The antidote to the surge of acoustic indie bands has come and its name is Rival Sons.
Best served with a whiskey neat and a bar fight after, Rival Sons is the kind of high-powered, ultra macho boxing match of a band that has been missing since the heyday of rock ’n’ roll swagger in the 1970s.
The band debuted in 2009 and rode the tide of blues-infused rock ’n’ roll that buoyed their peers, including the Heavy and the Black Keys. But Rival Sons owes more of its sound and success to its predecessor, Led Zeppelin. Guitarist Jimmy Page counts himself as a fan of the group and Rival Sons’ lead singer Jay Buchanan, who sports a shaggy head and bell bottoms, recalls a young Page. In a dream battle of the bands, you could pit Scott Holiday’s searing guitar riffs against Page himself.
Hailing from Southern California, the band takes the rest of its cues from the twangy American South. A Southern gothic vibe pervades Rival Sons’ entire aesthetic, from a music video playing on a Baptist revival, to drummer Mike Miley’s recent stage wardrobe that seems borrowed from a Tennessee moonshiner.
Lyrics weave tales of revenge, rebirth and sex, all fit for a vicious Quentin Tarantino soundtrack.
With Buffalo as the second stop on its tour after Toronto, Rival Sons should still have plenty of energy in a concert Friday in Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $21-$25 (townballroom.com).
– Leigh Giangreco