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Rival Sons Announce 'Darkfighter' Companion LP 'Lightbringer', Share New Single Sweet Life

Friday, 18 August 2023 Written by Laura Johnson

Photo: Patrik Skoglöw

Rival Sons will release a new album this autumn.

'Lightbringer' is set to arrive on October 20, and acts as a companion record to its predecessor 'Darkfighter', which came out in June. Guitarist Scott Holiday said:

“When you do two albums back-to-back like this, there are a lot of things to think about. The first record has to pack enough of a punch and tell enough of a story for the second half to have an even bigger impact. We balanced them out with energy and meaning, but the follow-up always needed to deliver a bigger blow. I think LIGHTBRINGER provides this.”

“DARKFIGHTER is a new Rival Sons, and LIGHTBRINGER is the clear definition of what we are now," added vocalist Jay Buchanan. "We broke ground on DARKFIGHTER, but LIGHTBRINGER is a step beyond the personal innovation and exploration. It goes a little further.

"We really took everything into our own hands and pushed to see how far we could go. It was a self-exploration to see who we were and who we’ll be now. We had more friction and compromise than ever, because we isolated the bare essence of where we needed to go—and then we went there.”

As a preview of the new record, they've shared the track Sweet Life, a driving blues-rock track that quickly grabs your attention. Introducing it, Buchanan said:

“It’s the most old-school Rival Sons song on either of these two records. It has all of the early elements of what Rival Sons is and was. It was born out of my love mid-sixties rock like The Animals, The Kinks, and the bands I was raised on. It’s a bit of a break from all of the heavy subject matter too; it’s a barnburner.”

The Grammy-nominated band are currently touring the US supporting The Smashing Pumpkins, in between which they've lined up headline dates and festival appearances. They'll also bring The Darkfighter Tour to the UK and Europe this autumn. Head below for dates and ticket details.

'Lightbringer' tracklist: 

  1. Darkfighter
  2. Mercy
  3. Redemption
  4. Sweet Life
  5. Before The Fire
  6. Mosaic

Rival Sons Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Sat August 26 2023 - MONTREAL Quebec - Theâtre Beanfield (Canada)
Sun August 27 2023 - PORTLAND Maine - State Theatre Portland Maine (USA)
Tue August 29 2023 - HARRISBURG Pennsylvania - XL Live (USA)
Wed September 06 2023 - MCKEES ROCKS Pennsylvania - Roxian Theatre (USA)
Thu September 07 2023 - KNOXVILLE Tennessee - Mill & Mine (USA)

ri October 13 2023 - LONDON Roundhouse
Sat October 14 2023 - NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE NX
Mon October 16 2023 - GLASGOW Barrowland
Tue October 17 2023 - BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy Birmingham
Wed October 18 2023 - MANCHESTER Manchester Academy
Fri October 20 2023 - CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange
Sat October 21 2023 - BRISTOL O2 Academy Bristol
Sun October 22 2023 - SOUTHAMPTON O2 Guildhall Southampton

Tue October 24 2023 - ST HERBLAIN La Carriere (France)
Wed October 25 2023 - LYON Le Radiant (France)
Fri October 27 2023 - PARIS Olympia (France)
Sat October 28 2023 - LAUSANNE Les Docks (Switzerland)
Sun October 29 2023 - MILAN Alcatraz (Italy)
Tue October 31 2023 - VIENNA Gasometer (Austria)
Wed November 01 2023 - ZURICH XTra (Switzerland)
Thu November 02 2023 - MUNICH Theaterfabrik (Germany)
Sat November 04 2023 - PRAGUE Lucerna Music Bar (Czech Republic)
Sun November 05 2023 - WARSAW Klub Stodola (Poland)
Mon November 06 2023 - POZNAN Music Club B17 (Poland)
Wed November 08 2023 - BERLIN Huxleys Neue Welt (Germany)
Thu November 09 2023 - AMSTERDAM Melkweg (Netherlands)
Fri November 10 2023 - COLOGNE Kantine (Germany)
Sun November 12 2023 - BRUSSELS Ancienne Belgique (Belgium)
Mon November 13 2023 - HAMBURG Grosse Freiheit (Germany)
Tue November 14 2023 - COPENHAGEN Grey Hall (Denmark)
Thu November 16 2023 - BERGEN Forum Scene (Norway)
Fri November 17 2023 - OSLO Sentrum Scene (Norway)
Sat November 18 2023 - STOCKHOLM BK (Sweden)
Mon November 20 2023 - HELSINKI House of Culture (Finland)
Tue November 21 2023 - TAMPERE Tampere Hall (Finland)

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