Rival Sons unleash hugely-anticipated album, ‘DARKFIGHTER’

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Rival Sons play rock ‘n’ roll in its purest form without apology or pretense. Instead, they simply plug in, turn up, and rip on a path of their own. The 2x GRAMMY® Award-nominated band released their hugely anticipated new album, DARKFIGHTER, via Low Country Sound/Atlantic Records this past Friday.

Lead guitarist, Scott Holiday, shares his thoughts on the album:

“It’s a great and accomplished feeling to be able to present to everyone our 8th album: ‘DARKFIGHTER.’ This is most certainly our most focused and well-thought-out album. Something I am very proud of on a personal level. From the early writing and recording to the mixing and mastering… and even the artwork… this is something that represents very much where we are and especially how we have grown. We’ve done our best to push the limits on every aspect once again.”

Lead vocalist, Jay Buchanan, expands on the record:

“This is a new feeling, a new experience to think of ‘DARKFIGHTER’ being released. This one is a breed apart. The band has never had so much time to create a collection and we’ve certainly never collaborated more deeply on any album in our career. In retrospect, the experience and life lived while writing and recording this one feels dense; like ten years were lived in just those two. Eighth record in, I’m thankful we consciously challenged the vocabulary we’ve built together – more for our survival as a band than anything else.”

Rival Sons are marking the arrival of DARKFIGHTER with a truly epic live schedule, including a special guest run on Smashing Pumpkins’ The World Is a Vampire Summer 2023 North American Tour, also featuring Stone Temple Pilots and Interpol, getting underway August 1 at Salt Lake City, UT’s USANA Amphitheatre and then continuing through early September. Tickets for all announced dates are on sale now. For complete details and ticket information, visit

In the meantime, Rival Sons have embarked on their own extensive North American headline run, The DARKFIGHTER Tour, which comes to an end at Ogden Theatre in Denver on June 18th. Special guests throughout include The Black Angels and The Record Company, with Starcrawler also appearing on select dates.

DARKFIGHTER will be accompanied by a stunning companion volume, LIGHTBRINGER, arriving later this year. Both produced by longtime collaborator and 8x GRAMMY® Award-winner Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell), the two new LPs mark the first new music from Rival Sons in more than four years, following 2019’s GRAMMY® Award-nominated sixth studio album, FERAL ROOTS.

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