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Rival Sons Set March Release For Seventh Album 'Darkfighter', Share Lead Single

Friday, 14 October 2022 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Robby Klein

Rival Sons have announced their seventh studio album.

Produced by longtime collaborator and multi Grammy Award-winner Dave Cobb, 'Darkfighter' will arrive on March 10, following up 2019's 'Feral Roots'.

To accompany the news, the American rockers have shared the record's guitar-charged lead single, Nobody Wants To Die, which comes with a cinematic Éli Sokhn-directed grindhouse-style video that mirrors the blood-and-thunder nature of the song. Vocalist Jay Buchanan commented on the creative motivation behind it:

"You live your life knowing that the sword of Damocles is hanging over your head by a thread. You’re fully aware of the impermanence of your existence, but you can’t think about it all the time—or it’ll fuck your life up. I used to work in a mortuary as a service advisor for a few years, driving and opening the hearses. I’d attend three funerals per day. Sometimes, they would be filled over capacity. Other times, it would just be me, a priest, and a hole in the ground. It doesn’t matter who you are; the great equalizer is coming. I was thinking of this because the music sounded like pursuit."

Of the LP, he continued: "'Darkfighter' represents the cultural mitosis of isolation, the Pandemic, and the national fabric of the US getting looser and looser. When I say ‘cultural mitosis’, there are lines being drawn constantly. We’re so divided, and you can’t step over the lines without offending someone. It certainly informed my writing. We recognized a responsibility to put a good word on people’s ears so there’s a good word coming back on their tongues too. We missed the joy of the live show and that magical interaction. When it was taken from us, that made me want to sing about topics that were important. There are strong themes on this record of loss of identity, preservation of joy, and beholding light and shape again."

Lead guitarist Scott Holiday added: "Records are a healthy form of escapism. I hope this one takes you as far away as possible. Our intent was to create a cinematic body of work. As soon as the doors shut behind you, you’re enveloped on the ride. This is the sound of us really coming into our own. We’ve gotten further from our influences and gotten closer to what we are. 'Darkfighter' sounds like the Rival Sons."

The four-piece will celebrate the announcement with an intimate one-off show at the Peppermint Club in Los Angeles on October 18.

'Darkfighter' tracklist:

1. Mirrors
2. Nobody Wants to Die
3. Bird in the Hand
4. Bright Light
5. Rapture
6. Guillotine
7. Horses Breath
8. Darkside

Rival Sons Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Tue October 18 2022 - LOS ANGELES California - Peppermint Club (USA)
Fri October 28 2022 - ST LOUIS Missouri - Off Broadway (USA)
Sat October 29 2022 - CHICAGO Illinois - Chubby Bear (USA)

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