The Echo Presents
Night Horse, Lecherous Gaze, Sir Madam
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90026
This event is 18 and over
There’s a lot missing from today’s generation of rock & roll bands: groove, soul, and swagger; but most importantly – honesty and danger. Without these elements, or “ways of life,” music loses its edge and its ability to move people. Luckily for the music and personalities of California’s Rival Sons, they have not abandoned this ethos.
Rival Sons is a raucous, maximum-blues-infused, hard rock band
, who explode with the rhythm and roughness of some of the greatest rock acts of all time. From a self-released full-length album (Before the Fire) and EP (self-titled), to the strength of their live performances, the band gains major attention everywhere they play. Recent accolades include a stint opening up for legends like AC/DC and Alice Cooper, several USO shows with Kid Rock, and a televised performance, center track, in the pit, at The Indianapolis 500, the world’s largest sporting event. The Huffington Post even dubbed Rival Sons as “one of the top 5 bands to watch” during 2010’s CMJ Music Marathon in New York City.
Despite the achievements and rabid following, Rival Sons have already attained on their own accord, any member of the band will say creating quality music and leaving a lasting impression is what matters most. Lead Vocalist Jay Buchanan, guitarist Scott Holiday, bassist Robin Everhart, and drummer Mike Miley, pride themselves on being the sum of their parts. They were brought together by a love of music, both common and uncommon influences. More importantly, they came together to bring the current state of rock and roll back to it’s finest elements (see opening statement). Their artistic chemistry is true. In their own words, they “want to give the people the rock and roll they deserve by keeping it honest, visceral, and dangerous”.
It’s that heart, the independent and fighting spirit of Rival Sons, which brought the band to Earache Records fall of 2010. “There was just the right amount of audacity and bending of the rules for us to dig the idea of being on a [traditionally] death metal label.” Says guitarist, Scott Holiday.
Rival Sons’ full length Earache debut, recorded in Los Angeles, was released worldwide in May 2011. On this record, the band committed themselves to creating an experience that closely matches the attitude and excitement of one of their live performances. Right off of a 4 week stint on the road, Rival Sons wrote, recorded, and mixed the album in just 20 days; this ensures a rawness for both the listener and the band. Explains frontman, Jay Buchanan, “in the code of the Samurai, any decision must be made between 3 and 5 breaths … Writing by that code forces us to act, go with our instincts and really, truly listen to each other. Creatively, you’re bringing your most immediate instincts.” This method of writing, is not new to Rival Sons.
Proven fruitful, this method was originally used while creating Before The Fire. As Holiday puts it, “This is just the simplest way to not cheat ourselves or the listener. Rock and Roll can’t be over-thought, and if it is, it loses it’s immediacy and instinct … it needs to be a knife fight, not a knife dance.”
The ‘Pressure and Time’ album immediately lit the fuse that sent Rival Sons into overdrive. Not only did the album gain rave reviews, but the subsequent live work from the band made sure that fans were left in no doubt as the authenticity of the music, and the passion with which the band played the songs on stage. Playing prestigious festivals like Sonisphere, T in the Park, Werchter and Arras, the band were also as at home supporting metal legends Judas Priest as they were playing headline dates. The record quickly charted in the UK, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland and beyond, and by the time Rival Sons embarked on their first full length headline tour of Europe in November 2011 the band had sold out every UK show as well as gigs across the continent. The band also made their debut live TV appearances in Germany and America, and found time to appear live at the annual Classic Rock Awards, where they performed a magical acoustic set to the assembled dignitaries.
At the end of 2011, Rival Sons were voted ‘Best New Band’ by listeners of Planet Rock radio, and found ‘Pressure and Time’ voted No.2 Album of the Year by Classic Rock Magazine. The band will record a brand new album in Nashville in February 2012, followed by a 14 date UK tour with Black Stone Cherry.
Groove, soul, swagger and danger are the ethos by which the Rival Sons live and breathe. They claim to have sworn an oath to keep the process and their performance to nothing less than honest. Their music sums up a time when Rock made more than a “viral buzz”. Rival Sons harken back to when the thrill of rock and roll truly made a difference … And that time has been resurrected.
NIGHT HORSE exploded on to the Los Angeles rock scene in 2008, playing their first live show ever while mixing their debut EP "The Dark Wont Hide You" for Tee Pee Records. Since then, Night Horse has caught the ears and eyes of critics and fans alike with their unique ability to blend the classic sounds of hard rock and blues music with a much needed breath of contemporary fresh air. “If Sonic Y
outh had been immersed in an ocean of Allman Brothers inspiration, or Soundgarden had been steeped in late 60s Fleetwood Mac, then they might have turned out something like this. Night Horse take traditional blues-rock, spark it up with riotously noisy flashes and drag the rhythms through an early-90s grunge experience. Moreover, they’re cohesive, charismatic and compelling.”
Night Horse return with their highly anticipated sophomore effort "Perdition Hymns", produced and mixed by Matt Bayles (Pearl Jam, Mastodon, The Sword). "Perdition Hymns" is a patent demonstration of a group that has quickly become a well-refined song-writing machine. The band has chiseled the six-minute jam style songwriting of "The Dark Wont Hide You" into the hook-laden gems that comprise "Perdition Hymn
From the smoldering ashes of punk rock powerhouse Annihilation Time, which festered for a year and a half in a downtown Oakland flop house noted for once housing bands like High on Fire and Drunk Horse, rises the Lecherous Gaze. Steeping themselves in the Hendrix-tripped guitar-god worship of bombastic 70's rock and the primordial 60s rockin' rawness of Chuck Berry, Graham Clise and company's hard-core of Flag and Sabbath worship has congealed into a sticky sweet nug of potent hard rock hash. New front man Lakis Panagiotopulos's soulful timbres, inspiring comparisons to the legendary larynges of Joey Ramone and Glenn Danzig, layer over the punishing grooves of Chris Grande and Noel Sullivan, as mad axe man Clise shreds his Marshalls to their breaking points. Spending 2010 in a pupal stage of cooking up their jams into a frenzy-inducing stew of awesomeness, while members worked fill-in gigs for the likes of Saviours, Witch and Sweet Apple, Lecherous Gaze have transmuted into the perfect beast to carry rock and roll into the 2012 Armageddon.
Sir Madam is a two piece garage rock band from Huntington Beach California. Kishori (Carmen) Holiday on Vocals and Guitar and Andrew Garza on Drums.