Rival Sons: Stop The Zeppelin Comparisons!
Rival Sons don’t want to be directly compared to Led Zeppelin, even though they are fans of the band.
Talking to Classic Rock, vocalist Jay Buchanan said: “To go on about us and Zeppelin is just lazy. I love the band, and it is an honour to be mentioned with them. I understand where it comes from, but we have a lot more going for us than sounding like them. Why not mention Foghat as well?
“I know my vocal style owes something to Robert Plant, but it’s also got similarities to Steve Marriott and Johnny Ray.”
Buchanan actually grew up listening to blues greats from the age of five or six.
“I was into the likes of Robert Johnson, Howling Wolf, Leadbelly, Willie Dixon and John Lee Hooker. I didn’t actually hear Zeppelin until I was 13, although I loved the band as soon as they came into my life. I thought, ‘O yes, this is rock ’n’ roll!’.”
However, Buchanan accepts that it’s down to Rival Sons to get past those Zeppelin comparisons, and there’s only one way to do it.
“We have to keep on making records which are true to what we are trying to do, and by doing this we’ll across to everyone that we are not the new Led Zeppelin, but the first Rival Sons.
The band have headline dates next month, as well as the opening slot on the Judas Priest/Queensryche UK tour and will also be appearing at High Voltage. Their new album, Pressure & Time, comes out through Earache on June 20.
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