Rival Sons are a blues rock outfit from Long Beach.
This is their second full studio album on Earache Records … “Head Down”
Following on from support slots to such diverse and legendary bands as Judas Priest, Guns N Roses, Evanescence and Black Stone Cherry, Rival Sons have returned with a stunning new album, with a fresh new sound, perhaps best described by the band themselves:
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.”
These are the various release formats that were created, I worked on the production management and redesigning the artwork/layouts for the various special editions merchandise and promotional singles.
The main formats are a 6 panel digisleeve CD with a 16 page booklet, a gatefold 2xLP 180g vinyl and for some stores a jewelcase version was created. We also did a limited edition CD digi box set with custom Rival Sons belt buckle, and a limited edition orange vinyl with stencilled artwork made by the band themselves.
Head Down Vinyl
Full set including promo singles
Six Panel digisleeve
Note the left hand page of the digi sleeve booklet is left black on request of the band for signing for fans at gigs.
Special edition German box set