy-wining engineer Vance Powell (JACK WHITE, THE WHITE STRIPES, KINGS OF LEON). The artwork was created by Jason Holley (JOSH RITTER, RAY LAMONTAGNE).
Rival Sons frontman Jay Buchanan: "We took a lyric from one of the songs that exemplified the process of making the record. 'Head down' comes from the term 'Keep your head down and keep on swinging.' I thought it was fitting and it works perfectly with the album cover."
Guitarist Scott Holiday: "Songs were once again written and recorded on the spot, allowing the listener to really peer in and catch a snapshot of the moment, and our immediate instincts. Most songs were captured in a few takes, not to mention plenty of first-takers. Pretty off the cuff and unadulterated. We have never had a wish to be predictable or sedentary with our music, and this record explores and supports that ethos pretty well. In other words, this record is not 'Pressure & Time', but delves into a bunch of other musical ideas and sounds. Much more of a 'long-form' record as a whole. Fist-pumpers, ass-shakers, foot-stompers, air guitaring/bassing/drummers, tear-jerkers, heart-string-pullers, and a few straight-up freakouts."
The album is available directly from the Earache Webstores as a standard jewel case CD, a digisleeve CD, plus a deluxe gatefold audiophile double orange vinyl, complete with a download card for the full album!
Additionally, exclusive to the Earache Webstore, we have a fantastic stencil edition pack, with each piece completely unique and created by the band themselves! The stencil art is made on a 15" x 15" 140lb artcard for the highest quality. Each piece of artwork will come framed, ready to be placed straight on to your wall!
Enjoy todays tune!!!
Rival Sons once again worked with director Greg Ephraim when shooting the Video, the guy who also shot the band’s music videos for Pressure And Time.
Frontman Jay Buchanan comments:
“Shooting the video for Keep On Swinging was a pleasure. Snake-handling while wailing to a congregation in an old church is pretty high up there on the list of odd ways to pass the time. Excuse me while I go to hell.”
Drummer Michael Miley adds:
“We recently returned from an exciting expedition; it was an adventure. The Spirit was moving in that room. We were playing in a church somewhere in the South (can’t reveal exact location) and had to convince this congregation we could be a musical catalyst for the casting out of demons; we succeeded! We had to tame snakes with our music. There was a swarm of ravens. A girl that was baptised was on fire! Crazy stuff! And it was all caught on tape… I’m sure it will be all over the interwebs soon. Be on the lookout…”
09/21/12, Brighton, Concord 2, United Kingdom
09/22/12, Bristol, Thekla, United Kingdom
09/23/12, Nottingham, Rescue Rooms, United Kingdom
09/24/12, Sheffield, Corporation, United Kingdom
09/26/12, Newcastle, Academy 2, United Kingdom
09/27/12, Glasgow, Garage, United Kingdom
09/28/12, Manchester, Ritz, United Kingdom
09/29/12, Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall, United Kingdom
10/01/12, London, Electric Ballroom, United Kingdom
10/02/12, Antwerp, Trix, Belgium
10/03/12, Amsterdam, Melkweg, Netherlands
10/04/12, Cologne, Werkstatt, Germany
10/05/12, Berlin, Postbanhof, Germany
10/07/12, Warsaw, Hydrozagadka, Poland
10/08/12, Vilnius, New York, Lithuania
10/09/12, Tallin, Rock Café, Estonia
10/11/12, Helsinki, Club Circus, Finland
10/12/12, Tampere, Pakkahuone, Finland
10/13/12, Oulu, Club Teatria, Finland
10/15/12, Stockholm, Tyrol, Sweden
10/16/12, Oslo, Rockefeller, Norway
10/17/12, Stavanger, Folken, Norway
10/18/12, Bergen, Hulen, Norway
10/20/12, Gothenburg, Tradgarn, Sweden
10/21/12, Copenhagen, Vega, Denmark
10/22/12, Hamburg, Knust, Germany
10/23/12, Munich, 59:1, Germany
10/24/12, Vienna, B72, Austria
10/26/12, Bern, Bierhubeli, Switzerland
10/27/12, Milan, Magazzini Generali, Italy
10/28/12, Solothurn, Kofmehl, Switzerland
10/29/12, Paris, Nouveau Casino, France
More info @
Official Rival Sons Web
Listen to ”Rival Sons - Keep On Swinging" on Spotify here!